In a move that is sure to ruffle some royal feathers, Prince Harry has put pen to paper to tell his life story in a new book. Penguin Random House announced today that they have acquired the Duke of Sussex’s memoir, which will be published in late 2022.
“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become,” Harry said. “I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literately and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story — the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned — I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think. I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
According to Page Six, Harry has been working with ghostwriter J.R. Moehringer on the project and the first draft has not been turned in yet. The deadline was allegedly pushed back to October amidst further royal drama, the publication said.
The book will be released in print, digital, and audio format by Penguin Random House in the United States and Canada, and will be published in the UK by Penguin Random House imprint Transworld.
“In an intimate and heartfelt memoir from one of the most fascinating and influential global figures of our time, Prince Harry will share, for the very first time, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him,” the publisher said in a statement.
Prince Harry will be donating proceeds to charity, although Penguin Random House didn’t specify what percentage.
Although it’s unclear exactly what Harry will reveal in the book, the publisher said it will cover “his lifetime in the public eye from childhood to the present day, including his dedication to service, the military duty that twice took him to the frontlines of Afghanistan, and the joy he has found in being a husband and father.”
“All of us at Penguin Random House are thrilled to publish Prince Harry’s literary memoir and have him join the world-renowned leaders, icons, and change-makers we have been privileged to publish over the years,” Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle said. “Prince Harry has harnessed his extraordinary life experience as a prince, a soldier, and a knowledgeable advocate for social issues, establishing himself as a global leader recognized for his courage and openness. It is for that reason we’re excited to publish his honest and moving story.”
Buckingham Palace has yet to comment on the forthcoming memoir.