Prince Harry's bombshell news that he's been writing a memoir to be published next year was met with "big sighs" from the royal family, a palace insider has said.
The Duke of Sussex will reportedly make at least $20million (£15million) from the book, which he is understood to have been working on with the help of a ghost writer.
The revelation triggered a "tsunami of fear" among royal circles after the fallout from his and Meghan Markle's tell-all Oprah interview earlier this year, a source told the Mirror.
Harry announced the unprecedented publishing deal on Monday, claiming the memoir would be an "accurate and wholly truthful" account of his life to date.
It would see him become the first prominent member of the royal family in history to write a book about personal matters in such detail.
A source close to Prince Charles said that senior royals were "surprised" by the news
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The Times reported last night that the news was greeted with "big sighs" within the royal household, according to an inside source.
Senior royals were given very little notice, with a spokesperson for Harry claiming he had discussed it with them "very recently", according to the paper.
And The Telegraph reported that the palace would be "afraid" of the explosive memoir, suggesting it would not sign off on the publication.
The publisher will be required to show Buckingham Palace any extracts that could be deemed defamatory.
Prince Harry's latest revelation is likely to widen the rift between the Sussexes and the royal family
But the palace may feel singling out any one statement in a complaint may be interpreted as "tacit approval" for everything else, the paper reported.
In a statement on Monday, the duke, 36, said: "I'm writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.
"I've worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope that in telling my story – the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.
"I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I've learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that's accurate and wholly truthful."