Prince Harry doesn t need the Queen s permission to write memoir, Buckingham Palace says - EW.com
|EW.com 21 Jul 2021 at 16:55|
When news broke that Prince Harry is writing a memoir that will give "the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape" him, the biggest question on everyone s mind was whether or not the young royal had to ask his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II , for permission.
He did not — though he did alert the royal family that he was planning to tell his story in a private conversation, reports PEOPLE. Buckingham Palace declined to comment further, telling the outlet, "any clarification about the book would be a question for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex."
Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth
Prince Harry and his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II
News of Prince Harry s upcoming untitled memoir surfaced Monday, when Penguin Random House announced that the Duke of Sussex would be penning a book that detailed his life in the public eye, from his childhood as a royal to his military duties in Afghanistan to his relationship with his wife, Meghan Markle . Its publication is scheduled for 2022, and proceeds from both the memoir and the forthcoming audiobook will be donated to charity.
"I m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become," Harry said in a statement. "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."
He continued, "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."
Harry s memoir marks the latest addition to the couple s foray into the world of publishing. Markle s own debut , a children s book called The Bench, is due out in July 2022.