Prince Harry is expected to ask Princess Eugenie for help with his explosive £14million memoir that’s set to drop ‘truth bombs’ on the Royal Family.
The book, created with Pulitzer Prize-winning ghostwriter JR Moehringer, 56, is due to be released next year.
And a source told the Sun: ‘I could only imagine Eugenie talking or being approached as she is someone Harry is still in regular contact with.’
Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank, 35, is also a close friend of the Duchess of Sussex and the couple were given Harry and Meghan’s former UK home – Frogmore Cottage.
Prince Harry is believed to have rubbed members of the Royal Family the wrong way by asking them about their memories of his mother Princess Diana before revealing he was writing the memoir.
Prince Harry has clinched a lucrative four-book deal – with the second due out only after the Queen has died, the Mail can reveal today
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
It comes after it was revealed that the book deal consists of four books and the second will only be released once the Queen dies.
The deal will see a memoir released next year – when it is the Queen’s platinum jubilee – with the second book to be held back until after her death.
Harry’s wife Meghan is to pen a ‘wellness’ guide as part of the contract with Penguin Random House. The subject and author of the fourth title is unknown.
Two publishers flew out from London to see him and others took part in the ‘auction’ by video call, sources say.
‘He conducted negotiations – he had a very ‘take it or leave it’ attitude,’ said an impeccably-placed source in the publishing industry.
‘His starting price was $25million (£18million) and the final figure was way north of that, possibly as much as $35-40million (£25-29million).
‘Those involved were actually very shocked by his approach, which was to look at them coldly and state his demands – $25million.
The deal will see Prince Harry’s memoir released next year – when it is the Queen’s platinum jubilee – with the second book to be held back until after her death. Harry’s wife Meghan is to pen a ‘wellness’ guide as part of the contract with Penguin Random House
‘In Britain, publishing is still a rather ‘gentlemanly’ industry. It’s high stakes, but is still conducted in very genteel terms.’
The source added: ‘The final contract was actually for a four-book deal, with Harry writing one “when his granny dies”. Meghan will write a wellness-type book and people are unsure what the fourth will be. But what is most shocking, frankly, is Harry’s suggestion that the second book won’t be published until the Queen is no longer here.
‘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.’
The Royal Family has been left deeply concerned by Harry’s decision to secretly collaborate with Pulitzer-winning ghostwriter JR Moehringer on what his publishers described as ‘the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him’. The two men have been working on the book for up to a year.
It is described by Harry as a ‘wholly truthful first-hand account’ of his life. But royal aides are worried that it will prove to be a highly one-sided account of the prince’s experiences and reignite tensions with his estranged family.
The Queen and senior royals are still dealing with the fallout from his slew of interviews, most notably with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey. The prince has made a string of highly damaging allegations about his closest relatives, including claims of institutional racism.
Penguin Random House said that the ‘proceeds’ from the book would be donated to charity but has not detailed whether this would include both royalties and the advance.
A spokesman for the prince also insisted that he had informed his family – including the Queen – about plans for his book ‘very recently’.
Yet the Mail understands his office made attempts to contact the royal household only hours before the story was broken by a US newspaper after learning it was about to become public.
Charles is said to have been particularly surprised by the news when it was announced.