Prince Harry is making a staggering $15 million advance for his memoir, but the unprecedented amount of money also means the Royal will have to reveal an unprecedented amount of family dish.
“This book is going to make the Oprah interview look like the tip of the iceberg. Harry is not getting a $15 million advance just because of who he is, he is getting it because he is going to tell everything,” sources tell Radar.
There is a feeling within the Palace that they have all been tricked by Harry who has been working on the book behind their backs for over a year.
“Has he been taking notes and writing down stories for months or years without saying a word to them?” a palace source asks.
Penguin Random House, which bought the book, will not discuss the numbers, but publishing insiders tell Radar that there is some concern about the massive price tag.
“There has never been a royal book like this before. There is no prototype or sale numbers to base the value of this book on,” adds a publishing source.
“Harry and Meghan are so overexposed that people might not want to pay $20 to read his story. What is sure is Harry won’t be doing any more major interviews until he starts promoting the book. They have got to stop Harry from giving himself away for free now they want people to pay for it. The expectations are that the book will be a huge hit, however it could also be a $15 million mistake," one insider spilled.
Harry said of the memoir, "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."
As Radar previously reported, "chaos" erupted at Kensington Palace following the memoir announcement. An insider told Page Six Harry's father Charles was "surprised" by the book.