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Prince Harry’s Memoirs Are Out

“Spare” is the title of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex’s much-anticipated memoir, which Penguin Random House is publishing today in all its markets. The book is being published in 16 languages today. The German-language edition from Penguin Verlag alone launches with an initial print run of 200,000 copies.

Today, Penguin Random House is publishing “Spare,” the long-awaited memoirs of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, in all its markets worldwide. The book has already generated plenty of advance coverage. “Harry spills the beans,” “fascinating,” “spectacular revelations,” are just some of the press reactions in recent days. Random House is publishing the book in the U.S. and Canada; in the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa, it is being published by Transworld, a Penguin Random House UK company. The German-language version, entitled “Reserve,” is being published by Penguin, a Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe imprint, with an initial print run of 200,000 copies. In total, the book is being published in 16 languages today. 

In the lead-up to today’s release, Prince Harry spoke about his memoirs and his relationship with the royal family in high-profile interviews last Sunday with the TV channels ITV in the UK and CBS in the U.S. RTL Deutschland had secured the rights to the ITV interview for German-speaking countries and broadcast it yesterday. “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born to be, but as the man I have become,” the Duke of Sussex said in a statement released in July 2021 when the memoir was announced. “My hope is that by telling my story, the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned, I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think,” Prince Harry said. He said he was “deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far” and is excited for people to read a first-hand account of his life that is “accurate and wholly truthful.” 

“Spare” directly revisits one of the most moving images of the 20th century: two boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world looks on in mourning. At Princess Diana’s funeral, billions of people wondered what the princes were thinking and feeling at that moment – and what course their lives would take from that moment on. For Harry, the moment has now come to finally tell his story. In its candid, unflinching candor, “Spare” is a special book full of insights, admissions, self-reflection, and the hard-won conviction that love can conquer grief forever. 

Prince Harry intends to use the proceeds from the sale of his book to support British charities through donations. The Duke of Sussex has already donated $1.5 million to Sentebale, an organization he co-founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers, which supports children and young people affected by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho and Botswana. Prince Harry will also make a donation of £300,000 to the charity “WellChild.” The organization, whose royal patron he has been for 15 years, enables children and young people with complex health needs to be cared for mainly at home rather than in a hospital.  

Besides English and German, Harry’s memoirs are being published today in 14 other languages, including Spanish (by Plaza & Janés/Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial), Brazilian Portuguese (Objetiva/Grupo Companhia das Letras), Portuguese (Objectiva/Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial), Simplified Chinese (Penguin Random House China), Danish (Politikens Forlag), Dutch (Hollands Diep/Overamstel), Finnish (Otava Publishing Company, Ltd. ), French (Éditions Fayard), Greek (Pedio Books), Hungarian (Corvina Books), Italian (Mondadori), Polish (Wydawnictwo Marginesy), Romanian (Nemira Publishing House), and Swedish (Albert Bonniers Förlag).