‘Spare’ torn apart as 93 percent refuse to read Harry’s story

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Prince Harry’s memoir Spare will not be read by most Express.co.uk readers, a new poll has found. The Duke of Sussex’s publisher Penguin Random House shared more details about the highly-anticipated book last week, announcing that it would be released on January 10, 2023.

The details were shared with the launch of a new website on Thursday, October 27. The book is due to explore Harry’s time in the Royal Family from his childhood and mother’s death to his decision to leave the Firm two years ago.

The publisher 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. 

“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.”

In a poll that ran from midday on Friday, October 27, to 7:30am on Tuesday, November 1, Express.co.uk asked readers: “Will you read Prince Harry’s book?”

In total, 24,164 votes were cast with the overwhelming majority, 93 percent (22,553 people) answering “no” against reading Harry’s book.

Whereas five percent (1,287 people) said “yes” they would read his memoir and a further one percent (324 people) said they did not know.

Readers shared their thoughts on Spare in hundreds of comments left below the accompanying article.

One reader, username hopeful56 said: “No I will not read this book and quite frankly I really do not understand who would want to.”

Others held a similar view with username JanetWCQ1958 writing: “I have no intention of wasting my hard-earned money.”

Username Cynical Old Possum! Said: “Watching paint dry would be far more interesting.”

While username maude commented: “I would not read that book if someone paid me to.”


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Meanwhile, some readers argued they had no interest in supporting Harry’s story, with lin007 remarking: “Wouldn’t even pay 10p for it!”

Username Guen Ty said: “I shan’t be reading this so-called ‘memoir’. I’ve heard enough about it already and I’m bored with it!”

Another, username bettyb, said: “Why would anyone buy the book when the media will have all the ‘juicy’ parts? I also do not want to support Harry financially and buying the book will do just that.”

And, username chicotina wrote: “As an American, I read a tonne of books on the Royal Family, mostly history type books but a few of the current state of the family as I find it all very fascinating as we have nothing like this here in the US. That said, as I refused to read Finding Freedom I will also not be reading Spare.”

A hardcover copy of Spare will retail at £28 and will be sold worldwide in 16 languages. Harry will also be narrating the audio edition himself. Some of the proceeds from book sales will be donated to charities including Sentebale and WellChild. 

In an interview with GB News last week royal reporter Cameron Walker claimed that Harry’s book could become an “instant bestseller” due to the high volume of interest.

Markus Dohle, chief executive of Penguin Random House said they were “honoured to be publishing Prince Harry’s candid and emotionally powerful story for readers everywhere.”

He continued: “He 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.”

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