Prince HarryA ghostwriter has appeared to defend the Duke after critics seized on inaccuracies in his explosive memoir.
JR Moehringer, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, took to social media to post a series of quotes about memory and details.
These include the inaccurate assumption that King Henry VI was his “great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather”; what’s next Princess Dianahe was given an Xbox after his death (four years before release); and where he was when he learned of the Queen Mother’s death.
On Wednesday, Moehringer, who was reportedly paid $1 million (£820,000) for Harry’s commission, took to Twitter to post a quote from The Art of Memoir by Mary Carr.
The passage reads: “The line between memory and fact is blurred, between interpretation and fact. There are unintentional errors of this kind out the wazoo.”
The author also tweeted another quote from Carr, this time from a neuroscientist explaining “intense memories … often record only emotion, all details blurred into an illegible blur.”
Moehringer also published two quotes from Sparrow attributed to Harry.
One said: “Whatever the reason, my memory is my memory, it does what it does, collects and curates as it sees fit, and there is as much truth in what I remember and how I remember it as in the so-called objective facts. Things like chronology and cause and effect are often just fables we tell ourselves about the past.’
In another apparent excuse, Moehringer tweeted Harry’s quote from the book, where he admits he doesn’t know if the Xbox is true, rather it’s an anecdote he’s been told over and over. He also suggests that his mother’s death corrupted his memory.
Moehringer has a number of bestselling autobiographies, from Nike founder Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog to tennis player Andre Agassi’s Open.
The journalist won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for the article “Transition”, a portrait of an isolated river farm in Alabama, where the descendants of slaves live.
This book tells the story of his troubled relationship with his father and how he finds a surrogate in Uncle Charlie, the owner of a local bar.
More than 1.4 million copies were sold on Tuesday, the first day it went on sale, according to publisher Penguin Random House.