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"Fans of celebrity memoirs, the Royals, and family dysfunction should immediately turn to Spare by Prince Harry. Any lingering questions one may have about the institution are answered, and then some. Spare doesn't clear Harry's name from any of the drama, but it certainly paints a picture of a troubled young man whose mother tragically passed away and was forced to comfort the public instead of grieving. Over the years there has been a bad-boy spotlight on Harry, from his alleged drug abuse, to his time in Afghanistan, and of course, his murky relationship with his brother William. In Spare, the Prince invites readers to go through all the family's dirty laundry and, ultimately, why he chose to escape from it. Fans of audio books should consider listening to Spare, narrated by the Prince himself."--Reviewed by Meghan


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Discover the global phenomenon that tells an unforgettable story of love, loss, and healing.

“Compellingly artful . . . [a] blockbuster memoir.”—The New Yorker

It was one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow—and horror. As Princess Diana was laid to rest, billions wondered what Prince William and Prince Harry must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on.

For Harry, this is that story at last.

Before losing his mother, twelve-year-old Prince Harry was known as the carefree one, the happy-go-lucky Spare to the more serious Heir. Grief changed everything. He struggled at school, struggled with anger, with loneliness—and, because he blamed the press for his mother’s death, he struggled to accept life in the spotlight.

At twenty-one, he joined the British Army. The discipline gave him structure, and two combat tours made him a hero at home. But he soon felt more lost than ever, suffering from post-traumatic stress and prone to crippling panic attacks. Above all, he couldn’t find true love. 

Then he met Meghan. The world was swept away by the couple’s cinematic romance and rejoiced in their fairy-tale wedding. But from the beginning, Harry and Meghan were preyed upon by the press, subjected to waves of abuse, racism, and lies. Watching his wife suffer, their safety and mental health at risk, Harry saw no other way to prevent the tragedy of history repeating itself but to flee his mother country. Over the centuries, leaving the Royal Family was an act few had dared. The last to try, in fact, had been his mother. . . .

For the first time, Prince Harry tells his own story, chronicling his journey with raw, unflinching honesty. A landmark publication, Spare is full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.

About the Author

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, is a husband, father, humanitarian, military veteran, mental wellness advocate, and environmentalist. He resides in Santa Barbara, California, with his family and three dogs.

Praise For…

“Unflinching, introspective, and well-written.”Time

“Compellingly artful . . . [a] blockbuster memoir.”The New Yorker

“A scorching account of life in a golden cage.”The Atlantic

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593593806
ISBN-10: 0593593804
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: January 10th, 2023
Pages: 416
Language: English