Plenty to Spare! Prince Harry’s memoir FINALLY goes on sale at midnight in the UK but bookshops are hardly mobbed as fans swerve late-night openings
- Prince Harry’s memoir Spare is being sold for £14 in bookshops across the UK
- Leaks and TV interviews have revealed personal details that are shared in book
- The explosive pages include details of a fight with Prince William in 2019
Prince Harry’s memoir Spare has finally gone on sale at midnight in the UK – five days after it was first leaked to the world in Spain and was extensively quoted in the Duke’s round of TV interviews.
But although train station in London, including Victoria, Euston and Piccadilly opened late for the sales, fans appeared to swerve their first chance to buy copies.
Some UK stores opened late for the midnight release of the biggest royal book since Harry’s mother Princess Diana collaborated with Andrew Morton for ‘Diana: Her True Story’ in 1992.
The long-awaited 416-page book will be awaiting shoppers tomorrow morning and is being sold at half-price for £14 in Waterstones, WH Smith and on Amazon.
Prince Harry’s memoir Spare has finally gone on sale at midnight in the UK – five days after it was first leaked to the world in Spain
Shops appeared relatively empty as the memoir was launched – with more press than customers
First in the queue to get his hands on a copy at Euston station was professor Chris Imafidon
He holds three copies of the memoir during the special midnight opening event for the release of the memoir
Press also attended WH Smiths as the book was released, appearing to outnumber customers
A member of staff in WH Smiths at Victoria in London unpacks copies of Spare ready to go out on display
The long-awaited 416-page book will be awaiting shoppers tomorrow morning and is being sold at half-price for £14 in Waterstones, WH Smith and on Amazon
Alternatively, the audiobook – narrated by Harry himself – is available for £7.99 on Audible.
First in the queue to get his hands on a copy at Euston station was professor Chris Imafidon.
But there appeared to be more press than customers eagerly awaiting the moment the book was available.
Only a handful of people were waiting outside WHSmith in Victoria station, central London to be one of the first to buy a hardback copy of the Duke of Sussex’s controversial memoir Spare.
The release comes after the Spanish edition of the book En La Sombra (‘In The Shadow’) was leaked on February 5, despite ultra-secure arrangements in place, and after a set of tell-all interviews.
It was pulled from the shelves within hours but not before the world had gained access to its contents, detailing tensions between Harry and other members of the royal family and personal stories about the Prince’s life.
The ‘explosive’ pages include accusations of a physical fight with his older brother Prince William at Nottingham Cottage in 2019, as well as a further disagreement shortly after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in 2021. Kate also comes under fire.
The Duke of Sussex describes a stand-up row that ended with the Prince of Wales grabbing him by the collar and throwing him to the floor, shattering a dog bowl with his back.
Harry also includes personal stories, admitting to drug use, having a frostbitten penis at William and Kate’s wedding and detailing how he lost his virginity.
It is dedicated to his wife Meghan, children Archie and Lilibet, and his late mother Diana and is being published in 16 languages.
A pallet of books are delivered to a branch of WHSmiths in Euston Station, ready for the midnight release
The ‘explosive’ pages include accusations of a physical fight with his older brother Prince William at Nottingham Cottage in 2019 (pictured together in September)
It follows a round of TV interviews, including with ITV’s Tom Bradby and US network CBS
Harry has been secretly working on the book about his life in the Royal Family for over a year as part of a reported $20 million book deal with Penguin Random House
Copies of the bombshell memoir Spare are finally available to purchase in the UK from midnight
He has collaborated with the Pulitzer-winning ghostwriter J. R. Moehringer to share his ‘raw and unflinching’ story.
Spare is now finally available in the UK after the a publicity blitz including two interviews with ITV’s Tom Bradby and CBS’s Anderson Cooper which dropped yesterday.
Mr Bradby, a former royal correspondent and current presenter of ITV News at Ten, is a friend of the Sussexes and previously interviewed them for a documentary about their 2019 Africa tour.
The interview saw him alternate between answering questions from Bradby and reading sections from his memoir, as he sensationally accused his family of being ‘complicit’ in the ‘pain and suffering’ inflicted on his wife and compared them to ‘abusers’.
And speaking to Anderson Cooper on US network CBS, he called Camilla ‘the villain’ and ‘dangerous’ – ignoring his father’s pleas not to attack her – and suggests there are still questions to be answered surrounding Diana’s death.
The family, particularly William and father King Charles III, will be fearing what other embarrassing and dangerous revelations are contained within its pages, as the British media picks over Harry’s claims in minute detail.
The book comes on the back of six-hour Netflix docuseries ‘Harry & Meghan’, in which the couple again aired their grievances with the royal family and the British media.
The Spanish version was leaked on January 5
If the couple were hoping to elicit sympathy, recent polls appear to show that they are having the opposite effect – at least in the UK.
A YouGov poll on Monday found that 64 percent now have a negative view of the once-popular ginger prince – his lowest-ever rating – and that Meghan also scores dismally.
And after days of TV trailers and newspaper leaks, a relatively low figure of 4.1 million people tuned into the first of Harry’s interviews, with Britain’s ITV, according to official ratings data.
In the interview, the Duke of Sussex caused bafflement by insisting he and his mixed-race wife never accused the royal family of racism over comments made about the skin tone of their unborn son.
‘No I didn’t. The British press said that,’ Harry said, adding that Meghan had also not called the royals ‘racist’.
The initial allegation, made in a bombshell interview given by Harry and Meghan in March 2021 to US chat show host Oprah Winfrey, caused a transatlantic uproar.
To CBS, the prince also admitted to being ‘probably bigoted’ before he met Meghan, and accused William and his wife Kate of never giving her a chance.
Harry maintains he wants a rapprochement with his father and brother, despite a lack of contact with them, but said the onus was on them, refusing to confirm whether he will attend Charles’s coronation in May.
Omid Scobie, a friend and biographer of Harry and Meghan, said the couple were likely now to adopt a lower profile after the recent ‘soap opera’.
‘I think we’re going to see, for the rest of this year, a couple sort of retreating from a lot of what we’ve seen over the last few months,’ he told BBC radio.
Harry has been secretly working on the book about his life in the Royal Family for over a year as part of a reported $20 million book deal with Penguin Random House.
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