The no-holds-barred memoir of the Duke of Sussex is going to be published on January 10, 2023. This was revealed by Prince Harry’s publisher, Penguin Random House, via a press release on October 27. The second son of King Charles III and the late Princess Diana will not be sparing any details on why he gave up his seat in the royal family in this book.
The book’s title is a nod to the adage “the heir and the spare.” In this case, Prince William has always been the heir to the British throne. Prince Harry tells the world his story as the “spare” who is unlikely ever to ascend the throne and thus might search for a new path.
“For Harry, this is his story at last,” revealed the publisher. It is the story of two young boys who walked behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched. It explains why the Duke of Sussex stepped down from his duties as a royal family member to move to the United States.
While this memoir promises to be brutally honest, much has changed since the autobiography was first announced. The most significant event was Queen Elizabeth II’s death in September and Harry’s father, Charles, being named the United Kingdom’s monarch.
There are questions about whether or not the book will be therapeutic for Harry or a salacious tell-all that burns all bridges still linking him to his family. It is also wondered if this will be a more in-depth recap of what was revealed in the infamous Oprah Winfrey interview with the Duke and Duchess.
Upon the book’s announcement from the publisher, Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
As Prince Harry is well-known for his philanthropy, some proceeds from “Spare” will be given to charity. The publisher, Penguin Random House, has confirmed that donations will be made to Sentebale and WellChild.
The prince co-founded Sentebale in 2006 to help HIV-positive youths in Botswana and Lesotho learn how to live with their illness. WellChild is a British charity that provides grants which allow children with serious health needs to be cared for in their homes.
“Spare” is a delicate balancing act. When the book was announced in 2021, Prince Harry vowed to be “accurate and wholly truthful.” Knowing this, one cannot help but wonder if this memoir will deepen the rift between the author and his family.