Prince Harry is set to release four books as part of a lucrative publishing deal, it has been reported.
The contract with Penguin Random House will see the the first instalment released next year, coinciding with the Queen’s platinum jubilee. It will focus on Harry’s “lifetime in the public eye from childhood to the present day”, according to reports.
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A second book is being held back until after the Queen’s death, while his wife Meghan is expected to pen a “wellness” guide.
But the subject and author of the fourth title is unknown. Palace insiders said the Duke of Sussex oversaw the bidding and told publishing houses to begin at £18million. The final figure may have reached £29million.
Sources in the publishing industry said the “the final contract was actually for a four-book deal”, with Harry writing one for “when his granny dies”.
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“Meghan will write a wellness-type book and people are unsure what the fourth will be. But what is most shocking, frankly, is Harry’s suggestion that the second book won’t be published until the Queen is no longer here,” they added.
Last month Meghan published her first children’s book, The Bench, which was inspired by Harry’s relationship with the couple’s son Archie. The Royal Family are likely to be concerned about what the second book may entail if it is published after the Queen dies.The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William are already said to be anxious about the impact on the monarchy of Harry’s first book in which is is set to share “mistakes and lessons learned”.
Earlier this year Meghan revealed she had suicidal thoughts as she struggled with as a senior royal in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Harry said that none of his relatives spoke out in support of his wife following racism he said she faced in the media. He also said his father Prince Charles had stopped taking his calls and had cut him off financially.
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