In Famous for Being Famous News: Prince Harry to Write a Memoir

From a New York Times story by Alexandra Alter headlined “Prince Harry to Write a Memoir”:

Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced via Instagram that they were leaving the royal family and seeking to establish their financial independence, the couple swiftly began building a media empire.

They struck a roughly $100 million production deal with Netflix, with plans to make documentaries, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming. They signed a podcast deal with Spotify and joined the Harry Walker Agency to handle speaking engagements.

Now, the memoirs are coming. On Monday, Penguin Random House announced that it has acquired a book by Prince Harry, which it described as “an intimate and heartfelt” memoir that will offer “the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him,” including his childhood and coming-of-age as a royal, his military service, his marriage to Meghan and fatherhood.

The book…will be published by Random House in the United States and Transworld, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK, in the United Kingdom. Penguin Random House…noted that Prince Harry will be donating his profits to charity.

“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become,” he said….“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.”

A memoir by Prince Harry seemed all but inevitable after the couple gave an explosive interview in March to Oprah Winfrey, drawing more than 17 million viewers and spawning endless media coverage. (It is unclear when Meghan’s is coming, but a memoir by the duchess seems likely.)

There’s already a small library of books dedicated to the Duke and Duchess, including Katie Nicholl’s “Harry: Life, Loss, and Love,” Leslie Carroll’s “American Princess” and Andrew Morton’s “Meghan: A Hollywood Princess,” as well as multiple books about Meghan’s rescue dog, a beagle named Guy. In June, Random House Children’s Books released a picture book by Meghan, titled “The Bench,” about the bond between Prince Harry and their son, Archie.

Alexandra Alter writes about publishing and the literary world. Before joining The Times in 2014, she covered books and culture for The Wall Street Journal. Prior to that, she reported on religion, and the occasional hurricane, for The Miami Herald.

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