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Prince Andrew ‘is in talks with US authors to write a tell-all autobiography’ following Prince Harry’s release of Spare

March 26, 2023
  • Prince Andrew wants to set the record straight after the Jeffrey Epstein scandal
  • It is suggested that Andrew is in discussions with US author Daphne Barak.
  • His new memoir    has been described by sources as Spare 2.0 after Harry’s book.

Prince Andrew is believed to be in talks with American authors to write an explosive tell-all autobiography.

The memoir is described by sources close to the Duke of York as Spare 2.0 after Prince Harry’s  controversial book, Spare.

The disgraced Duke is said to believe that an autobiography might allow him to set the record straight in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

His last major bid to do so – the notorious BBC Newsnight interview in 2019 – backfired spectacularly, but the Duke would have more control with a book.

A source said: ‘Andrew was the original spare and there’s plenty of material. Compared to Harry, he has a far greater depth of history to draw from.

‘Writing a book would give him the opportunity to fully explain his association with Jeffrey Epstein and the resulting fall-out.

‘But it would also be a fascinating insight into the inner workings of the Royals and their relationships.’

It has been suggested that Andrew is in discussions with US author and interviewer Daphne Barak, who has written biographies of Amy Winehouse and former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto. However it is understood she is currently engaged on a separate book project unrelated to the Royals.

Two leading publishers are said to be interested in an autobiography of the Duke, who settled with his sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre in an out-of-court agreement last year.

A lucrative book deal would be useful for Andrew, who has told friends he has received no inheritance from the Queen when she died. Financial pressure on him could be increased by King Charles’s plans to slash Royal funding, which could see him ‘evicted’ from his Windsor home Royal Lodge unless he can pay for expensive maintenance.

A source said: ‘Andrew needs to find ways of making money and supporting himself.

‘It would be a huge wrench to leave Royal Lodge. But mainly he wants to set the record straight. If he doesn’t change the narrative, no one else will.’

Jeremy Murphy, founder of New York-based PR firm 360bespoke, who has represented A-list names, authors and worked across primetime TV shows, cautioned though that Andrew might struggle to get a big money deal.

He said: ‘I have no doubt someone would make Andrew an offer. However, it is unlikely to be one of the big publishers. He still has the slime factor. Many publishers are owned by huge corporations and the blowback from giving this man a platform would not go over well with a big publicly traded company.

‘So I feel a deal would be with a smaller publisher, perhaps one looking to make a name for itself.

‘And I do not think he would get a big advance. It would be likely a contract which rewarded him on the back end with royalties. I would be surprised if an advance was even a million dollars.’

Tony Lyons, president of New York-based Skyhorse which has published books shunned by rivals, said: ‘Andrew’s book is of great public interest, the world needs to hear his side of the story.’

Ms Barak declined to comment.

The Duke of York’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

The Daily Mail

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