July 21, 2021
Prince Harry to release tell-all memoir in 2022
by Bryn Goldstein
Are you a royal fanatic? Do you defend Meghan and Harry against anyone who speaks ill about them? Are you dying to know more about the Duke of Sussex after that Oprah interview? Same. Luckily, the Prince is delivering. On July 19, it was announced that Prince Harry is writing a memoir to be released in late 2022 by Penguin Random House. According to the official press release, the memoir “will share, for the very first time, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him.” It will cover his lifetime in the public eye from his childhood to today, his experience on the frontlines of Afghanistan, and the joys he has found in being a husband and a father.
“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become,” he said in a statement released by Penguin Random House. “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.”
This memoir offers Harry yet another opportunity to speak directly to the public about his own life, the latest being the interview with Oprah. He has come a long way since his 21st birthday, when he spoke in an interview about how he is perceived in the media: “There is truth and there is lies and unfortunately, I cannot get the truth across because I don’t have my own column in the paper.”
This memoir serves as an opportunity for Harry to take control of the narrative, as he said in the statement released from the publisher, “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 memoir has reportedly been in the works, secretly, for over a year with ghostwriter J.R. Moehringer. Moehringer, a Pulitzer-winner, has written memoirs for tennis star Andre Aggasi and Nike co-founder Phil Knight in addition to his autobiography.
I can already hear The Crown’s writer’s room gearing up for this release—and the royal family’s PR team getting ready for the potential fall-out of the information Harry is going to reveal. This is definitely one of my most-anticipated releases for 2022, and I can’t wait to have this one in my hands.
Bryn Goldstein is an intern at Melville House