Spare: Prince Harry sells 1.4m copies on first day
Written by City Radio on January 12, 2023
Prince Harry’s autobiography “Spare” sold 1.4 million English-language copies on its first day in the UK, United States and Canada, publisher Penguin Random House said on Thursday.
The sales figures come as the first opinion poll since the memoir’s publication showed Harry’s popularity in the UK continuing to nosedive.
The headline-grabbing book was published on Tuesday and accompanied by four high-profile promotional interviews with the prince.
Revelations included Harry’s claim his brother Prince William physically attacked him in a row in 2019 and that the once-close brothers begged their father not to marry his wife, Queen Consort Camilla.
The 38-year-old former soldier also revealed he had killed 25 Taliban during his time in Afghanistan, sparking condemnation from military personnel and the Taliban.
Parts of the book were widely leaked but its contents have continued to fill airtime and newspaper and online pages.
Speaking about the sales, president and publisher of the Random House Group Gina Centrello said in a statement that “Spare” was far more than a celebrity memoir.
“Vulnerable and heartfelt, brave and intimate, ‘Spare’ is the story of someone we may have thought we already knew, but now we can truly come to understand Prince Harry through his own words,” she said.
“Looking at these extraordinary first day sales, readers clearly agree, Spare is a book that demands to be read, and it is a book we are proud to publish,” she added.
The book is one of a number of lucrative contracts struck by Harry and his American wife Meghan cashing in on their royal connections.