‘Panicking’ Harry wants to make last-ditch changes to memoir after Queen’s death

Prince Harry is said to be trying to make last-minute changes to his upcoming autobiography because he fears it will appear “insensitive” after the Queen’s death, a source has claimed.

Editors at publishing company Penguin Random House had already signed off on the book’s content in anticipation of publishing it this autumn but, according to The Sun, the Duke of Sussex has asked to make a series of changes in order to reflect recent events.

A source said that the duke had “thrown a spanner in the works" as he is desperate to get it refined in the light of the Queen’s death, her funeral and his father Charles taking the throne.

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The memoir – part of a reported £35million three-book deal – has already been significantly revised once.

The source claimed: “The publishers paid $20m [£17.5m] up front because they knew whatever was written would be huge for sales and exposure all around the world."

But the original version, written by Harry with the help of ghost-writer JR Moehringer, “was a bit too emotional and focused far more on mental health issues than they wanted”.

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But after some discussion, an agreed version was delivered and Penguin Random House were on course to have the book in shops ahead of the lucrative Christmas season.

But that publication date is reportedly under threat due to a last-minute wobble by the prince.

“There may be things which might not look so good if they come out so soon after the Queen’s death and his dad becoming King,” the insider said, adding. “He desperately wants to make changes. But it might be too late.”

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The publisher described the upcoming book as “a heartfelt memoir from one of the most fascinating and influential global figures of our time”.

Harry has said that he hopes his story will “help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think”.

Preview copies of the manuscript do not appear to have been provided to advisers acting for His Majesty the King, or the Prince of Wales.

A report in the The Mail on Sunday suggests that Harry’s eagerness to change sections of the book could be seen as a sign that he is trying to build bridges with the rest of the royal family.

A spokesperson for Harry has been contacted for comment.


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