Watch: Buckingham Palace Released a Statement About Prince Harry's Upcoming Memoir
The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William are said to be concerned about the impact on the monarchy of Harry’s memoir in which he will share “mistakes and lessons learned”.
It is unclear if the Duke of Sussex — who says his “wholly truthful” book will reflect “the highs and lows” of his life — informed his father about his plan.
The BBC has reported that Harry did warn his family but other sources say Charles was “surprised” by the announcement. One senior Household source told the Standard: “It is fair to say there is growing disquiet about this project at the Palace.”
Asked if the royal family had been warned, the source would only say: “It was not unexpected.”
Harry, 36, who alongside his wife Meghan, 39, exited royal duties last year, said he will donate his book’s proceeds to charity. He has been collaborating with journalist J R Moehringer on the as-yet-untitled book.
The first draft is said to be almost completely written and is expected to cover his childhood, his parents’ divorce and his mother Diana’s death, as well as his war years and the fall-out from his decision to quit as a senior working royal.
Publishers Penguin Random House did not disclose the terms of its deal, which includes an audiobook and international rights, but it is reported to be in the region of $20 million (£14.7m).
Harry said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.
“My hope is that in telling my story — the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned — I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think. I’m ... excited for people to read a first hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
Markus Dohle, of Penguin Random House, described Harry as being among the “world-renowned leaders, icons, and change-makers we have been privileged to publish over the years”.
The publisher said the memoir would be “intimate and heartfelt” and “honest and moving”. Meghan’s children’s book The Bench, about father-son relationships as seen through the eyes of mothers, was released last month.
Watch: How do the royals holiday?