It looks like it’s time for a new chapter for Prince Harry — and now we’re able to read all about it. Prince Harry’s highly anticipated new memoir is out, and we have the key details including the title, the cover and the juiciest tidbits the Duke reveals. Here’s what we know about Prince Harry’s memoir so far.
What is Prince Harry’s memoir called?
As PEOPLE reports, the 416-page memoir is titled Spare — which appears to be a play on Prince Harry’s former position in his family (AKA, as the second-born son of now-King Charles, Harry has been referred to as “the spare to the heir Prince William, whose heir is now his eldest son, Prince George.”)
What does Prince Harry’s memoir reveal?
In what Penguin Random House refers to as a “landmark publication” in a release, Spare is a chance for the Duke of Sussex to share his story.
“Written with raw, unflinching honesty, Spare finds the Prince writing about some moments from his life publicly for the first time,” the publisher said in the release. In the same release, Prince Harry shared more about what the memoir contains.
“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become,” Prince Harry said. “I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is 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.”
The memoir also reveals many details about Prince Harry’s life — and family.
One of the chapters in his story, for example, includes his time in the military, including the gruesome training, complicated missions and even the lives taken during his time in Afghanistan, according to PEOPLE.
“I don’t know that you ever fully reconcile the painful elements of being at war,” he tells the outlet. “This is something each soldier has to confront, and in the nearly two decades of working alongside service personnel and veterans, I’ve listened to their stories and have shared mine. In these conversations, we often talk about the parts of our service that haunt us — the lives lost, the lives taken. But also the parts of our service that heal us and the lives we’ve saved.”
The Duke of Sussex also alleges that he was physically attacked by Prince William, according to Global News, and that it’s been a while since he has spoken to his brother and his father King Charles, as US Weekly reports.
Prince Harry also gets candid about how he lost his virginity at 17 years old in a field behind a pub and how the British tabloids “pitched” Prince William and Kate against him and his wife, Meghan Markle.
Another riveting moment in his memoir details how he lost his mother, Princess Diana when he was just 12 years old. He claimed he felt “guilty” and confessed that it took him years to accept that the late princess was gone. According to US Weekly, the then-young prince wanted proof that she was in the car, “and proof that the very paparazzi that chased her into the tunnel were the ones that were taking photographs,” he explained.
The Duke also recalls how he’s always referred to Queen Consort Camilla as the “third person” in his father’s and Princess Diana’s marriage and how he thought she was dangerous due to her connections with the UK press.
Some other moments include his relationship with Meghan and their family.
When was ‘Spare’ released?
Prince Harry’s Spare was released on January 10. According to the publisher, the memoir will be translated into 16 languages, and an audiobook (read by Harry) was also released on the same day.
How well did ‘Spare’ sell?
Spare was the fastest-selling non-fiction book in Indigo’s history, selling over 40 per cent more copies on release day than Barack Obama’s A Promised Land, which was the previous record holder.
Not only was Spare the number one search term on indigo.ca on Jan. 10, but Ontarians were particularly excited about the release. In fact, “57 per cent of retail sales and almost 60 per cent of indigo.ca visits and units sold online were from Ontario customers,” Indigo tells us.
What is on the cover of Prince Harry’s memoir?
As shown in Vanity Fair here, the cover of Spare is simple and straight to the point: it showcases a close-up image of Prince Harry’s face.
Where will proceeds from Prince Harry’s memoir go?
Proceeds from Spare will support two British charities. According to PEOPLE, Prince Harry has given $1.5 million to Sentebale, his African HIV and AIDS charity, and around $320,000 to WellChild (a charity that he has supported for 15 years).