Panicking Prince Harry 'frantically' making last minute changes to his memoir after Queen's death
Prince Harry has already received an advance amount of around $20M for his 'truthful and wholly accurate' memoir from his publisher
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Prince Harry is desperately trying to make last minutes changes to his explosive memoir as he feels some sections of the book will be deemed too insensitive after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a source said.
Earlier, reports claimed that the Duke of Sussex’s book, which was slated to be released by Penguin Random House, would be delayed because of the royal mourning period. Now a royal insider claimed that Prince Harry is "desperate" to get the book "refined" in the wake of his beloved grandmother’s death.
A royal source told The Sun, "Harry has thrown a spanner in the works as he is desperate to get it refined in the light of the Queen’s death, her funeral, and his father Charles taking the throne. There may be things that might not look so good if they come out so soon after the Queen’s death and his dad becoming King. He wants sections changed. It’s not a total rewrite by any means. He desperately wants to make changes. But it might be too late."
The source added that Harry had already received an advance amount of around £17.5 million ($20M) for his "truthful and wholly accurate" memoir but the publishing house was not very happy with the first draft of the memoir as it was more emotional and focuses more on mental health than what they wanted.
“But the first draft they received was disappointing as it was a bit too emotional and focused far more on mental health issues than they wanted. Eventually, the final draft has been finished and signed off and a lot of money and energy has been spent to make sure it comes out this year,” the source said.
The Duke of Sussex first announced his memoir back in July 2021 with senior royals including King Charles and Prince William said to be " increasingly uneasy" about the content of the memoir. Harry has launched a series of verbal assaults against his family, ever since he and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down from their royal duties and decided to shift to California.
There was no denying the fact that the relations between the royal family and Harry depend a lot on his memoir. Earlier this week, Former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor Tina Brown also weighed in on the matter stating that Prince Harry had to forget his book in order to regain the trust of the royal family. "This is an incredible moment to be used. The country loved that feeling of unity and seeing the brothers back together, it was a beautiful sight," Brown said.
"But unless he gives up his book and the tell-all documentaries and interviews then there can be no trust. I think if he does that there can be a way. The royal family needs him and there’s a lot of work to be done. Kate doesn’t want to be traveling the world, she’s the mother of three children. They have to somehow divvy this stuff up and Harry has a big role to play if he wants to. And if Meghan wants to, because of course she hated every bit of it," Brown added.