The Duke of Sussex is to write an “intimate and heartfelt” memoir of his life, from childhood to the present day.
The book, to be released late next year, will share the “definitive account” of his “experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons,” publisher Penguin Random House announced last night.
Prince Harry, who will donate the proceeds to charity, said he was “excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
The book marks the first time a senior royal has ever written such a personal account of their life and the prospect is likely to send shockwaves through the Royal family.
Buckingham Palace aides declined to comment last night. It is not known if the Queen, or other senior members of the family, were informed about the project before it was announced.
The Duke has reportedly been working on it for almost a year, since he and Meghan confirmed that they would not be returning as working members of the Royal family.
He is said to have joined forces with Pulitzer-winning ghostwriter JR Moehringer, an American journalist and novelist.
The Duke said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.
“I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally 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.”
He added: “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.”
The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry attend Royal Ascot in 2018
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The first draft of the manuscript, currently untitled, is said to be almost completed, with the deadline in October.
Publication in late 2022 year could bring a dramatic end to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.
It follows a raft of television and podcast interviews in which he has spoken extensively about his life, often focusing on the damage he believes he suffered as a member of the Royal family and his mental health struggles following the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
The Sussexes have accused the Royal family of racism, while Meghan said the pressure of royal life left her sudical, claiming the institution offered no support.
Prince Harry in Australia wearing the traditional Akubra leather hat
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More recently, the Duke said on his new AppleTV mental health series that “forces working against” them had tried to make it “impossible” for them to leave the UK.
The Duke did not disclose which charity he had chosen to donate the proceeds to, although it is thought unlikely they will be channelled into his own Archewell Foundation.
The publisher said the book would cover his military service and the joy he has found in being a husband and father.
It added: “Prince Harry will offer an honest and captivating personal portrait, one that shows readers that behind everything they think they know lies an inspiring, courageous, and uplifting human story.”
Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House, said: “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.
“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 recognised for his courage and openness. It is for that reason we’re excited to publish his honest and moving story.”
The book will be published in both print and digital formats and an audiobook edition will be released simultaneously by Penguin Random House Audio.