Harry and William rift ‘won’t be healed’ by new bombshell book

Prince Harry 'setting himself up to be thought leader' says expert

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Prince Harry’s upcoming book promises to be “controversial”, and the rift that has grown between him and Prince William “is unlikely to be healed by this book”, a royal commentator has said. Richard Fitzwilliams suggested that the Duke of Sussex may write that he feels “overshadowed” by his brother and heir to the throne.

The Duke’s highly-anticipated memoirs were announced as being titled Spare, the publisher revealed today.

Penguin Random House released details of the book, including the front cover and formats in which it will be made available when it is published on January 10 next year.

Markus Dohle, the publishing house’s chief executive, said it was “honoured” to be publishing the Duke’s “candid and emotionally powerful story”.

He revealed: “[Prince Harry] shares a remarkably moving personal journey from trauma to healing, one that speaks to the power of love and will inspire and encourage millions of people around the world.”

The release of the book will come at an eventful period for the royal family; after celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, in September Britain and the Commonwealth mourned the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

It’s publication will also come almost exactly four months before Prince Harry’s father, King Charles III, is coronated.

Reacting to the announcement of the new memoir, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “This is not a book that should have been published, certainly not in the early months of his father King Charles’s reign.

“When someone refers to themselves as a spare, it is at best cynical and at worst derogatory.

“As a future Queen, it was sometimes said, Diana’s duty was to produce an ‘heir and a spare’.”

The book’s title announcement came alongside the launch of a dedicated website, where Sussex fans can pre-order their copy.

Referencing the now-famous image of a young William and Harry walking behind their mother’s coffin, it said: “It was one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow — and horror.

“As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling — and how their lives would play out from that point on.

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“For Harry, this is that story at last.”

The title appears to be a reference to the often-coined saying, which dates back to when families were expected to produce more than one child for inheritance purposes, as it was more likely that the first might perish.

The description went on to say Spare would provide “raw, unflinching honesty” with “insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief”.

Mr Fitzwilliam commented: “Harry’s choice of title, published almost two years to the day when the Sussexes announced they were stepping back only subsequently to step down as senior working royals, is ominous.

“It is ‘raw’ and ‘unflinching’, and this means controversial.”

He added: “The rift between the brothers is unlikely to be healed by this book; did he, we will wonder, feel overshadowed as the title suggests?

“He will probably give interviews and there will undoubtedly be serialisations and probably a good deal of controversy. With a title like this, the Palace will be very worried.”

As the Duke of Sussex has previously stated, the proceeds from the book will be donated to charities Sentebale – which helps those in Lesotho and Botswana with HIV and Aids – as well as WellChild, of which Prince Harry has been a royal patron for fifteen years.

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