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Spare

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Prince Harry, The Duke Of Sussex

15 Hours 39 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

January 2023

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

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 Princess Diana was laid to rest, billions wondered what Prince William and Prince Harry must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on.

For Harry, this is that story at last.

Before losing his mother, twelve-year-old Prince Harry was known as the carefree one, the happy-go-lucky Spare to the more serious Heir. Grief changed everything. He struggled at school, struggled with anger, with loneliness—and, because he blamed the press for his mother’s death, he struggled to accept life in the spotlight.

At twenty-one, he joined the British Army. The discipline gave him structure, and two combat tours made him a hero at home. But he soon felt more lost than ever, suffering from post-traumatic stress and prone to crippling panic attacks. Above all, he couldn’t find true love. 

Then he met Meghan. The world was swept away by the couple’s cinematic romance and rejoiced in their fairy-tale wedding. But from the beginning, Harry and Meghan were preyed upon by the press, subjected to waves of abuse, racism, and lies. Watching his wife suffer, their safety and mental health at risk, Harry saw no other way to prevent the tragedy of history repeating itself but to flee his mother country. Over the centuries, leaving the Royal Family was an act few had dared. The last to try, in fact, had been his mother. . . .

For the first time, Prince Harry tells his own story, chronicling his journey with raw, unflinching honesty. A landmark publication, Spare is full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.

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  • Anonymous

    I highly recommend this book because it's not just heartbreaking beautiful written but also so inspiring.

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  • Thank you for being so brave, honest, and kind to share your life, I am sure this book will help and inspire so many people to to be real human as you are my dear.

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  • Anonymous

    This book should be called “Whine”.

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  • Jennifer B.

    It’s like a poem. Raw, emotionally honest

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  • Anonymous

    The way this book is getting review bombed by all the royalists with their panties in a twist is laughable. It's well-written, raw, and represents Harry taking his power back from the press. It's not perfect, but neither is he.

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  • Vance K.

    Well written. I feel you Harry. Good for you for having the courage to break the toxic family cycle. Proud of you. Wishing you and yours the very best in love and happiness. Well done!

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  • Mara G.

    I must admit, despite its length, I could hardly press pause, only doing so to get some sleep over the three nights I listened to it. I suppose I wasn’t anticipating he’d share so much about his childhood trauma. The headlines made it sound like it was going to be all about the last 5 years of his life. But his own self introspection that he walked us through starting from a deep trauma far back he is looking to heal from is such a perfect place to start. As he learns how to heal from such deep trauma, it puts into perspective for himself (and the reader) the last few years of his life, and the choices he has made. I think it too easy to say “well if you don’t want the press hounding you, then stop putting things out there!” Well, I’d say he had a duty to himself - for his own growth in order to in turn be a better husband, a better father, a better human - to share his truth. It’ll be up to each reader to believe or not the content, his sincerity. I, for one, do.

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  • Anna D.

    Compelling prose. Powerful voice. Revealing and important story.

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  • Melissa L.

    Great read, some very sweet look backs about his mom.

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  • Bee

    well written! kudos Harry, only the Brave would be this candid

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