Proceeds from the book and audiobook will be donated to charity.
Prince Harry has struck a deal with publishers Penguin Random House and will be releasing his memoir in late 2022. The book and audiobook will cover Harry's childhood in the public eye, to his military duty in Afghanistan, and his becoming a husband and dad. Markus Dohle, of Penguin Random House, described Harry as being among "world-renowned leaders, icons, and change-makers we have been privileged to publish over the years." BBC reports that the Duke of Sussex spoke privately with his family about writing the book. The 36-year-old would not be expected to obtain permission for the project from Buckingham Palace, according to a spokesperson. The forthcoming memoir will include the "mistakes and lessons learned" during the prince's life.
Prince Harry, one of the most talked-about figures in the world, is publishing a memoir next year that he calls "wholly truthful." https://t.co/TVuxjweWPH— CNN (@CNN) July 19, 2021
Harry will be donating proceeds from the book to charity. A press release described the book as "intimate and heartfelt" and "honest and moving", adding that "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." In a statement, Harry explains the motivation behind the memoir: 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. 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 first-hand account of my life that's accurate and wholly truthful.
None of them saw this coming! They all expected Meghan to write a memoir. Love how they’ve blindsided everyone 😆— Viv Oyolu (@Viv_Oyolu) July 19, 2021
Harry and his wife Meghan stepped down as senior working royals in early 2020 and moved to the United States. The pair now live in California with their two-year-old son Archie, and their one-month-old daughter Lilibet. The couple has been open about the struggles they faced during their time as part of the British Monarchy. According to PEOPLE, in the now Emmy-nominated March interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan opened up about how she was "silenced" by the institution and denied help when she was going through a mental health crisis. She also brought up the issue of racism when she said that a royal family member had voiced "concerns and conversations about how dark [Archie's] skin might be when he's born." Meghan also felt so lonely as a royal that at one point she "didn't want to be alive anymore." Queen Elizabeth responded via a statement saying that the family was "saddened" to hear of Meghan and Harry's challenges and stated, "Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."
“Oprah with Meghan & Harry: A CBS Primetime Special" has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the “Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special” category.— Omid Scobie (@scobie) July 13, 2021
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Harry has also been candid about his own struggles. He appeared on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast to discuss his mental-health journey, during which he said he wants to "break that cycle" of "genetic pain" in his family. "I was thinking, I don't want this job, I don't want to be here. I don't want to be doing this. Look what it did to my mom," Harry shared, according to Insider. "How am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and family when I know it's going to happen again? I've seen behind the curtain, I've seen the business model and seen how this whole thing works and I don't want to be part of this."
So now Harry and Meghan are focussing on their children and professional life outside the monarchy. The duo is working together to establish a media powerhouse. According to CNN Harry and Meghan signed a multi-year production deal with Netflix last September that includes scripted series, docuseries, documentaries, features, and children's programming. They announced their first Netflix (NFLX) project, the upcoming Heart of Invictus in April. In 2014, Harry founded the Invictus Games to help rehabilitate active-duty disabled soldiers and veterans through sport. On the podcast, he explained that "healing other people heals me."