OMG: Prince Harry Is Releasing A Memoir Next Year

by Erica Gerald Mason
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The royal will write about his life so far

Quick, somebody check on Prince Charles and Prince William: their estranged son and brother, Prince Harry, seventh in line to the throne, announced plans to publish his memoir. Details of the deal, released by Random House, include a quote from Harry, “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born, but the man I’ve become.”

Better yet, someone check on the entire British Royal Family. Harry has some things to say.

According to a press release on the Archewell website, “[The] intimate and heartfelt memoir 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.”

The release continues, “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.”

The press release includes a quote from the prince. “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,” Harry announced. “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 statement also says that Prince Harry will donate his proceeds from the book to charity.

Fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tweeted their support of Harry’s new venture.

The news of the prince’s memoir comes on the heels of a tumultuous few years. In 2016, Harry released a statement to ask the media for privacy for his then-girlfriend Meghan Markle. At the time, the press had bombarded family, friends, and the filming locations of the show Suits.

Following Harry and Meghan’s engagement in 2017 and subsequent wedding in 2018, some press (and royal-watchers) used what many consider racist language in talking about the couple. According to Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple tried asking for help from The Firm, as the British royals call the business side of the monarchy. The pair claim no help was offered.

Citing maltreatment by both the press and the family, the pair stepped back from their role as senior royals and fled to the US (by way of Canada). The Sussexes have since made a series of baller moves, inking deals with Netflix, Spotify, Apple+, and now Random House.

Across the pond, the Windsors struggle to deal with the aftermath of the allegations made in the Oprah interview. Prince William, third in line to the throne and destined to be king, made a brief statement to the press after the explosive interview telling the world, “we are very much not a racist family.”