Prince Harry’s highly anticipated memoir could be delayed until next year due to concerns about ‘truth bombs’ to be included, it has been reported.
The Duke of Sussex’s tell-all book was due out in time for Christmas this year, but a source now claims ‘things are up in the air’ over its release.
Another publishing source reportedly told US celebrity gossip website Page Six that November had been penciled in as a potential date.
They added: ‘I heard Harry had some truth bombs in his book that he was debating over whether to include them or not.’ So that [delay] not surprisingly he needs more time to work on the book.
Harry announced the publishing deal last summer, promising the book would be an “accurate and entirely truthful” account of his life.
Penguin Random House said at the time that it was due out in late 2022.
The Duke, who also pledged to donate proceeds to charity, said the memoirs would be written “not like the prince I was born, but like the man I have become”.
There will be concern in the royal quarters as the Duke delves into his breakup with his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, his troubled relationship with his father, the Prince of Wales, his view of stepmother the Duchess of Cornwall and the turbulent fallout from Megxit.
The Sussexes accused the Royal Family of racism in their controversial Oprah Winfrey interview last year, saying an anonymous royal made a racist remark about their son Archie before he was born and that the institution did not not help a suicidal Meghan.
Last month, The Sun reported that the manuscript “has been completed and has gone through all legal procedures”, with a source saying: “It’s done and out of Harry’s hands”.
But there has been no official word since the initial announcement, leading to speculation within the industry.
The memoir is still not available for pre-sale on Amazon or other sites, which is an important indicator of a book’s future success and can help fuel additional orders from sellers.
The delay rumors arise after Meghan launched her long-awaited Archetypes podcast on Tuesday.
Speaking to her friend, tennis great Serena Williams, the Duchess of Sussex shared the trauma of how her son Archie narrowly escaped a fire in his bedroom during the Sussexes’ royal tour of South Africa.
She spoke of her distress after learning of the near-miss shortly after giving an empowering speech to girls in Nyanga township in Cape Town, before rushing to see Archie and then having to leave him to carry out another engagement official.
In a promotional video posted to Twitter, Meghan vowed to be ‘unfiltered’ on her series, saying ‘people should expect me to actually be in it’ rather than what they see through the lens of the media.
She added, “I’m just thrilled to be myself and talk and be unfiltered.”
The upcoming Archetypes podcast – part of the Sussexes’ multi-million pound deal with Spotify – will feature Meghan in conversation with singer Mariah Carey.
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