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Prince Harry's 'Spare' Smashes Book Records Sales Despite Being Leaked Before Release

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By Favour Adegoke on January 14, 2023 at 1:00 AM EST

Prince Harry's book Spare has set a new record as the fastest-selling non-fiction book published by Penguin Random House.

Reports have noted that the tell-all sold over 400,000 copies in the Duke of Sussex's place of birth and over a million combined with US and Canadian sales.

The book was first announced by the publishers in 2021 and has since generated several discussions online. Ahead of its release, Prince Harry shared in an interview that the book's essence was not to hurt his family but to tell his truth.

Keep on reading to learn more.

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Prince Harry's 'Spare' Sets New Record For Its Publisher

Prince Harry smiling

Per reports, Prince Harry's bombshell memoir, Spare, has set new sales records following its release on January 10, 2023.

The book, which Penguin Random House published, became the publisher's highest-selling non-fiction book on the first day of its release, with 1.4 million first-day and pre-order sales in the US, UK, and Canada, per The News.

It is reported that the juicy tell-all sold 400,000 copies in the UK alone, suggesting that citizens in Harry's native country were very interested in seeing all he had to say about the royal family.

Gina Centrello, the president of Random House Group, echoed the same sentiments upon the book's release.

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He said, per The News, "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."

The release comes after some snippet of it was leaked before the official day, including an accidental sale in Spain five days before the date.

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'Spare's Release Was Highly Anticipated

Cover of Prince Harry memoir to be called 'Spare'

Spare was first announced by publisher Penguin Random House in July 2021, more than a year after the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan Markle had announced that they were stepping down from their roles as senior royals.

Since then, the book has generated a lot of discussions, fueled by rumors about the mysteries it may contain.

The publication date, which was previously slated for late 2022, was postponed in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away in September 2022, per Yahoo.

The memoir will be released in over 11 languages alongside an unabridged audio edition of the book. Part of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to two charities, namely Sentebale and Wellchild.

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Prince Harry's Memoir Detailed Many Bombshells

Prince Harry at Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England.

As feared by many royal insiders, Prince Harry's first book gave a behind-the-scenes look at the British royal family. It also revealed a new angle on Harry and Meghan's strained relationship with the senior royals.

Before the memoir's release, leaks revealed several jarring contents that spotlighted the royal family in a way that, while predictable, wounded deeply.

A conversation between him, Prince William, and King Charles III in which they tried to convince their father not to wed Queen Camilla Parker-Bowles is one of the book's many highlights.

Harry also disclosed that he and William had a physical altercation over Meghan Markle and that during his two deployments in Afghanistan, he had killed 25 people.

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Intimate reflections about Princess Diana, Prince Charles' first wife, and the Royal family's interactions with the British media are also included in the book.

'Spare' Was Not 'Intended To Hurt My Family

08-06-2019 England The ceremony of the Trooping the Colour, marking the monarch's official birthday, in London. Queen Elizabeth II Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales Prince Andrew Britain's Princess Beatrice of York Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Queen Elizabeth II Princess Eugenie of York Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Andrew, Duke of York Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Many have speculated that Harry's book was his form of revenge against The Firm for allegedly leaking negative comments about them to the process. However, in a recent interview held ahead of the book release, the 38-year-old refuted such claims.

"None of anything that I've written, anything I've included is ever intended to hurt my family," he said during a 60 Minutes interview on Sunday with tv personality Anderson Cooper, per Daily Mail.

He added, "But it does give a full picture of the situation as we were growing up, and also squashes this idea that somehow my wife was the one that destroyed the relationship between these two brothers."

Elsewhere in the interview, Harry shared that he still has much love for his brother despite their differences over the years.

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He said, "Um, you know, my brother and I love each other. I love him deeply. There has been a lot of pain between the two of us, especially the last six years."

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