Prince Harry’s book title to leave Palace ‘very worried’

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

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Prince Harry’s book title will leave the Palace “very worried”, a royal expert has claimed. It was revealed today the Duke of Sussex’s memoir is called Spare, a reference to the phrase “the heir and the spare”.

The cover was also unveiled and it was confirmed the tome will be released globally on January 10.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said the title choice will set alarm bells ringing at Buckingham Palace.

Mr 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.

“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.”

Referring to the description of the book in a press release, Mr Fitzwilliams continued: “It is ‘raw’ and ‘unflinching’ and this means controversial. He’s used a Pulitzer Prize-winning ghostwriter.

“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.”

The memoir, which will be published by Penguin Random House, was due out later this year.

However, there were reports it had been delayed following the late Queen’s death as Harry made 11th-hour changes to remove potentially damaging material.

The Palace is likely to be bracing for revelations as King Charles starts his reign.

A press release said: “Spare takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the 20th 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.

“For Harry, this is his story at last.

“With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”

It comes as Harry and Meghan Markle are living in California after quitting as working royals in March 2020.

The Sussexes made a series of explosive claims about the monarchy in their Oprah Winfrey interview a year after ending royal duties.

The Duke announced plans for his tell-all memoir last year, saying he was penning it “not as the prince I was born, but as the man I have become”.

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