Penguin Random House announced earlier this year that Prince Harry would publish a memoir called Spare in the fall of 2022. Since the announcement in July, much has changed for the UK, and for Harry himself, resulting in the publishing date being pushed back. The new confirmed date is January 10, 2023, but it isn’t without endless speculation that the world will receive the prince’s story.
According to the New York Times, Harry’s memoir is the first in a multi-book deal with Penguin Random House. The memoir is part of a larger effort by both Harry and Meghan Markle to build their own brand. They also signed deals with Netflix and Spotify on top of the multi-million dollar book deal. From the beginning, Harry’s memoir was met with curiosity as the couple was the centerpiece of the media when they revealed the truth about their experience with the Royal Family. Though it made them quite beloved in America, the UK had a much different reaction when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to leave their royal duties.
Their ability to be so candid about such a secretive family in their interview with Oprah Winfrey led to speculation about how much more Harry may reveal in his memoir. Additionally, the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September might make any unflattering truths about the family seem tasteless in some readers’ eyes or cause a loss of faith in the institution. On the other hand, if Harry holds back, there would be a loss of belief in his so far consistent stance on the truth.
Of course, any talk around the book is speculation and there’s no way to tell where the memoir will take us. What we do know is that Penguin Random House plans to publish the memoir in the US. An imprint of Random House UK, Transworld, plans to also publish it in the United Kingdom according to Harry’s publisher. He’s also working with J.R. Moehringer, a ghostwriter recognized for his work on Andre Agassi’s autobiography.
In the end, all we can do is wait for the memoir’s release to see which path Harry will take.
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