The Duke of Sussex’s second book will not be published after his grandmother Queen Elizabeth has left his world, a spokesperson for the prince has confirmed.
According to the spokesperson, reports that claimed the 36-year-old agreed to “a lucrative four-book deal with the second due out only after the queen hast none of the memoirs’ releases are contingent upon the queen’s health or passing.”
The news that the Duke of Sussex is set to release a tell-all has continued to sent shockwaves around the world.
Due to be released late next year, many royal experts believe the book will only further widen the rift between Harry and his family, especially as its release is due in the queen’s platinum jubilee year when many festivities will be held to celebrate her unprecedented 70 years on the throne.
Many have predicted the book will be more “poor me” introspection and excuses to justify his quitting The Firm last year and moving to the US with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son, Archie (now 2).
In a statement, Harry said he wrote the book “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 learnt – 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 learnt over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a first-hand account of my life.”
He was reportedly given an advance of at least $20m (about R290m) for the memoir, which if true will be one of the largest advances in literary history.
Some people have branded it “a moneymaking exercise at the expense of his blood family”, but Harry has said all profits from the book will go to charity.
Harry reportedly didn’t tell his grandmother, his father Prince Charles, or his brother Prince William about his latest endeavour until “moments before news of it became public”, a royal insider says.
Sources: usmagazine.com, dailymail.co.uk