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Prince Harry has reportedly secured a four-book deal with the second due out only when the Queen has passed away.
The Daily Mail has revealed that the “tell all” memoir previously announced by the 36-year-old, will only be the “tip of the iceberg”.
Harry announced this week that he is to release a memoir promising to tell an "accurate and wholly truthful" account of his "highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned".
Sources say that the Duke of Sussex told publishing houses to begin the bidding war at £18 million with the final figure reaching a possible whopping £29 million, which Random House has said the prince will donate to charity.
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Two publishers reportedly flew out from London to Harry's home in California and took part in an 'auction' for the rights to his book.
A source told the Mail: "He conducted negotiations – he had a very 'take it or leave it' attitude.
“His starting price was $25million (£18million) and the final figure was way north of that, possibly as much as $35-40million (£25-29million).
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"Those involved were actually very shocked by his approach, which was to look at them coldly and state his demands: $25million.”
The source went on to say that Buckingham Palace is sure to be worried with the suggestion that the second book will only be published when the Queen dies.
They continued: “People [will] start asking 'what has he got, who is he going to target?' The very idea of this unexploded bomb, hanging about waiting for the Queen to pass, is just extraordinary and may strike many as being in very bad taste.”
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Harry’s wife Meghan Markle, 39, is set to write the third book which will be a “wellness” guide.
The announcement of the memoir has already sent tremors through Buckingham Palace and there are fears it could be the “last straw” which marks the “end of the road” for the Prince’s relationship with the royal family.
Set to be released in late 2022, Harry has said he is writing it "not as the prince I was born but as the man, I have become".
The book has been ghost-written by the author and journalist J R Moehringer, who has also collaborated with tennis star Andre Agassi on his memoir, published in 2009.
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