Spare ghostwriter reveals heated argument with Prince Harry: 'Worked up'

J.R. Moehringer has revealed what it was really like writing with the Duke of Sussex.

Prince Harry's ghostwriter J.R. Moehringer has revealed he and the Duke of Sussex got into a few heated debates during the writing process of his record-breaking memoir Spare.

Sharing his experience with The New Yorker, Moehringer wrote of a particular Zoom conversation between the two men at 2am, where an argument reached the point where the ghostwriter thought he might be fired by the royal.

Prince Harry and image of Spare
Prince Harry's ghostwriter has revealed the pair engaged in heated arguments over parts of the book, after which he thought he'd be fired. Photo: Getty and Penguin Random House

"I was exasperated with Prince Harry," he wrote. "My head was pounding, my jaw was clenched, and I was starting to raise my voice. And yet 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."


The writer shared that he and Harry were working on a "difficult passage" about Harry's time in the British Army, which they'd been disagreeing on for their entire working relationship.

In the book, Harry shares his experience of being "captured by pretend terrorists", who tortured the young prince to see if he could survive a real-life capture in a war zone.

Prince Harry in military uniform
In the book, Harry shares his experience of being 'captured by pretend terrorists', who tortured the young prince to see if he could survive a real-life capture in a war zone. Photo: Getty

The 'kidnappers' threw him against a wall, choked him, and insulted him with cruel digs about his mother Princess Diana.

"Harry always wanted to end this scene with a thing he said to his captors, a comeback that struck me as unnecessary, and somewhat inane," Moehringer shared, adding that he had deleted the comeback every time during the editing process, but Harry would continue pleading for its inclusion.

The Duke explained his reasoning during the tense Zoom call, with the author writing, "He exhaled and calmly explained that, all his life, people had belittled his intellectual capabilities, and this flash of cleverness proved that, even after being kicked and punched and deprived of sleep and food, he had his wits about him."

Prince Harry leaves the coronation
Prince Harry appeared happy as he left the coronation on Saturday. Photo: Getty

However, Moehringer insisted it was an unnecessary inclusion, with Harry eventually conceding, adding, "I really enjoy getting you worked up like that."


More recently, Harry attended his father King Charles' coronation in London before quickly jetting home to ensure he didn't miss his son Archie's fourth birthday.

Harry was reportedly in such a rush to get home that he wore his Dior morning suit on the flight and was in the air before his father and Queen Camilla had even posed for their official coronation portraits.

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