Prince Harry’s memoir is a “huge problem”, according to a prominent royal author.
Harry’s first literary project was announced by publishers Penguin Random House last year, with the prince promising an “accurate and entirely truthful” account of his life so far.
Since that initial announcement, with the book’s release date slated for “late 2022,” the publishers have given no further details about the project. There has been growing speculation in the British press that the prince sought to make changes to the text after the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, last month.
During an appearance at the Cheltenham Literary Festival in England on Tuesday, Tina Brown, the former editor of vanity lounge and author of Palace paperssaid that although Harry “still” has “iconic status”, she would not be shocked if the prince regretted his agreement to publish the memoir.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he felt [that it’s a mistake]but the truck rolled,” she said, according to the Daily mail.
“It’s not just the lead. The publisher has bet a lot on that. I think it’s a huge problem for them. I feel really bad for him right now.
Since the project was announced last year, reports have swirled about the potential content of the book and how personal the revelations it contains will be.
According to a previous interview for the daily beastBrown said the memoir would bring special ‘agony’ to King Charles III, and his wife Queen Camilla ‘lives in awe’ of its publication as Harry is expected to discuss the life and untimely death of his mother , Princess Diana. .
In a press release issued at the time of the book’s announcement, Harry said: “I write this not as the prince I was born, but as the man I have become. I have carried many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and I hope that by telling my story – the ups and downs, 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 am deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I have learned in my life so far and I look forward to people reading a first-hand account of my life that is accurate and completely truthful.”
Under potential pressure from its publisher, Penguin Random House seeks to quickly get the memoir on the shelves, Pleasemynews heard.
“The publisher will be keen to release the book as soon as possible,” Rutger Bruining said., CEO and founder of leading memoir writing service StoryTerrace, said Pleasemynews.
“The Royal Family has dominated our newsfeeds since the Queen passed away and with the upcoming coronation of King Charles. The longer they wait, the more likely current events will encourage Harry to change his mind about what has already been written. thus further delaying the process.
“The rights to Harry’s biography are a publisher’s dream and the former prince will have had a strong influence in the negotiations,” he added.
“His legal team should therefore have been able to negotiate a lot of flexibility. Either way, the book will contain telling stories and details that will be open to debate. And even if they are not sensationalized for the public, the book will be a subject of persistent conversation, placed in an incredibly prominent spotlight.”
As for the potential problems it could cause with the Royal Family, Brown told the Cheltenham Literary Festival audience that Harry was between a rock and a hard place.
“If he doesn’t do the book, I think it’s a real waste, commercially and if he does the book, it’s really going to take him away from his family,” she said, according to the Daily mail.
“No matter how bad things get, no one wants to be separated from their family.”
Bruining’s view is no different, telling Pleasemynews“Whether the book brings him closer to his family or alienates him will depend on whether it increases his popularity with the British public, and whether that comes at the expense of the royal family as a whole.”
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle spent an extended stay in Britain last month when Elizabeth died as the couple made a pre-arranged visit to the country to attend charity events.