The Duke of Sussex‘s ghostwriter JR Moehringer has revealed the behind-the-scenes making of Harry’s memoir spare part.
To write the autobiography, Moehringer says he and Harry talked about the book “around the clock” via Zoom, on the phone, via text messages, and finally in person at Harry’s home in Montecito, California.
In the controversial book, which was published in January, Harry criticized his family and made several claims about how his brother William treated him, claiming the Prince of Wales physically assaulted him. He also revealed very personal details, such as losing his account Virginity, his frozen penis and the number of soldiers he killed while on a military tour in Afghanistan.
The Duke of Sussex’s autobiography became Britain’s fastest-selling non-fiction book of all timeRecord 400,000 copies in hardcover, e-book and audio formats on day one of publication, its editors said in the week of its publication.
In an article written for The New YorkerMoehringer, who also ghost-wrote the memoirs of Nike founder Phil Knight discussed that making the memoir was not a smooth journey. He recalled some teary-eyed moments with the Duke and also an argument over a story about Diana and what it was like to stay at the home of Harry and his wife Meghan in Los Angeles.
Here are Moehringer’s biggest revelations:
The night’s argument over Princess Diana’s history left Harry with “red cheeks and narrowed eyes”.
The ghostwriter claims that he and Harry had a disagreement over a passage concerning the Duke’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
In the summer of 2022, Moehringer said that he and Harry checked changes via a Zoom call at 2 a.m. when they reached a passage that was about Diana.
In the section in question Harry undergoes terrorism training from military personnel pretend to be insurgents.
Moehringer advised Harry not to include the story in the memoir, and they subsequently disagreed, leading them to appear to “yell at” each other.
“Finally, Harry’s captors throw him against a wall, choke him and shout insults in his face, culminating in a vile dig at Princess Diana,” Moehringer wrote.
“And yet part of me was still able to step out of the situation and think, ‘This is so weird. I yell at Prince Harry.’ Then, as Harry started walking back towards me, as his cheeks flushed and his eyes narrowed, a more urgent thought struck him: ‘Whoa, it could all end right here.'”
Finally, Möhringer said, “Harry breathed a sigh of relief” and “calmly explained” that he wanted to include the line because, after years of belittling his intellect, it would show how he still “had his sanity” even after he “kicked.” and beaten and deprived of sleep and food”.
Regardless, Moehringer insisted that it was unnecessary to include the line to write in New Yorker: “Odd as it may seem, memoirs are not about you. It’s not even the story of your life.”
He said Harry made the decision in good spirits, but added with a “impish grin” that he “really [enjoyed] upset you.”
The Independent has reached out to representatives of the Duke of Sussex for comment.
Moehringer and his family were “persecuted” by members of the press.
spare part became the best-selling non-fiction book of all time in the UK when it was published in January 2023.
Moehringer said that the reaction after the publication was that of a “frenzied mob” and that he and his family were attacked by the paparazzi.
“The British press have now translated the book into their native language, this gibberish of crazy hot takes and classic snark,” he said.
“Facts were taken out of context, complex emotions were reduced to cartoonish idiocy, innocent passages were blown up into outrage — and there were so many untruths.”
He recalled how, as he was taking his son to preschool, he was “followed” by a paparazzi standing in the middle of a street to take a picture.
In the first-person play, the writer said the experience helped him understand Harry better after his name was leaked in advance spare part’s publication.
Harry and Meghan looked after Moehringer when he was homesick
While working on the book, Moehringer made several visits to Harry and Meghan’s home in Montecito, California.
When did he write that? He visited the Duke and Duchess with his wife and childrenhis daughter Gracie’s heart was “won” by Harry’s love for him. Moiana.
“When the pandemic subsided, I was finally able to travel to Montecito. I went once with my wife and kids. (Harry won my daughter Gracie’s heart with his huge Moiana Scholarship; His favorite scene, he told her, is when Heihei the stupid chicken finds himself lost at sea,” the author wrote.
Moehringer also recalled two other trips to Harry and Meghan’s home, during which he stayed at the couple’s guest house. He claimed Meghan and the Duke and Duchess’ son Prince Archie, now four, would visit him on their afternoon strolls.
Moehringer “likes” Prince Harry “very much”.
“I just liked the guy,” Möhringer writes of his first conversation with Harry in 2020. “I called him ‘Dude’ right away; it made him laugh. I found his story, as he roughly outlined it, relatable and annoying.”
He continued: “The way he was treated, both by strangers and familiar ones, was grotesque. Looking back, though, I think I selfishly welcomed the idea of being able to talk to someone, an expert, about that never-ending feeling, wishing I could call my mom.”
Moehringer and Prince Harry shared a tearful moment
After a long and emotional journey of collaboration, the pair celebrated the book’s release by raising a glass before Harry tearfully thanked his publishing team and editor.
“He mentioned my advice to trust the book and said he’s glad he did because it feels incredible to have the truth out there.”
“He had tears in his eyes. Mine too,” wrote Möhringer.
Harry seemed “over the moon” after the book was finally published
Moehringer recalled attending a party for the launch of Harry’s book, and when he arrived he was worried that Harry wasn’t happy.
“He appeared, marched towards us and looked flushed,” Moehringer wrote. “Uh-oh, I thought before realizing it was a good flush. His smile was big as he hugged us both.”
“He was happy about a lot. The numbers, of course. Guinness World Records had just certified his memoir as the fastest selling non-fiction book in world history.”