Though Prince Harry has reportedly been working on his memoir for over a year, the royals weren't informed of his plans until the day the official announcement was made.
According to a source at The Sun, "Harry scrambled to contact his family only when he knew the story was coming out — just moments before it became public."
On July 19, the Duke of Sussex commented on his upcoming work via a press release.
"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," he stated. "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 is working alongside ghostwriter J.R. Moehringer, and though the first draft is near completion, the tome won't be released until late 2022.
"Since their interview with Oprah Winfrey tensions have been running very high as much of what they said has since been proven to be unreliable at best. There is a now tsunami of fear among the royals over what Harry will write," added the source. "Many hope he may correct a few things but do not hold much hope."