Prince Harry did NOT make any changes to his memoir Spare after the Queen died and completed the manuscript FIVE months ago after choosing the controversial title HIMSELF, claims Meghan Markle’s friend Omid Scobie
- The prince’s book, titled Spare, is set to be published by Penguin Random House on January 10
- Mr Scobie said the ‘punchy’ title for Harry’s book was made by the Duke ‘early on in the process
- He also claimed that there were ‘no last-minute rewrites or edits’ after the Queen died on September 8
The controversial title for Prince Harry’s autobiography was his own choice and he has not changed the manuscript since the death of the Queen, according to his wife Meghan Markle’s friend Omid Scobie.
The Duke of Sussex’s book, titled Spare, is set to be published by Penguin Random House on January 10 – which will be more than four months since the death of Her Majesty on September 8.
Writing in his column for Yahoo, Mr Scobie, who is known as a cheerleader for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, said that the ‘punchy’ choice of title for his book was ‘made by Prince Harry early on in the process’.
He also claimed that there were ‘no last-minute rewrites or edits’ after the Queen died, with the Duke instead completing the book’s manuscript ‘almost five months before the monarch’s passing’.
Prince Harry will however ‘acknowledge’ his grandmother’s death at the start of his book, which is being ghost-written by novelist J. R. Moehringer.
The controversial title for Prince Harry’s autobiography was his own choice and the Duke of Sussex has not changed the manuscript since the death of the Queen, according to his wife Meghan Markle’s friend Omid Scobie
Mr Scobie said that Harry’s choice of the title ‘Spare’ reflected how he is ‘finally owning the term after a lifetime of being called it.’
He said the purpose of the ‘spare’ is to be the ‘resident scapegoat to protect the Crown and higher ranking family members’, adding that it will be ‘interesting’ to see how Prince Harry’s memoir covers such alleged moments.
The book is also set to be filled with Harry’s ‘trademark cheekiness’, whilst his life story will be ‘surprisingly relatable’.
Harry has had to cope with the death of his mother Princess Diana in 1997 as well as ‘the struggles of accepting oneself, sibling rivalry and falling in love with a person your family doesn’t accept’, Mr Scobie added.
But the royal commentator insisted Harry will not be ‘trashing’ his family, with his book instead allegedly offering a ‘more sympathetic look at the realities of their [the Royal Family’s] near-impossible existence’.
However, the risk of ‘very serious blowback from the institution and family’ remains a ‘very real risk’, he said. Palace aides are said to fear that the book could cause ‘irrevocable damage’ to both ‘reputations and relations’.
The Duke and his wife Meghan have been living at their $14million home in Montecito, California with their two children Archie and Lilibet since they chose to step away from royal duties in 2020.
Publishers Penguin Random House say Harry’s book is written with ‘raw unflinching honesty’ and is expected to contain explosive new material addressing Harry’s childhood and his rift with ‘The Firm’ after meeting Meghan.
Reports claimed Harry may fly to Britain in the New Year to explain his ‘intent’ in writing the book – which is set to cast a shadow over the Royal Family’s Christmas – the first since the Queen died.
Senior royals are said to be bracing themselves’ for the publication of the 416-page title on January 10. Biographer Tom Bower has warned the memoir’s reception will be a make or break moment for the Sussexes.
‘Put it this way, it’s not going to make for a relaxing family Christmas,’ a source told the Mail on Sunday.
It has now been claimed that Prince Harry had to submit his book more than once before it was accepted by publishers, sparking fears that it was ‘sexed up’ with revelations about the Royal Family.
A source told The Sun: ‘The book has been back and forth between Harry and [ghost writer] JR Moehringer and the publishers a few times.
‘They wanted more than was in the first draft, and then Harry wanted to refine things after the Queen passed away.
‘But there has been extra toing and froing that people don’t know about. This is because the publishers wanted more areas covered and more detail on some things that were already included.
‘There is a real concern that that means Harry has had to sex up the book and include revelations that even he might not even be that comfortable with.’
In his statement paying tribute to his grandmother shortly after her death, Harry praised her ‘sound advice’ and ‘infectious smile’ and called her a ‘guiding compass’ through her commitment to service and duty.
Released on September 12, 2022, his remarks also referred to his ‘darling wife’ Meghan Markle; said he was grateful that the Queen had hugged her ‘beloved great-grandchildren’; and spoke of how he ‘cherished’ the times spent with the 96-year-old.
Prince Harry will acknowledge his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II’s death in his upcoming memoir, according to PEOPLE. Pictured, Harry and the Queen in 2018
Royal commentators said the release of Prince Harry’s book would be ‘unhelpful’ to King Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort
Prince Harry pictured with Prince William, King Charles and the Princess Royal during the Queen’s funeral in September
He said: ‘In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen – and in mourning her loss – we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty.
‘She was globally admired and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy.
‘Let us echo the words she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, words which can bring comfort to all of us now: ‘Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings.’
‘Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.
‘I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honour my father in his new role as King Charles III.
‘Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice. Thank you for your infectious smile.
‘We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace.’
Harry and Meghan, 41, were in the UK for charity events when Queen Elizabeth died. The couple stayed in Britain to attend ceremonies honouring Her Majesty, including her state funeral and committal service on September 19.
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