Spare: What you need to know about Prince Harry’s memoir

Spare: What you need to know about Prince Harry’s memoir

IN the much-anticipated memoir of 2023, Prince Harry tells his side of the story about the tragic death of his mother Princess Diana, life in the Royal Family and his marriage to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

It received mixed reactions from the public, with the BBC even describing it as the strangest book ever written by a member of the royal family.

“Spare is part confession, part rant and part love letter. At times, you feel like you’re reading a text written by an angry drunk,” said the BBC in their review.

Here is a summary of this book.

When is Prince Harry’s book out?

It goes on sale on January 10, 2023.

Why is it titled Spare?
“Prince William is the heir, while I am the replacement”, wrote Harry. Harry said that when he was 20, he heard his father tell his mother, “Good, you’ve given me an heir and a replacement.” It was probably a joke, Harry added.

How many copies of Spare have sold?
The memoir became the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever, selling over 1.4 million copies on its launch day across the UK, US and Canada.

What does Prince Harry’s book reveal?
Prince Harry’s Spare memoir covers his “personal journey from trauma to recovery”. There are chapters about his childhood, his experiences in the army and serving in Afghanistan, and his life as a husband and father.

Why did he choose to publish the book?
In an interview with the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon, the Duke of Sussex said he did not “set out to bring down the monarchy”, but was “trying to save them from themselves”.
Harry said it was impossible to tell his story without mentioning his family members, “because they play such an important role, and also because you have to understand the character and personality of each person in the book”.

What is the focus of Prince Harry’s book?
Prince Harry wrote how Prince William physically assaulted him during an argument in 2019, leaving him with an injury to his back.

“It all happened so fast. So fast. He grabbed my collar and he knocked me to the floor.”
Harry also claimed William described Meghan as “difficult and rude”.

Another shocking moment was the revelation of how Prince William and Kate “roared” when he wore a Nazi uniform to a costume party in 2005. Harry described it as one of the biggest mistakes of his life.

Harry also spoke about meeting William and King Charles at Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021. According to the memoir, Charles stood between his sons and Harry quoted him as saying: “Please, children. Don’t make my last years difficult.” .

Has King Charles read Prince Harry’s memoirs?
It is not known whether Prince Harry gave his family a copy of Spare. In an interview, Harry said he didn’t think his father would read the book.

King Charles and Prince William each did not respond to media inquiries about the book.

How much did Prince Harry pay to write the book?
This Morning reports that Prince Harry was paid £36 million to publish the book.

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