Ghostwriter defends Harry’s lies in biography
A few days after the publication of Prince Harry’s memoirs, criticism of the accuracy of the representations was loud. His ghostwriter JR Moehringer is now protecting the royal.
Is Prince Harry cheating in his memoir “Spare”? The prince is accused of a number of factual errors.
Patricia BroderEditor People
Is Prince Harry (38) cheating in his hit biography? As soon as the Duke of Sussex’s eagerly awaited memoir “Spare” (in German: “Reserve”) was published, critics spoke up. The British press has accused Harry of not taking the truth very seriously. The American author and journalist JR Moehringer (58), who put Harry’s memories and experiences on paper, is also attacked.
Among the statements in question is Harry’s claim to be descended from King Henry VI. As well as his account of being given an Xbox as a gift in 1997, even though the video game console hadn’t even appeared at the time. Harry also claims that he learned of the death of his great-grandmother, Queen Mum (1900-2002), at Eton College, a British boarding school for boys. But pictures show: At the time of her death, Harry was staying with his father, King Charles III. (74) and his brother Prince William (40) on a skiing holiday in Switzerland.
Ghostwriter defends Harry
Now Harry’s ghostwriter JR Moehringer reports on the allegations and defends the inconsistencies: “Unintentional errors” in memoirs are common, explains the author, who also wrote the autobiographies for tennis legend Andre Agassi (52) and Nike founder Phil Knight (84). , since «the boundary between memory and fact has become blurred.»
In addition, the Pulitzer Prize winner pointed out in his tweet that Prince Harry had repressed his memories many times. It is therefore impossible to recapitulate them later without errors. In fact, the royal himself admits in “Reserve” that his memory suffered from the death of his mother Princess Diana (1961-1997).
More than 1.4 million copies sold
JR Moehringer reportedly made around $1 million for writing down Prince Harry’s memoirs. A deal that was just as worthwhile for the author as it was for Harry himself: According to the publisher Penguin Random House, more than 1.4 million copies of the English-language edition of his autobiography “Spare” were sold on the day of publication – including the hardcover -Outputs also e-books and audio books.