Prince Harry’s long-awaited memoir will be released in January


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CNN

Prince Harry’s highly anticipated memoir will be titled “Spare” and will be published on January 10, his publisher announced on Thursday.

The 416-page book will remind Harry of Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, when the 12-year-old prince walked behind his mother’s coffin, Penguin Random House said in a press release.

Its title appears to be a nod to Harry’s perceived role in the royal family, from which his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, stepped back as working royal in early 2020.

Since then, the couple has relocated to the US, and has worked to become financially independent by signing several media deals. They have also revealed some tensions with Harry’s siblings and his father, King Charles III.

“For Harry, this is finally his story,” said Penguin Random House. “With its raw honesty, SPARE is a remarkable publication about the eternal power of love over grief, a publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination and hard-earned wisdom.”

Harry announced the book in June 2021 and was originally due to be published in late 2022, but the release was delayed.

The prince reunited with his family following Queen Elizabeth II’s death last month, attending a number of memorial events including a state funeral in London. It is unclear whether Harry updated the book to reference the monarch’s death and subsequent period of mourning.

Harry will donate proceeds from the book’s sales to “various charities,” the publisher said. He has also already donated $1,500,000 to Sentebale, a group that protects children affected by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho and Botswana, after supporting a cause his mother Diana was closely associated with.

He has also pledged £300,000 ($347,000) to British charity WellChild, which helps children with serious illnesses.

It’s unclear whether the book’s contents will ease or exacerbate Harry’s complex relationship with the rest of the royal family.

In a podcast interview last year, Harry said he was caught in a cycle of “pain and suffering” in the clan and was very critical of the way his father Charles had raised him.

“When it comes to parenting, maybe if I’ve gone through any of the pain or suffering that my dad or my parents went through, I’m going to make sure that I break that cycle. Don’t go through it,” Harry told Dax Shepard, actor and host of the “Armchair Expert” podcast.

A Netflix documentary series on Harry and his wife, Meghan, is also expected to be released soon, although a release date has yet to be formally announced. Britain’s Telegraph quoted friends of the Sussexes as insisting it would still be released in December, as originally planned.

It follows a multi-year production deal the pair signed with the streaming giant in 2020.