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Prince Harry’s ‘Spare’ sets first-day sales record with 1.4m copies sold amid royal losses

Prince Harry’s ‘Spare’ sets first-day sales record with 1.4m copies sold amid royal losses

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To Prince Harry tell-all memoir “Spare” is flying off the shelves after its long-awaited release.

First-day sales of the controversial book exceeded 1.4 million copies, according to publishing company Penguin Random House.

The Book of Harry was written to give readers an inside look into Harry’s private life, as he opened up about his grief following the death of his mother in 1997 and his long-simmering resentment of being a royal ‘back-up’ overshadowed by ‘ the heir” – older brother Prince William.

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He recounted arguments and a physical altercation with William, revealed how he lost his virginity and admitted to using illegal drugs.

Prince Harry’s tell-all memoir Spares has been flying off the shelves since its long-awaited release. (Getty/Penguin Random House/Getty Images)

“Spare” sales include hardcover editions, audiobooks, and e-books sold worldwide, including in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

“Spare’s first full day of sales represents the largest first-day sales total for any non-fiction book ever published by Penguin Random House, the world’s largest commercial publisher,” the publisher said in a statement to People.

The Duke of Sussex’s memoir is “the story of someone we may have thought we already knew, but now we can truly understand Prince Harry through his own words,” Gina Centrello, president and publisher of Random House Group, said in a statement. according to the Associated Press.

The book had a global release date of January 10th and a US price of $36.

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Sales for Spares include hardcover editions, audiobooks and e-books sold worldwide. (AP Photo/AP Images)

From Harry and his wife Meghan Markle announced they were taking a “step back” as senior members of the royal family, the couple released several public projects while speaking out against the monarchy.

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In 2021, they talked about their decision to leave with Oprah Winfrey in an interview that was watched by nearly 50 million people worldwide.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke to Oprah Winfrey in an interview watched by nearly 50 million people worldwide. (Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions via AP/AP Images)

Harry and Markle launch narrative docu-series on Netflix on December 8, 2022.

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Like a dark cloud, the release of “Spare” hangs over the upcoming coronation of the King in May. Harry’s father became king after his mother’s death, Queen Elizabeth IIon September 8. The longest-reigning British monarch is 96 years old.

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Royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdotti told Fox News Digital that the royal family is said to be “pretty angry” at Harry’s latest actions. He noted that King Charles’ response was clear when he recently changed the procedure for his coronation.

“Even if Harry and Meghan were invited, one would expect they would find a polite way not to attend after all the trouble they’ve caused,” he said. “But one can never fully predict their behavior. … [The royals] should be handled carefully. … By not reacting publicly, they are at least leaving open the possibility that things will calm down. This allows for the possibility of having conversations in the future that may allow for some form of reconciliation.”

Fox News Digital’s Stephanie Nolasco and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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