Penguin Random House has announced that Prince Harry’s memoir, titled SPARE, will release on January 10, 2023. The publishing house’s press release describes the autobiography as “intimate and heartfelt”, and “written with raw, unflinching honesty”. The title seems to be a nod to the phrase “heir and spare”, referring to he who is next in line to be monarch (Prince William) and his sibling (Prince Harry). Prince Harry first announced the book deal in 2021.
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Prince Harry said in the press release, “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become. I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story – the highs and lows, 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 Duke of Sussex has penned down deeply personal and vulnerable moments from his life, including the time him and his brother, Prince William, walked behind their mother, Princess Diana’s coffin as young children. His military service in Afghanistan and his journey of becoming a husband and a father are also among the experiences he has covered the book.
“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.” Prince Harry said.
Further, the press release stated that through the proceeds of the memoir, Prince Harry will support two important causes. He has donated $1,500,000 to Sentebale, an organisation he founded with Prince Seeiso in honour of their mothers. It works to support AIDS-affected children and youth in Lesotho and Botswana. He will also donate £300,000 to WellChild, a non-profit that supports children and youth with complex health needs in receiving care at home instead of the hospital, whenever possible. Prince Harry has been the Royal patron of WellChild for the past 15 years.
SPARE will be translated into 16 languages, and an audiobook read by Prince Harry will release on the same day.