Much has been said about Prince Harry’s explosive memories, but few know how his memoir, which details his life as an eternal secondary and his rocky relationship with his family, was created. The journalist JR Moehringer was tasked with putting these memories into words, and the process lasted over nine months.
Moehringer, an expert in biography and author of Open: My Story, sees himself as a midwife for Harry’s memoir. He worked extensively with the Duke of Sussex, often colliding over differing viewpoints. One such episode that caused disagreement between them was the false kidnapping incident during a military exercise, which Harry wanted to include in the book.
The writer and his family traveled to meet Prince Harry and his wife in person after initial video call conversations. Moehringer’s youngest daughter was especially fascinated by Harry’s extensive knowledge of Disney movies. Eventually, the writer moved into the Sussex residence in Montecito alone for a while to work on the book.
Moehringer recalls Meghan’s kindness, including her visitations with Archie and treats for him during his stay. She even sent toys for her children after the book’s publication. Despite their differences during the creation process, Harry’s memoir, In the Shadow, is now available for readers to enjoy.