Prince Harry’s memoir, titled ‘Spare,’ to come out Jan. 10

NEW YORK >> Prince Harry’s memoir, a subject of obsessive anticipation around the world since it was first announced last year, will be released on January 10.

The book will be called “Spare” and will be billed by Penguin Random House as an account told with “raw, unflinching honesty” and packed with “insights, revelations, introspection and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love.” about grief.”

In a statement released today, Penguin Random House evoked memories of the stunning 1997 death of Prince Harry’s mother Diana and the ensuing image of Harry and his brother “walking behind their mother’s coffin while the world filled with grief — and horror.” watched.

“When Diana, Princess of Wales was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes were thinking and feeling – and how their lives would unfold from that point,” the statement reads in part.

“For Harry, this is finally his story.”

The memoir’s title is an obvious reference to “the heir and the surrogate,” a phrase often used to describe royal siblings. Harry’s brother William is now Prince of Wales and heir apparent to the British throne. When Harry was born, he was directly behind William in the line of succession, but has since been pushed down. Her father, King Charles III, ascended the throne following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last month.

Since the book was first announced in July 2021, royals watchers and the general public have speculated endlessly. Within hours of today’s announcement, “Spare” was in the top 10 on Amazon.com’s bestseller list.

The Duke of Sussex had already indicated his willingness to speak out about his personal life when he and his American-born wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for a bombshell show in March 2021. The couple spoke of Meghan’s deep dissatisfaction with her new life in England, the alleged racism within the royal family and Harry’s fear that his wife’s life could be in danger if they stayed in his homeland.

In 1992, Diana collaborated with author Andrew Morton on her explosive memoir, Diana: Her True Story, in which she detailed her unhappy marriage to future King Charles III.

Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal duties in 2020 and moved to the United States. Harry told Winfrey that his family cut him off financially and that he helped pay for his security with the money his mother left him. They have launched numerous initiatives including a Netflix production deal and the non-profit Archewell Foundation.

Penguin Random House’s 2021 announcement included a statement from Harry.

“I am not writing this as the prince I was born to be, but as the man I have become,” he said. “I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and I hope that by telling my story — the ups and downs, the mistakes, the lessons learned — I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.”

The 416-page book is published in 16 languages, from Dutch to Portuguese. Harry himself – identified by Penguin Random House as a “husband, father, philanthropist, military veteran, mental wellbeing advocate and environmentalist” – will be narrating the audiobook. The cover features a close-up of a non-smiling Harry clad in a t-shirt.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Harry, Duke of Sussex will donate the proceeds of ‘Spare’ to UK charities. He has already donated US$1.5 million to Sentebale, an organization he co-founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help children and youth in Lesotho and Botswana who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

The book’s release was tentatively scheduled for this year, and the delay led to rumors that Harry was reluctant to say too much about his family, or perhaps revise the narrative after his grandmother died in September. He has spoken of being estranged from his brother, despite the siblings and their wives appearing in public together during the mourning period following the Queen’s death.

“Penguin Random House is honored to bring the honest and emotionally powerful story of Prince Harry to readers everywhere,” said Penguin Random House global CEO Markus Dohle in a statement. “He shares a remarkably moving personal journey from trauma to healing, a journey that speaks of the power of love that will inspire and encourage millions of people around the world.”

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