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The royal family is known for their love of Christmas gift novelties – toilet seats, comedy mugs and singing toy hamsters have all been reported over the years – but the royalist assumes Queen Elizabeth will not unwrap a copy of Prince Harry’s hardcover memoir, which promises to be an “earnest and intimate” account of his life in the royal family this holiday season.
Millions of his subjects, however, are likely to do so, following reports on Monday that the memoir has been completed, handed over to publishers and signed by lawyers.
There was speculation that the memoir had been delayed or even cancelled, as publishers have yet to give a publication date or announce a publicity schedule.
However, now there seems to be every possibility that Penguin Random House actually has the book on the shelves in time for the main Thanksgiving and Christmas markets.
O Sun reports that ghostwriter JR Moehringer, co-author of Andre Agassi’s autobiography Openfinished the manuscript this summer.
A publishing source said O sun: “The manuscript has been finalized and has gone through all the legal processes. It’s done and out of Harry’s hands. The publication date has been pushed back once, but is on its way to the end of the year.”
Harry himself said the book will be his story: “the ups and downs, the mistakes, the lessons learned… a first-hand account of my life that is accurate and totally true.”
Royal author Christopher Andersen previously told The Daily Beast: “Prince Charles’ agents have been struggling for months to figure out what other bombs await, but to no avail. Nobody expected Harry’s book to be a Valentine’s Day for his relatives. But you get the feeling in the wake of the Jubilee that now the gloves are really gloveless.”
And Harry’s biographer Duncan Larcombe, former royal editor of the The sun, previously told The Daily Beast that uncertainty over the book’s contents is preventing reconciliation between the feuding families, saying: “How can royalty welcome Harry back into the fold when he’s effectively turned into a journalist? As long as that book hangs over them like a sword of Damocles, how can they expect them to hold out an olive branch?
“When the book comes out, William will have to make a decision about what to do with Harry, but he won’t do anything until he knows what’s on every page of the book. The reality is that if, as a senior member of the royal family, you wrote a book that tells it all, you broke rule number one of the royal family.”
Page Six reported last week that the book was coming out as planned this fall, with one source saying, “It’s juicy for sure”, and another commenting, “There are a lot of new stories in there about the past that Harry hasn’t talked about before, about his childhood.” …there is some content in there that should make your family nervous.”