Prince Harry’s memoir is already expected to be a “nightmare” for the royal family – and his alleged ghostwriter, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author JR Mohringer, hasn’t even changed the first draft.
Royal family watchers are in an uproar over the possibility that Harry may release more “truth bombs” about the royal family, even though he and his wife Meghan Markle said after their explosive Oprah Winfrey interview that it His “last” would be. Words” on his departure from royal life and moving to the United States.
Reports have it that the Queen’s grandson has been secretly working on his entire book for over a year – or rather, Mohringer has been working on that memoir for a long time. Yep, it looks like Harry has a ghostwriter, which is perhaps a little surprising, as he’s never been known for his literary leanings.
page six And other outlets cited publication insiders as saying that Harry could receive an advance of at least $20 million to make the tell-all. Page Six also said it was conceivable that he would keep the advance, while issuing a release saying he would donate all proceeds to charity.
Meanwhile, Mohringer, dubbed a “power ghostwriter” for his work on biographies for Andre Agassi and Nike co-founder Phil Knight, is receiving at least $1 million in advance, Page Six added. . The book is scheduled to release in late 2022.
Daily Mail also reported Mohringer, a resident of New York, lives in Berkeley. Penguin Random House did not return an email seeking comment on Harry’s advance, Moeringer’s memoir and advance, or the reported work at his residence.
Penguin Random House only issued a press release accompanying Harry’s statement, in which the Duke of Sussex said he would present a “direct account of my life that is accurate and the absolute truth”.
“I am not writing this as the prince I was born with, but as a man I have become,” he said.
Royal observers have accused Harry of trying to further capitalize on his relationship with the royal family, while taking steps that would deepen the rift between him and his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William.
Royal writer Phil Dampier wrote in Express: “They will be in despair that Harry – undoubtedly inspired by Meghan – simply won’t leave it alone for a while. … Harry wants to present himself as a mature family man who has I have learned from my mistakes and become a wise old sage. But I fear many others will see this as another money-making exercise at the cost of their blood family.”
Duncan Larcombe, a former royal correspondent in the Sun who wrote Harry’s biography, told The Daily Beast: “The truth is, to keep selling, he has to be talking about the royals, because no one will pay big bucks for Harry’s theories of the nature of compassion. …It’s the stuff of nightmares for the palace. “
The drama also includes reports that Harry gave little information to the Queen, Charles and William that he was working on a memoir. people magazine Reported that it gave them “a heads up”, but the Daily Mail said the notice only came “moments before it went public”.
A Sussex spokesman told the BBC that Harry would not be expected to obtain permission for the project from Buckingham Palace, but if there was no notice, it is another sign that his relationship with his family is still poor and It hasn’t improved during them. He appeared with William at a brief ceremony to unveil a statue in honor of his late mother, Princess Diana, when he visited London earlier this month.
Harry’s claim that the book would be “accurate and utterly true” also raised eyebrows, given that journalists were talking about his marriage to Winfrey, a royal title for son Archie, and how Harry described his journey. Found mistakes or inconsistencies in how it was done. Seeking mental health help.
As for the couple’s most incendiary allegation that the royal family is racist, the Queen said they were taking the claim seriously, but responded briefly “reminiscences may differ.” Other explosive allegations include claims that the royal family is dysfunctional and trapped in a cycle of “genetic pain and suffering” and that Charles was an emotionally vulnerable parent.
It would not be surprising that Harry elaborated on those allegations in his memoir, as he has said that his book would recount the “highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned” in his life in order to “show that no matter what No matter where we come from, we are more alike than we think.”
Mohringer is the man accused of putting the story of Harry’s life into words. The former Los Angeles Times reporter won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, then wrote his memoir, “The Tender Bar”, where he talks about being brought up by his single mother at his grandfather’s house and meeting a cast of characters at the bar. described. where his uncle worked.
“The Tender Bar” is being adapted into a film directed by George Clooney and starring Ben Affleck as Mohringer’s uncle. The Daily Mail raised the possibility that Clooney, who attended Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding, introduced Mohringer to Harry.
Mohringer first gained attention as a ghostwriter for Agassi’s 2009 autobiography “Open”. In a review, New York Times critic Janet Muslin He praised Mohringer for writing his own “curvy and expert” memoir, but said he used the narrative to capture Agassi’s tendency to be self-absorbed and to see himself as “the only sun” and “someone else”. slipped into telling the story of”. in his universe.
Agassi said he offered to put Mohringer’s name on the book, but Mohringer declined, Muslin reported.
Daily Beast said Mohringer’s choice to ghostwrite Harry’s book is “interesting” in other ways. In “The Tender Bar”, Mohringer writes about being an alcoholic and his journey to sobriety, while the books he wrote for Agassi and Knight also explore his life in addiction and recovery. “It will be interesting to see how Harry, who recently hinted at problematic drinking and drug use, will explore this topic further with Mohringer’s assistance,” the Daily Beast said.
In an interview with podcast host Dax Shepard, Harry opened up about dealing with the death of his mother, Princess Diana, and his dysfunctional upbringing in his 20s through “an (external) load of drugs and hard work.”