New York (AFP)
Britain’s Prince Harry is writing intimate and honest memoirs that will expose “mistakes” and “lessons learned” over the course of his life, publisher Penguin Random House said on Monday.
The announcement comes at a time of strained relations between Harry and the British Royal Family, amid allegations by his wife Meghan of bullying and royal racism, and the couple’s shocking move to the United States last year.
It will be the first time that a British royal has written such a book, according to British media.
“I am writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become,” Prince Harry said in a statement released by Penguin Random House.
“I have worn many hats over the years, 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 little no matter where we’re from, we have more in common than we think.
“I am deeply grateful that I have had the opportunity to share what I have learned in my life so far and look forward to people reading a firsthand account of my life that is accurate and totally truthful. “
Unveiling the plans on Twitter, the giant New York-based publishing house described the book – due out late next year – as “an intimate and heartfelt memoir of one of the world’s most fascinating and fascinating personalities. most influential of our time ”.
The book will cover his childhood – Harry was only 12 when his mother, Prince Diana, died in a car crash in Paris – as well as his military service, including two tours in Afghanistan.
The “honest and captivating personal portrait” will also tell of the “joy he found in being a husband and a father,” according to the publisher.
Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, sat down in March for an explosive interview with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey, sparking the royals’ biggest crisis in decades.
During the two-hour session, seen by over 17 million people in the United States and over 11 million in Britain, Harry and Meghan said racism played a role in their departure from Britain. Brittany.
The couple said a senior royal had speculated how dark their child’s skin would be before he was born. Meghan’s mother is black and her father is white.
Their first child Archie is now two years old, while Harry and Meghan announced last month the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana – named after Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II and his late mother.
According to UK media reports, the book is written by JR Moehringer, a Pulitzer Prize winner who previously co-wrote the autobiography of tennis legend Andre Agassi.
A first draft is nearing completion and is expected to be submitted in October, according to reports.
Prince Harry will donate the profits to charity, the publisher said.
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