Prince Harry shocked the world on Monday when he announced that he has written an explosive memoir about his life that is set to be released next year. Now, sources are saying that Harry blindsided the royal family with this news, and that he didn’t even tell his father Prince Charles about the book.

One palace source told Page Six that Charles was “surprised” to hear about the memoir with the rest of the world on Monday.

“No one knew,” said another royal insider. “There was chaos when the Page Six story came out.”

Given the fact that Harry has spoken out against Charles in recent interviews, the royal family should likely expect the memoir to not be flattering towards the heir to the throne. In one interview earlier this year, Harry complained that Charles had “passed down a cycle” of “genetic pain and suffering” to him.

Harry left the world stunned on Monday when he announced his memoir.

“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become,” Harry said, according to Us Weekly.

“I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story — the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned — I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think,” he continued. “I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”

The book will be released through Penguin Random House in late 2022.

“All of us at Penguin Random House are thrilled to publish Prince Harry’s literary memoir and have him join the world-renowned leaders, icons, and change-makers we have been privileged to publish over the years,” said Markus Dohle, the CEO of PRH.

“Prince Harry has harnessed his extraordinary life experience as a prince, a soldier, and a knowledgeable advocate for social issues, establishing himself as a global leader recognized for his courage and openness,” he continued. “It is for that reason we’re excited to publish his honest and moving story.”

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