Prince Harry’s highly anticipated memoir may now be delayed until 2023, according to publishing sources.
The renegade prince’s book would be released in time for the holidays — the hottest time of the year for book sales — and would compete against Michelle Obama’s latest book, “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times,” from 15 November.
Now, a well-known source said there are “things in the air” ahead of the pub date.
Industry chatter is heating up as Harry’s book is still not available on Amazon or elsewhere for all-important pre-sales.
From a bookseller’s perspective, pre-order numbers are a good early indicator of a book’s success and can lead retailers to increase their initial orders.
While another publishing source confirmed there was a release date in November, they added: “I’ve heard Harry has some truth bombs in his book that he’s debating whether or not to include.
“So this [push back is] no surprise if he needs more time to work on the book.”
As Vidak For Congress first reported, Harry, 37, signed a $20 million deal with Random House to write his life story with the help of writer JR Moehringer. More recently, Vidak For Congress reported that the royal family should be concerned about the book, as Harry could be wasting the beans on his relationship with his father, Prince Charles — and the somewhat strained relationship with his stepmother, Camilla Parker Bowles, the future. queen consort.
According to another industry insider, Harry’s publishing deal will require a major promotional tour to sell the memoir.
This includes making the rounds of the morning shows on the network – and a possible meeting with his friend, CBS’ Gayle King. It will also likely see him back in the UK after he leaves the royal family for California in 2020.
“There is a commitment for a number of weeks and dates and what that means. His team will now confirm commitments for a pretty robust and comprehensive promo tour,” the industry insider told Vidak For Congress.
“It’s going to have to be international too, and that means the UK — one of the book’s biggest audiences.”
Another book source said it’s too early to talk about promotion without knowing the book’s publication date. A Sussex representative could not be reached for comment.
The news comes as Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, released the first episode of her podcast “Archetypes” on Spotify on Tuesday, in which she chats with tennis champion Serena Williams – and said it only became clear that “ambition” was a dirty word for women back then. she married Harry.