Prince Harry’s ghostwriter has defended his bookSpareagainstclaims of inaccuracywith a series of posts on social media.
J.R. Moehringer, who also authored Andre Agassi’s autobiography, was reportedly paid $1million to write the Duke of Sussex’s memoir.
But the book has been accused of a number of factual errors – including a claim that Harry, 38, was descended from King Henry VI, and a passage where he said he was given an Xbox four years before they were actually released.
Mr Moehringer, defending the book on Twitter, posted Harry’s own words on the subject of memory, which read: “Whatever the cause, my memory is my memory… there's just as much truth in what I remember and how I remember it as there is in so-called objective facts.”
The author also tweeted a quote from Mary Karr, author of The Art of Memoir, which said: “The line between memory and fact is blurry, between interpretation and fact. There are inadvertent mistakes of those kind out of the wazoo.”
He posted another quote from Karr which concluded that with intense memories "we often record the emotion alone, all detail blurred into unreadable smear."
Other claims in Spare that have been challenged include Harry’s recollection of where he was when he learned of the Queen Mother’s death and his accusation that stepmotherQueen Consort Camilla leaked information to the media regarding her first ever meeting with his brotherPrince William.
Harry’s memoir was officially released on Tuesday – with the English language editionselling more than 1.4 million copies on its first day of publication, making it thefastest-selling non-fiction book ever.
Two years on from hiscontroversial interview with Oprah Winfrey, and just weeks after hisNetflix documentary series levelled a fresh round of damningclaims against the monarchy, Spare has brought anew round of attacks on the Royal Family.
The Duke of Sussex does not hold back in the book – with criticism directed towards William and Camilla – as well as fatherKing Charles and sister-in-lawKate Middleton.
Among the most explosive allegations in the book was one claim thatWilliam attacked Harry in a row over Meghan Markle – ripping his necklace and knocking him to the floor.
Harry also claimed that the Prince and Princess of Wales encouraged him to wear hisinfamous Nazi uniform to a 2005 fancy dress party.
In another section, he alleged his father King Charles told his later motherPrincess Dianathat 'my work is done' after shegave birth to a 'spare' second son.
In another,Harry revealed he had killed 25 people while serving as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan.
The memoir also contains a number ofintimate revelations about King Charles – as well as someilluminating insights into royal life.
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