Prince Harry tipped to dash perception he is a ‘moaner’ with book ‘Addressing the unseen’

Prince Harry’s memoir to ‘reopen old wounds’ says Palmer

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The Duke of Sussex announced last summer he is penning an “intimate” memoir to cover his whole life in the public eye, from childhood to fatherhood. The content of this book is being kept under wraps by Prince Harry and the publisher.

However, one commentator discussed whether the Duke may use his anticipated autobiography to rebuke the public’s idea he is a “moaner”.

Princess Diana’s former private voice and presence coach Stewart Pearce told OK! magazine: “At the moment very few people seem to understand where he’s coming from, they just feel that he’s a moaner.

“And of course, he’s not, what he’s doing is he’s addressing the unseen.”

Mr Pearce, who published the book Diana: The Voice of Change, is supportive of the Duke’s attempt to set the record straight. 

He said: “The reason why Harry is bringing forth a memoir is to correct a lot of erroneous stories about the nature of his life over the last 25 years since Diana’s death.

“He is pregnant with the conviction of honesty and with leverage of transparency.

“He felt that he was very much a victim as he tried to steer his way forward being the freedom fighter and liberationist that he is; particularly in relation to Meghan Markle.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s organisation Archewell announced from its website in mid-July last year Harry was to write the “definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him”. 

Highlighting that the Duke is striving to portray his true life’s journey, the statement read: “Prince Harry will offer an honest and captivating personal portrait — one that shows readers that behind everything they think they know lies an inspiring, courageous, and uplifting human story.”

Speaking of his first-ever memoir, Harry said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.

“I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and 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 deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”

Harry’s memoir will be published in the UK by Penguin Random House UK’s imprint Transworld. 

It will also be released in an audiobook edition.

At the time the book was announced, Archewell said the tentative release had been set for late 2022, but no official news of the autobiography has since been shared.

A publishing source claimed to The Sun in July: “The manuscript has been finished and gone through all of the legal processes.

“It’s done and out of Harry’s hands. The publishing date has been pushed back once, but it is on track for the end of the year.”

JR Moehringer, the ghostwriter behind the acclaimed autobiography of tennis star Andre Agassi, reportedly helped the Duke write his memoir.

And royal biographer Robert Lacey believes the author may have followed a similar approach used in the Agassi book while penning Harry’s memoir. 

He told the Guardian: “One would anticipate a book that sets new standards in royal analysis.

“I am hoping [Moehringer] will be analysing the institution as well.

“On Agassi, he not only demolished Agassi’s parenting and upbringing, he had a hard knock at the world of professional tennis.

“Therefore, one would anticipate the same sort of dual attack in what he writes about Harry and the monarchy. 

“He does not write books that can be easily dismissed as scandal-seeking, They have substance.”

The Duke, who will be donating proceeds to charity, isn’t the first member of the Royal Family to pen a memoir.

Most recently, the Queen’s cousin Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, released his own memoir titled A Royal Life.

Co-authored with royal historian Hugo Vickers, the Duke of Kent offered a window into the workings of the monarchy and glimpses of his own life and the Queen’s reign.  

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