J.R. Moehringer, the ghostwriter of Spare, opened up about his experience working with Prince Harry. HOLR breaks it down.
Working with Prince Harry is not always easy! J.R. Moehringer shared his personal experiences as a ghostwriter for Spare in a recent piece for The New Yorker. The writer addressed the ups and downs of collaborating with Prince Harry on the memoir.
According to his article, working with the prince seemed to be exhausting at times. “I was exasperated with Prince Harry,” Moehringer wrote. “My head was pounding, my jaw was clenched and I was starting to raise my voice.” he continued, as he recalled one argument they had had.
J.R. continued and addressed the moment when he had thought their collaboration would end because of the argument. “Some part of me was still able to step outside the situation and think, ‘This is so weird. I’m shouting at Prince Harry. Then, as Harry started going back at me, as his cheeks flushed and his eyes narrowed, a more pressing thought occurred: ‘Whoa, it could all end right here.'” he said.
The incident happened on a Zoom call at 2 a.m. and involved the ending of a story that Prince Harry had added to the book. As the ghostwriter was not pleased with the ending of the anecdote, he proposed to change it and then the argument started.
However, things got quickly better and working with Prince Harry turned up to be an enjoyable experience. “He mentioned my advice, to ‘trust the book,’ and said he was glad that he did, because it felt incredible to have the truth out there, to feel—his voice caught—‘free’. There were tears in his eyes. Mine, too.”
How much did Harry get for Spare?
According to Forbes, Harry’s memoir, which was released earlier this year, is thought to have brought the prince “a $20 million advance”.
Published by HOLR Magazine.