Behind the scenes of Prince Harry’s book which was ‘almost pulled after UK visit’

Prince Harry nearly pulled the publication of his memoir Spare following a trip to the UK for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, it has been reported.

Last summer, the Duke of Sussex, 38, returned to London with his wife Meghan Markle, 41, and their two children Archie, three, and one year old Lilibet.

But, according to sources who spoke to The Times, he swiftly decided to halt his autobiography from hitting the shelves just two weeks after the trip. It's been claimed that the reason behind this was due to a member of the Royal Family telling him that if the book was published while Her Majesty was alive, there would be "no way back".

A boss at Penguin Random House reportedly walked in to tell the team working on the book: "He’s pulled it. He doesn’t want to do it," – which left everyone "devastated" after putting in hours to get it out.


However, his decision to pull the book took a 180 turn after the Queen's death on 8 September 2022.

It's also been claimed that Harry's manuscript, which was ghostwritten by JR Moehringer, had to be translated from American English as he reportedly used phrases like "awesome" throughout the copy.

A source told the publication: "…we had to go through the whole manuscript to make it sound like he was actually English".

Harry, who was recently spotted looking stony-faced after bombshell revelations came out from his memoir, is said to have signed a $20million (equivalent of £16.54m) deal with the publishing house to produce four books and in early meetings over the course of pandemic, they had very strict security to ensure details didn't leak.

However, according to the publication, during on Zoom call a senior publishing executive's young children walked past his computer screen, which left Harry furious.

He is claimed to have demanded the Penguin Random House employee be removed from the project completely over the incident.

“Prince Harry’s whole thing is about control,” the insider claimed. “He feels he’s never had it — but boy did he demand it with this book.”

They added that while there was much speculation that Harry made significant changes to his book following the death of his grandmother, he didn't.

OK! has approached Prince Harry's representative for comment.

It comes after several segments of his book have been leaked online following the accidental release of the memoir in Spain this week.

In one extract, obtained by The Guardian, Harry alleged his older brother Prince William, 40, physically attacked him and knocked him to the floor in 2019.

William allegedly accused Harry of acting like the heir and did not understand why his younger brother was not content with being the spare to the throne.

He wrote: “(William) called me another name, then came at me. It all happened so fast. So very fast. He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor.

“I landed on the dog’s bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me. I lay there for a moment, dazed, then got to my feet and told him to get out.”

And in an upcoming interview with Tom Bradby, he opened up on the incident as he said: “What was different here was the level of frustration, and I talk about the red mist that I had for so many years, and I saw this red mist in him.

“He wanted me to hit him back, but I chose not to.”

Harry: The Interview on ITV1 and ITVX at 9pm on 8 January

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