Will Prince Harry’s ‘tell-all’ book be delayed until next year? Rumours swirl that the hotly-awaited memoir’s release date is ‘up in the air’

  • The Duke of Sussex’s tell-all book had initially been due out in time for Christmas
  • But it’s claimed release date is ‘up in the air’ and may not be published until 2023
  • The book it expected to share for the first time the ‘definitive account’ of his life 

Prince Harry’s highly-anticipated memoir may not be published until next year, it was reported yesterday.

The Duke of Sussex’s tell-all book had been due out in time for Christmas, but it is claimed the release date is now ‘up in the air’.

A source told US celebrity gossip website Page Six that industry experts had expected a November publication date.

They said: ‘I have heard that Harry has some truth bombs in his book that he is debating on whether to include or not.

‘So this [delay] is no surprise if he needs more time to work on the book.’ 

Publisher Penguin Random House announced last year it would bring out Harry’s ‘literary memoir’ in late 2022.

It said he would be sharing for the first time the ‘definitive account’ of his life. It had been feared by Buckingham Palace that Harry, 37, would use the memoir to settle old scores.

Prince Harry leaves after attending a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral after returning to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Ghost writer JR Moehringer is said to have finished the manuscript, with the book passing all ‘legal processes’. Penguin Random House was unavailable for comment last night.

But nothing has been heard officially since the initial announcement, leading to much speculation in the publishing industry.

The memoir is not available for pre-sales on Amazon or other sites – an important marker for the publishing industry on a book’s future success.

Previous reports suggested that Harry’s book release could be brought forward to October to avoid a potentially embarrassing launch-date clash with former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mrs Obama announced in July she is bringing out a follow-up to her autobiography Becoming, one of the best-selling books of all time.

The delay in publishing comes after Harry’s wife Meghan released the first episode of her Archetypes podcast on Tuesday two years after signing an £18million podcast project with audio giant Spotify.

Meghan interviews tennis legend and her close friend Serena Williams in the episode where she recounted her horror when a small ‘fire’ broke out in son Archie’s room during a tour of South Africa with Prince Harry.

Archie, then four months old, was not in the room when a heater began to smoke but the incident left the duchess ‘shaken’ and ‘in tears.

Despite the upset, Meghan said she was forced to continue with official engagements, accusing those running the tour of concentrating on ‘how it looks, instead of how it feels’.

In the podcast series, Archetypes, she also took aim at those who described her as ‘ambitious’ when she started dating Prince Harry.

In the episode, titled The Misconception of Ambition with Serena Williams, she told her friend of the ‘misconception that if you’re an ambitious woman you have an agenda, you must be calculating or selfish or aggressive, or a climber’.

She also told of the ‘pain’ she has suffered ‘behind closed doors’, describing the fire incident as an example of how she had been forced to carry on with royal duties while dealing with personal issues. 

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