Prince Harry, Spare, Spare by Prince Harry, Prince Harry's ghostwriter

Prince Harry, Spare

Who is Prince Harry’s ghostwriter?

In case you’ve been hanging out on a desert island for the past year, Prince Harry put out a book about his life titled Spare.

Like most celebs and famous people, Harry did not write this book all by himself. He had help from writer JR Moehringer, who was basically his ghostwriter.

We all know who Prince Harry is, but who is his ghostwriter? Who is JR Moehringer?

Moehringer is an author and ghostwriter. He grew up on Long Island in the town of Manhasset and later wrote a coming-of-age memoir titled The Tender Bar, which chronicled his being raised by a single mother and influenced by the legion of men who frequented a local bar run by his uncle. That memoir later became a movie starring Ben Affleck as the uncle. He also helped tennis great Andre Agassi write his memoir Open and helped Nike founder Phil Knight  write his memoir titled Shoe Dog. Earlier in his career, Moehringer worked as a journalist for the Rocky Mountain News and The Los Angeles Times. He has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

What did Harry’s ghostwriter say?

Harry’s ghostwriter, JR Moehringer, had quite a bit to say, actually, and he did so in an article published in The New Yorker in May of 2023. The article, titled “Notes from Prince Harry’s Ghostwriter,” talks a little about what it was like to work with Harry—it was a good experience for both, it seems—and how Moehringer got to be where he is, having helped write the fastest selling nonfiction book in the history of nonfiction books.

How much was Harry’s ghostwriter paid for Spare?

Harry’s ghostwriter, JR Moehringer, was paid a reported $1 million to pen the Prince’s memoir.

How much does it cost to buy Harry’s book?

Costs for a book vary over time. On Amazon, Harry’s book is currently going for the following prices:

  • Kindle: $17.99
  • Hardcover: $19.10
  • Paperback: $21.49 (which is more than hardcover!)

How much has Harry’s book sold?

After just one week of being released, Prince Harry's memoir, Spare, sold more than 3.2 million copies worldwide. This breaks The Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest-selling nonfiction book. It has likely sold as many or more copies since.

Do most celebrities use ghostwriters?

Yes, most celebs use ghostwriters when they write their book, which is usually a memoir or a life story. Not being writers, being busy, and having the money to hire a ghostwriter all combine to make it an easy choice for most famous people.

What celebrities have used ghostwriters?

Here are just a few names of celebrities and public figures who probably used a ghostwriter for their book:

  • Donald Trump
  • Demi Moore
  • Michelle Obama
  • David Beckham
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Hilary Duff
  • Michael Jackson
  • Chip and Joanna Gains
  • Hillary Clinton
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Laura Bush
  • Ashley Judd
  • Leah Remini
  • Nicole Ritchie
  • Pamela Anderson
  • Pete Wentz
  • Ronald Reagan

This list could go on, because the majority of celebrities and public figures who write books hire ghostwriters to help them.

How much do ghostwriters cost?

Hiring a ghostwriter can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $100,000 or more, especially for celebrities when they hire a ghostwriter (Prince Harry’s ghostwriter was paid $1 million to ghostwrite his book Spare). For more information on what it costs to hire a ghostwriter, please visit my post, How much does it cost to hire a ghostwriter.

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