Prince Harry news – latest: Duke ‘cut bombshells from book which family would not forgive him for’

Prince Harry has revealed he cut out bombshells from his book which King Charles and Prince William would not “ever forgive” him for.

In a new interview, the Duke of Sussex said he had enough material for a second book after holding back a number of revelations.

He told The Telegraph: “The first draft was different. It was 800 pages, and now it’s down to 400 pages. It could have been two books, put it that way. And the hard bit was taking things out.”

“There are some things that have happened, especially between me and my brother, and to some extent between me and my father, that I just don’t want the world to know. Because I don’t think they would ever forgive me.”

Harry’s fraught relationship with the King and Prince William is exposed in Spare, which has become the fastest selling non fiction book in history, while a poll has found Harry’s popularity has dropped since its publication.

Key points

  • Kate Middleton claims that ‘talking therapy’ doesn’t work for everyone after Prince Harry releases Spare

  • King Charles III all smiles on first royal engagement since release of Harry’s tell-all memoir

  • King Charles ‘must be furious’ over nicknames for royal aides

  • Prince Harry denies boasting about Taliban kills, describing the spin as a ‘dangerous lie’

  • Prince Harry reveals how Diana’s perfume helped him cope with her death

Prince Harry says he held back some bombshells from book

18:56 , Liam James

Prince Harry has revealed that he has enough material to fill another book after cutting stories from his memoir that he believes the King and Prince William would not ever forgive him for if made public.

He said Spare, his ghostwritten tell-all which made an enormous splash when it was published worldwide this week, was 800 pages long at first draft before he cut it down by half for publication.

He admitted to difficulty in deciding which stories to cut from the book, which included revelations of rows with his brother and urging his father not to marry Camilla, Queen Consort.

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Prince Harry ‘has enough for another book’ with ‘unforgivable’ stories

Prince Harry and Meghan less popular than Andrew among over 65s, new poll shows

17:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry and Meghan are now less popular than disgraced royal Prince Andrew among over-65s after making bombshell revelations in Spare, a new poll has found.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have seen polling numbers plummet after Harry used his new memoir and TV interviews to discuss the ongoing row with the Royal Family.

A fresh survey by YouGov found that 73 per cent of over-65s in Britain have a “very” negative view of Harry. Some 69 per cent had the same view of the Duchess.

This compares with 60 per cent for Prince Andrew, who was stripped of his military titles and patronages in January over allegations of sexual assault, which he denies.

Prince Harry and Meghan less popular than Andrew among over 65s, new poll says

Late Queen’s royal aide demands apology over ‘errors’ in Prince Harry’s memoir

16:30 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

A former palace aide has demanded a public apology from Prince Harry over a passage written in his new memoir, Spare.

Dickie Arbiter, 82, who was assistant press secretary to the late Queen Elizabeth, has claimed a passage in the Duke of Sussex’s book has been misattributed to him.

Though Arbiter is not named in the book, he says a quote in the book could be interpreted as if it was him, and he would like the publisher to apologise.

In Spare, Prince Harry discusses an article published by the Daily Mail in 2020, in which a group of royal commentations, the “Fleet Street jury” shared their opinions on Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from royal duties.

Ellie Muir has more:

Late Queen’s royal aide demands apology over ‘errors’ in Prince Harry’s memoir

Prince Harry reveals how Diana’s perfume helped him cope with her death

16:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry has revealed how the smell of Princess Diana’s perfume helped him cope with her death.

In his new memoir, Spare, which came out on 10 January, the Duke of Sussex expressed his feeling of grief after his mother died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, at the age of 36. Harry was 12 years old at the time of Diana’s death.

He went on to note how his therapist urged him to reflect on what he remembered about his mother, including “bedtimes in Kensington Palace,” when he’d go from “inhaling her perfume” to then “lying in bed”.

“We’re breaking through,” Harry’s therapist told him. “Let’s not stop there.”

Prince Harry reveals how Diana’s perfume helped him cope with her death

Prince Harry’s Taliban kill claim could help ex-soldiers, psychologists say

15:29 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Some traumatised ex-soldiers may be helped by Prince Harry’s revelations about how he killed 25 people in Afghanistan, according to psychologists.

They say speaking out about what he has gone through, the Duke of Sussex is “validating” his feelings.

The prince writes in his newly published memoir, Spare, that he killed 25 Taliban fighters while serving as a soldier in Afghanistan – but in interviews has denied “boasting” about it, saying that was “very dangerous spin”.

Harry’s military comrades said they were dismayed at his “unnecessary” claim, arguing it made him a much greater security risk, and also put his family in danger.

But the prince hit back in an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the US, saying he hoped talking about it would help other army veterans, and especially help prevent suicides.

Jane Dalton has more:

Prince Harry’s Taliban kill claim could help ex-soldiers, psychologists say

‘Introducing Sussex Class’: Air New Zealand makes dig at Harry and Meghan after Spare claim

14:32 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Air New Zealand has appeared to make a dig at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the former included a reference to the airline in his explosive new book, Spare.

“Introducing #SussexClass,” the Kiwi flag carrier posted on its social media pages, followed by a crown emoji.

“Apparently coming soon.” The post concluded with the side-eye emoji.

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The tweet and Facebook post was seemingly in response to Harry writing in his memoir that Meghan paid for a first-class flight on Air New Zealand from Mexico to the UK for her father, Thomas Markle.

‘Introducing Sussex Class’: Air New Zealand makes dig at Harry and Meghan

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare ‘is being shared for free on Whatsapp’

14:05 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry’s new memoir Spare is reportedly being shared on WhatsApp for free, Lucy Skoulding writes.

The Duke of Sussex’s book, released on Tuesday, has already become the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever, according to its publishers Transworld Penguin Random House.

But a number of Twitter users have said they have been sent a PDF of the memoir on the social messaging app, potentially costing the prince lost sales, and it is not uncommon for books to be shared on illegal torrenting sites after publication.

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare ‘is being shared for free on Whatsapp’

Prince Harry recalls ‘painfully awkward’ first kiss with Cressida Bonas in memoir

13:45 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry has recalled his “painfully awkward” first kiss with Cressida Bonas in his memoir Spare.

On Tuesday (10 January), the Duke of Sussex’s long-awaited autobiography finally hit the shelves.

You can follow The Independent’s blog for updates here.

In the book, Harry details how he came to meet Meghan Markle, as well as his past relationships.

These include the late Caroline Flack and actor Bonas, who he was introduced to by Princess Eugenie and dated from 2012 to 2014.

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Prince Harry recalls ‘painfully awkward’ first kiss with Cressida Bonas in memoir

Prince Harry was right to tell his story – but he still has a lot to learn about racism

13:25 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry was wrong to suggest that there’s a substantive difference between “unconscious bias” and racism. There isn’t, Nadine White writes.

During an ITV interview that aired on Sunday, Prince Harry denied accusing the royal family of racism in his Oprah interview in March 2021, after Meghan revealed an unnamed family member raised concerns about how dark their unborn son Archie’s skin would be.

“No I didn’t... the British press said that... did Meghan ever mention that they’re racist? There was concern about his skin colour,” the duke told interviewer Tom Bradby. When Bradby asked: “Wouldn’t you describe that as essentially racist?” Harry replied: “I wouldn’t, not having lived within that family.”

Instead, the Duke of Sussex went on to suggest that unconscious bias was to blame for his relative’s worry about how Black his unborn child would be. Harry added: “Going back to the difference between what my understanding is because of my own experience, the difference between racism and unconscious bias, the two things are different.”

Opinion: Prince Harry still has a lot to learn about racism

The Bee, The Fly and The Wasp: Harry’s acid outburst against the grey men in the palace

13:10 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Now that Spare by Prince Harry has been leaked, spun, translated to and from Spanish, and commanded at least four “exclusive” TV interviews with the renegade royal – and now that it has been officially published across print and digital media worldwide, reported, and digested – it’s clear who comes off worst. Prince William, Charles and then Camilla, in that order, Sean O’Grady writes.

Only the reputation of the late Queen emerges intact – he wouldn’t dare, though, would he? – while Prince Andrew gets off lightly with just the one routine condemnation, and only because Andrew got to keep his security.

But there is also some collateral damage inflicted on “The Bee, The Fly and The Wasp”. These three insects are believed to be the private secretaries of the senior royals at the time: respectively, Edward Young, who acted for the Queen; Simon Case, who worked for Prince William and Harry; and Clive Alderton, who worked for the then Prince Charles.

Harry’s acid outburst against the grey men in the palace | Sean O’Grady

King Charles reportedly 'planning on inviting Harry and Meghan to coronation'

12:48 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

King Charles III is reportedly planning on inviting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to his coronation in May.

The 74-year-old monarch will be crowned in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

A royal expert believes that Prince Harry, who has been openly critical of his father in his new autobiography Spare, will be invited to the occasion with his wife Meghan Markle.

“My sources close to the king say that he will be extending that olive branch and will be inviting Meghan and Harry to the coronation,” Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight.

King Charles reportedly 'planning on inviting Harry and Meghan to coronation'

Prince Harry recounts awkward 'fab four' reconciliation

12:30 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

JR Moehringer grew up with a love of The Prince and the Pauper. Now he’s written Prince Harry’s memoir

12:10 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry’s ghostwriter, JR Moehringer, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning feature writer whose own memoir about his absent father was adapted into a George Clooney-directed film.

Now he’s turned his hand to ferreting out the most intimate details of royal life and familial intrigue, writes Sheila Flynn.

JR Moehringer, the ghostwriter who helped Prince Harry tell his story

Man told police he threw egg at King Charles because visit ‘was in bad taste’

11:50 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

A man has admitted to throwing an egg at King Charles during a walkabout in Luton.

Harry May, 21, has pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to throwing an egg toward the King during a walkabout in Luton in December.

Prosecutor Jason Seetal said police had detained May after seeing him hurl a projectile toward the monarch, which landed on the floor nearby as the King spoke with members of the public.

The King was temporarily steered away from the crowds outside Luton Town Hall by his security staff shortly after arriving. He then resumed shaking hands with members of the public after being moved to a different area.

Thomas Kingsley reports:

Man told police he threw egg at King Charles because visit ‘was in bad taste’

Harry recalls Meghan’s seven-word retort to William amid tense ‘Fab Four’ meeting

11:05 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Meghan Markle and Prince William reportedly found themselves in a row after the Duchess of Sussex made a comment about the Princess of Wales’ hormones.

The alleged encounter is among the moments detailed in Prince Harry’s memoir Spare, released today (10 January). The ghost-written autobiography accidentally went on sale in Spain five days prior to the official release, while pages of the memoir were leaked to various media outlets.

In it, Prince Harry claims that his wife asked William to get his finger out of her face during a heated argument.

Ellie Muir reports:

Harry recalls Meghan’s seven-word retort to William amid tense ‘Fab Four’ meeting

Harry, no... Why Spare is a step too far even for this royals fan

10:36 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

“Wait. Say that again. They call each other Willy and Harold? Harry’s necklace was ripped?! He was injured by a dog bowl!?!?!

“The explosive account of a fight between Prince Harry and Prince William, from Harry’s forthcoming memoir Spare, contains the kind of intimate, incidental details that usually make me giddily incredulous,” Jessie Thompson writes.

“I’m the type of casual royal watcher who has vague political opinions about inherited privilege but will neck a new Tina Brown book like it’s a tasty mojito.

“I watch new seasons of The Crown in a single sitting. I have even googled ‘Princess Margaret wearing sunglasses young’.

“Basically, I’m here for the drama. So I find myself in an unusual position. Harry’s book is undoubtedly the biggest and most anticipated book release of 2023, offering a no-holds-barred look into the reality of his royal life. And yet… the thought of actually reading it? Oh god. Now I’m not actually sure that I want to.”

Harry, no... Why Spare is a step too far even for this royals fan

Prince Harry has ‘turned against military family’ by revealing Afghanistan kills, ex-colonel says

10:02 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

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The Duke of Sussex has now turned against his “other family, the military” after revealing he killed 25 people in Afghanistan, a retired British Army colonel has said.

Colonel Tim Collins, known for a pre-battle speech he made in Iraq, said Harry’s conduct is “not how we behave in the army”.

It comes as the duke faces an intense backlash after writing about his time in Afghanistan in his controversial memoir, Spare.

Harry wrote that flying six missions during his second tour of duty on the front line in 2012 to 2013 resulted in “the taking of human lives”, of which he was neither proud nor ashamed.

Prince Harry has ‘turned against military family’ by revealing Afghanistan kills

TK Maxx denies Prince Harry’s claim about shopping retailer’s annual sales

09:34 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

TK Maxx denied Prince Harry’s claim about shopping at the retailer during its yearly sales, which he mentioned in his new memoir, Spare.

In his book, which was released on 10 January, the Duke of Sussex reflected on buying from TK Maxx during their “once-a-year sale”. However, TK Maxx has now responded to the royal’s claim, noting that its stores don’t “do sales”.

“Whilst we’re delighted Prince Harry is a big fan, we thought we should explain we don’t actually do sales,” a spokesperson for the brand told Express. “Instead, we offer great value, style, and savings all year round.”

The response from TK Maxx - which is known as TJ Maxx in the US - comes after Harry made claims about how much he loves buying his daily attire from the department store.

Amber Raiken has more:

TK Maxx denies Prince Harry’s claim about shopping retailer’s annual sales

Prince William ignores questions from reporters about Prince Harry’s memoir during first public outing

08:48 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince William ignored questions about brother Prince Harry’s book during his and Kate Middleton’s first public outing since the release of the tell-all memoir.

On Thursday, the Prince and Princess of Wales made their first public appearance following the release of the Duke of Sussex’s memoirSpare on 10 January. They travelled to Merseyside, where they visited the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the Open Door charity.

During the outing, Prince William was faced with multiple questions from reporters about his brother’s memoir, including whether he has read the book and if he was “hurt” by Harry’s claims.

Chelsea Ritschel has more:

Prince William ignores questions from reporters about Prince Harry’s memoir

Prince Harry and Meghan less popular than Andrew among over 65s, new poll shows

08:23 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry and Meghan are now less popular than disgraced royal Prince Andrew among over-65s after making bombshell revelations in Spare, a new poll has found.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have seen polling numbers plummet after Harry used his new memoir and TV interviews to discuss the ongoing row with the Royal Family.

A fresh survey by YouGov found that 73 per cent of over-65s in Britain have a “very” negative view of Harry. Some 69 per cent had the same view of the Duchess.

This compares with 60 per cent for Prince Andrew, who was stripped of his military titles and patronages in January over allegations of sexual assault, which he denies.

Matt Mathers reports:

Prince Harry and Meghan less popular than Andrew among over 65s, new poll says

Kate Middleton claims that ‘talking therapy’ doesn’t work for everyone after Prince Harry releases Spare

07:45 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Kate Middleton has claimed that talking therapy doesn’t work for everyone, just two days after Prince Harry’s tell-all memoir, Spare, was released.

The Princess of Wales commented that conventional types of therapy may not be beneficial to all in her first royal engagement since the Duke of Sussex’s tell-all memoir arrived in bookshops.

In it, Harry references his own therapy sessions, uses psychotherapy language including “trauma” and details his experiences with PTSI (Post Traumatic Stress Injury). Harry even thanks therapists who helped him in the book’s acknowledgements.

Visiting various locations in Merseyside, William and Kate met several young adults at the Birkenhead-based Open Door charity on Thursday (12 January), which provides access to arts-based therapeutic support.

Ellie Muir has more:

Kate Middleton claims that ‘talking therapy’ doesn’t work for everyone

Prince Harry says he sees his mother Diana in Archie and Lilibet: ‘The Spencer gene is very, very strong’

07:26 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry has opened up about the “ginger gene” he passed down from his mother’s side to his son and daughter, and why he didn’t think his and Meghan Markle’s children would inherit his hair colour.

The Duke of Sussex discussed the couple’s son Archie, three, and daughter Lilibet, one, during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday 10 January.

During the conversation, which saw the royal and late-night host discuss Harry’s memoir Spare as they took shots of tequila, Colbert asked the duke whether he sees any of his late family members in his and Meghan’s children.

“Having children helps us remember those that we’ve lost. Do you see your mother or your grandparents in any of your children?” Colbert asked the duke as he held up a family portrait of Harry, Meghan and their two children.

Prince Harry says he sees his mother Diana in Archie and Lilibet

Voices | The important health sign more people need to recognise like Harry did

07:01 , Andy Gregory

In this piece for Independent Voices, Brooke Metz writes:

In his new memoir Spare, Prince Harry explores his own experience with panic attacks. He describes still having to attend events and even speak at them, much to his dismay. Back then, anxiety was rarely discussed – and certainly not among members of the royal family.

Even just a few years ago, people didn’t discuss mental health issues as much as they do now. While anxiety has become almost a buzzword over the last couple years, with nervousness of all levels being referred to as the disorder, it wasn’t always this way.

I used to talk about my panic attacks in whispers and with a rose-colored face, like calling my mental illness by name, out loud, would cause people to see me in a different light. But I was the same person I’d always been. I just had a name for my ever-so-often inability to breathe - and it didn’t mean a trip to the emergency room.

I’m glad society is at a point now where words like “anxiety disorder” and “panic attack” can be used without needing to blush or make excuses. They’re nothing to be ashamed of. And whether you’re a royal prince or just an everyday American like me, you deserve care and support.

You can read the full article here:

Opinion: The important health sign more people need to recognize like Harry did

Prince Harry likens Diana’s perfume to a tab of LSD

06:02 , Andy Gregory

Prince Harry has revealed how the smell of Princess Diana’s perfume helped him cope with her death, likening it to “a tab of LSD”.

In Spare, he notes how his therapist urged him to reflect on what he remembered about his mother, including “bedtimes in Kensington Palace,” when he’d go from “inhaling her perfume” to then “lying in bed”.

“We’re breaking through,” Harry’s therapist told him. “Let’s not stop there.”

The royal then revealed that during one of his therapy sessions, he brought “a bottle of Mummy’s favourite perfume to the office,” before explaining how he felt when smelling it.

“First, by Van Cleef & Arpels. At the start of our session, I lifted the lid, took a deep sniff. Like a tab of LSD,” he wrote.

My colleague Amber Raiken reports:

Prince Harry reveals how Diana’s perfume helped him cope with her death

JR Moehringer, the ghostwriter who helped Prince Harry tell his story

05:00 , Andy Gregory

The two boys grew up 20 years and almost 3,500 miles apart, both navigating parental dysfunction, both floundering to find their places in vastly different worlds. One was a prince; one was far closer to the pauper end of the spectrum. They would both be fathers themselves by the time their professional paths crossed.

When it happened, however improbably, the teaming of ghostwriter JR Moehringer with the Duke of Sussex would lead to one of the most explosive memoirs in living memory. Prince Harry bares his soul, controversially, in the tell-all Spare, but it was Moehringer who put the royal’s story down on paper.

Sheila Flynn tells his story:

JR Moehringer, the ghostwriter who helped Prince Harry tell his story

King Charles jokes about plaque during visit to Aboyne

04:01 , Tony Jones

King Charles also carried his first official engagement since Harry’s book was released, visiting the town of Aboyne, close to the late Queen’s Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire.

He drank tea with members of the Aboyne Men’s Shed, a community facility, and watched craft skills including wood and stone carving in action.

Charles, dressed in a hunting Stewart tartan kilt, then unveiled a plaque, made by Men’s Shed member Tony Atherton, to a round of applause and said: “I am very impressed.”

After admiring it, he quipped: “Has he spelt it all right?”

William and Kate told to ‘keep going’ during hospital visit

02:57 , Andy Gregory

William and Kate were questioned about Harry’s controversial autobiography on Thursday as they opened a hospital in Liverpool – but one visitor told the future King to “keep going”.

One elderly woman, who had an appointment at the hospital, stood against a barrier waiting to talk to the future King and when he stopped she grasped his hand.

The 81-year-old, who only gave her first name Sylvia, said “Keep going Will, scousers love you”, and he replied, “I will do”.

William and Kate are asked about Harry’s book during hospital visit

What was Harry paid for Spare?

02:02 , Andy Gregory

While no figure has been officially confirmed, publisher Penguin Random House is rumoured to have paid Harry a $20m (£17m) advance for Spare, the BBC reports.

ET Canada, has reported that Prince Harry’s book deal consists of four editions, with a $35m-$40m (£28m-33m) price tag.

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare ‘is being shared for free on Whatsapp’

00:58 , Andy Gregory

Prince Harry’s new memoir Spare is reportedly being shared on WhatsApp for free.

A number of Twitter users have said they have been sent a PDF of the memoir on the social messaging app, potentially costing the prince lost sales, and it is not uncommon for books to be shared on illegal torrenting sites after publication.

My colleague Lucy Skoulding reports:

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare ‘is being shared for free on Whatsapp’

Harry row ‘not just a celebrity knockabout story’, says King Charles biographer

Thursday 12 January 2023 23:56 , Andy Gregory

Prince Harry’s memoir and the continuous toxicity of the royal family rupture is “not just a celebrity knockabout story” and “the status of a significant institution of state” is ultimately at stake, a biographer of King Charles has said.

The saga could “mark the beginning of the end of the monarchy”, Catherine Mayer said, warning that this peril is exacerbated by the “layers of secrecy and obfuscation” surrounding the royals.

“The monarchy is supposed to present an idealised version of family and instead is projecting extreme dysfunction,” the Heart of a King author told The Independent, also pointing to the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew.

The arrival of Meghan Markle had initially helped the royals perform this role, galvanising “support from demographics who had never seen themselves in any way reflected by the royals” suggested Ms Mayer, who is also co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party.

But the failure of that project “has instead turned them into opponents of the monarchy”, she said.

Prince Harry set to potentially outsell Obamas, says Dubray

Thursday 12 January 2023 23:16 , Andy Gregory

Penguin Random House has said that the English language edition of Prince Harry’s memoir sold more than 1.4 million copies on its first day of publication.

Susan Walsh, marketing manager at Dubray bookstores, said: “The new book by Prince Harry is performing very strongly in Dubray this week.

“In comparing the title to other international biographies, sales are set to be on par, or higher, than other milestone biographies such as Michelle Obama, Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen.

“Harry Potter still holds the record for our largest first week’s sales but Spare has earned its place among the fastest selling non-fiction books in recent memory.”

Prince Harry says he sees his mother Diana in Archie and Lilibet

Thursday 12 January 2023 22:40 , Andy Gregory

Prince Harry has opened up about the “ginger gene” he passed down from his mother’s side to his son Archie and daughter Lilibet.

During the Duke of Sussex’s appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the host said: “Having children helps us remember those that we’ve lost. Do you see your mother or your grandparents in any of your children?”

In response to the question, Harry said he “definitely” sees his mother, Diana, in his children, before joking that the “ginger gene is a strong one”.

Prince Harry says he sees his mother Diana in Archie and Lilibet

Two in five people think Prince Harry’s motivation for writing book was money

Thursday 12 January 2023 21:59 , Andy Gregory

Prince Harry has said that the motivation behind writing the book was to tell his side of the story – after accusing Buckingham Palace of negative briefings against him and his wife, which it denies.

But only one in five people polled by YouGov said they believed Prince Harry’s motivation, while nearly twice as many (41 per cent) thought his aim was to make money.

Prince Harry and Meghan less popular than Andrew among over 65s, new poll says

Prince Harry and Meghan less popular than Andrew among over 65s, new poll shows

Thursday 12 January 2023 21:22 , Andy Gregory

Prince Harry and Meghan are now less popular than disgraced royal Prince Andrew among over-65s after making bombshell revelations in Spare, a new poll has found.

A fresh survey by YouGov found that 73 per cent of over-65s in Britain have a “very” negative view of Harry. Some 69 per cent had the same view of the Duchess.

This compares with 60 per cent for Prince Andrew, who was stripped of his military titles and patronages in January over allegations of sexual assault, which he denies.

My colleague Matt Mathers has more details:

Prince Harry and Meghan less popular than Andrew among over 65s, new poll says

Spare ghostwriter posts quotes in apparent defence of Prince Harry

Thursday 12 January 2023 20:59 , Andy Gregory

The ghostwriter of Spare, JR Moehringer has appeared to defend Harry amid online fact-checking of Spare, posting a series of quotes about memory and fact – including two from the duke.

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In another, Harry says: “Whatever the cause, my memory is my memory, it does what it does, gathers and curates as it sees fit, and there’s just as much truth in what I remember and how I remember it as there is in so-called objective facts.”

Readers flag four discrepancies in Prince Harry’s memoir Spare

Thursday 12 January 2023 19:22 , Andy Gregory

From Prince Harry’s revelation he shopped at department TK Maxx’s “once-a-year sales” to being gifted an Xbox for his 13th birthday, my colleague Maanya Sachdeva has compiled four discrepancies in Harry’s new book, flagged by readers:

Readers flag four discrepancies in Prince Harry’s memoir Spare

Spare goes on display next to book named How to Kill Your Family

Thursday 12 January 2023 18:54 , Andy Gregory

Prince Harry’s controversial memoir, Spare, was put on display beside a novel titled, How to Kill Your Family, reports my colleague Mary-Kate Findon.

Bert’s Books in Swindon went viral after they shared a picture of their “cheeky” display on Twitter.

Owner Alex Call told Sky News that Bella Mackie’s book was already in their window as it was their top seller of 2022.

“We thought it would be quite funny to put it next to Spare and would be quite light-hearted and make a few people smile,” he said.

Prince William questioned over Spare during first public appearance

Thursday 12 January 2023 18:02 , Andy Gregory

Prince William and the Princess of Wales have been making their first public appearances today since the publication of Spare.

Following a visit to the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital, the couple travelled to the Open Door Charity in nearby Birkenhead, an organisation supporting the mental health of young adults across Merseyside using culture and creativity.

They ignored a Harry-related question shouted by the media as they arrived and William did not acknowledge a question asked by a broadcaster as the couple made their way to their chauffeur-driven car after the visit, which asked: “Your Royal Highness, have you had a chance to read your brother's book?”

Today’s royal visit to the Open Door Charity (Getty Images)
Today’s royal visit to the Open Door Charity (Getty Images)

Prince Harry reveals sentimental meaning of necklace he claims Prince William ‘ripped’ during fight

Thursday 12 January 2023 17:05 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry has revealed the sentimental charms he wears on the necklace that his brother Prince William allegedly broke during a 2019 physical altercation between the siblings.

In his memoir Spare, the Duke of Sussex claimed that his older brother once allegedly attacked him during an argument over Meghan Markle.

“It all happened so fast. So very fast. He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor,” Harry wrote in the memoir, which was released Tuesday 10 January.

The royal was asked about the necklace in question during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, with the royal revealing that the jewellery has since been fixed.

Harry reveals sentimental meaning of necklace he claims William ‘ripped’

‘Wow’: Prince Harry received ‘cold-blooded’ Christmas present from Princess Margaret

Thursday 12 January 2023 16:45 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry recalls his relationship with his late great aunt, Princess Margaret, in his new memoir Spare.

The Duke of Sussex’s tell-all memoir that details family feuds, adolescent rebellion and the inner workings of the royal family, has officially been released today (10 January), after being leaked five days prior.

In it, Harry discusses his relationship with his great aunt, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II’s sister who died in 2002.

Recalling his early memories of “Aunt Margo”, Prince Harry explains that he felt “nothing for her, except a bit of pity and a lot of jumpiness”.

‘Wow’: Prince Harry received ‘cold-blooded’ Christmas present from Princess Margaret

Prince Harry reveals how Diana’s perfume helped him cope with her death

Thursday 12 January 2023 16:15 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry has revealed how the smell of Princess Diana’s perfume helped him cope with her death.

In his new memoir, Spare, which came out on 10 January, the Duke of Sussex expressed his feeling of grief after his mother died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, at the age of 36. Harry was 12 years old at the time of Diana’s death.

He went on to note how his therapist urged him to reflect on what he remembered about his mother, including “bedtimes in Kensington Palace,” when he’d go from “inhaling her perfume” to then “lying in bed”.

“We’re breaking through,” Harry’s therapist told him. “Let’s not stop there.”

Amber Raiken has more:

Prince Harry reveals how Diana’s perfume helped him cope with her death

Prince and Princess of Wales make first public appearance since release of Spare

Thursday 12 January 2023 15:42 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Prince and Princess of Wales made their first public appearance since the Duke of Sussex’s tell-all memoir, smiling despite the controversy as they opened a leading hospital.

Harry’s fraught relationship with William and Kate is exposed in Spare which has become the fastest selling non fiction book in history, while a poll has found Harry’s popularity has dropped since its publication.

The couple toured the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital and smiled, joked and posed for a large number of selfies with NHS staff they thanked for their efforts during the winter months.

When they first arrived, a man shouting appeared to say: “Do you ever plan to comment on Harry’s book sir?”

They ignored the question and, after being welcomed by senior figures from the hospital, began their tour of the critical care ward, meeting nurses and other staff looking after seriously ill patients.

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Readers flag 4 discrepancies in Prince Harry’s memoir Spare

Thursday 12 January 2023 15:20 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever and has sparked debate around the world.

The English-language edition of the unflinching autobiography, which was ghostwritten by JR Moehringer, sold more than 1.4 million copies on its release day, the book’s publisher Penguin Random House announced on Thursday (12 January).

While the book contains several surprising revelations and startling claims about the royal family, some experts and fans have also uncovered a handful of small inaccuracies in Spare.

Moehringer on Thursday appeared to defend Harry amid online fact-checking of Spare, posting a quotes about memory and fact – including two from the duke.

Maanya Sachdeva has more:

Readers flag 4 discrepancies in Prince Harry’s memoir Spare

JR Moehringer grew up with a love of The Prince and the Pauper. Now he’s written Prince Harry’s memoir

Thursday 12 January 2023 15:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry’s ghostwriter, JR Moehringer, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning features writer whose own memoir about his absent father was adapted into a George Clooney-directed film.

Now he’s turned his hand to ferreting out the most intimate details of royal life and familial intrigue, writes Sheila Flynn.

JR Moehringer, the ghostwriter who helped Prince Harry tell his story

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare ‘is being shared for free on Whatsapp’

Thursday 12 January 2023 14:40 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry’s new memoir Spare is reportedly being shared on WhatsApp for free.

The Duke of Sussex’s book, released on Tuesday, has already become the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever, according to its publishers Transworld Penguin Random House.

But a number of Twitter users have said they have been sent a PDF of the memoir on the social messaging app, potentially costing the prince lost sales, and it is not uncommon for books to be shared on illegal torrenting sites after publication.

Lucy Skoulding reports:

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare ‘is being shared for free on Whatsapp’

Prince Harry condemns ‘dangerous lie’ that he ‘boasted’ about Taliban kills

Thursday 12 January 2023 14:20 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry has denied boasting about killing 25 Taliban troopers while serving as a soldier, as he cautioned against a “very dangerous” spin about his memoir.

Protests were sparked by Spare, which on Tuesday (10 January) became the UK’s fastest-selling non-fiction book, due to Harry writing he had engaged in “the taking of human lives” while serving as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan.

“So, my number is 25. It’s not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but nor does it embarrass me,” he wrote.

The 38-year-old told Stephen Colbert it had been “hurtful and challenging” watching the reactions following the book’s publication.

Peony Hirwani has more:

Prince Harry condemns ‘dangerous lie’ that he ‘boasted’ about Taliban kills

Panic attacks, princes and the press: 5 of the most revealing takeaways from Harry’s memoir Spare

Thursday 12 January 2023 13:55 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Unplanned leaks last week gave us an early insight into what would be discussed, but the book can now be read as a whole, Roison O’Connor writes.

Ghostwritten by JR Moehringer, the book is a timeline of sorts; it charts Harry’s younger years, including his memories of his late mother, Diana, along with his struggles dealing with press intrusion, dating while in the public eye, and his years serving in Afghanistan.

Later, he details his first dates with Meghan Markle and the growing tensions between him and his older brother William, now Prince of Wales.

In between the louder moments – the press scandals, tears and even allegations of physical fights – are poignant or, arguably, more revealing recollections.

The Duke of Sussex is frank about how multiple labels – “thicko”, “naughty”, “cheat” – affected his sense of identity, both as an individual and as the “Spare to the Heir”.

5 of the most revealing takeaways from Harry’s memoir Spare

Prince Harry jokes about virginity story with Tom Bradby in ITV interview

Thursday 12 January 2023 13:35 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry poked fun at interviewer Tom Bradby after the ITV journalist attempted to bring up the story of how the royal lost his virginity.

Leaked excerpts from the Duke of Sussex’s forthcoming memoir Spare included an account of how he had sex for the first time with an older woman behind a pub.

The book outlines how one of the royal family’s bodyguards, Marko, paid him a visit when he was still a pupil at Eton College in Windsor and told the Prince he had been sent to “find out the truth”.

Read more from Roison O’Connor here:

Prince Harry jokes about virginity story with Tom Bradby

TK Maxx denies Prince Harry’s claim about shopping retailer’s annual sales

Thursday 12 January 2023 13:15 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

TK Maxx denied Prince Harry’s claim about shopping at the retailer during its yearly sales, which he mentioned in his new memoir, Spare.

In his book, which was released on 10 January, the Duke of Sussex reflected on buying from TK Maxx during their “once-a-year sale”. However, TK Maxx has now responded to the royal’s claim, noting that its stores don’t “do sales”.

“Whilst we’re delighted Prince Harry is a big fan, we thought we should explain we don’t actually do sales,” a spokesperson for the brand told Express. “Instead, we offer great value, style, and savings all year round.”

The response from TK Maxx - which is known as TJ Maxx in the US - comes after Harry made claims about how much he loves buying his daily attire from the department store.

Amber Raiken has more:

TK Maxx denies Prince Harry’s claim about shopping retailer’s annual sales

Why is the wicked stepmother trope still thriving in 2023?

Thursday 12 January 2023 12:55 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

As Prince Harry levels a series of criticisms against Camilla Parker Bowles in his bombshell memoir, Olivia Petter examines the origins of an archaic fairytale trope, and whether it’s fair to apply it to the Queen Consort:

Why is the wicked stepmother trope still thriving in 2023?

JR Moehringer grew up with a love of The Prince and the Pauper. Now he’s written Prince Harry’s memoir

Thursday 12 January 2023 12:44 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry’s ghostwriter, JR Moehringer, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning features writer whose own memoir about his absent father was adapted into a George Clooney-directed film.

Now he’s turned his hand to ferreting out the most intimate details of royal life and familial intrigue, writes Sheila Flynn.

JR Moehringer, the ghostwriter who helped Prince Harry tell his story

Prince Harry fans saddened over claim he never hugged his grandmother: ‘Where is the family love?’

Thursday 12 January 2023 12:35 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry has drawn sympathy for claiming in his record-breaking book Spare that he was never able to hug his grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The Duke of Sussex’s highly-anticipated memoir finally hit shelves on Tuesday, 10 January. Just hours after the autobiography was released, more than 400,000 copies were sold in the UK, making Spare the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever.

The 38-year-old royal has shared many shocking revelations about the royal family in his new book, including an alleged fight between himself and his brother, Prince William; his emotional struggle after the death of his mother, Princess Diana; and the last words he said to Queen Elizabeth after she died in September.

Meredith Clark has more:

Prince Harry fans saddened over claim he never hugged his grandmother

From ‘racist’ royal to Afghan killings - three times Harry appeared to change his tune

Thursday 12 January 2023 12:15 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry has not held back in his candid memoir Spare, which finally went on sale this week after copies leaked early.

The ghostwritten autobiography has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever after hitting shelves on Tuesday, as the Duke of Sussex chronicles everything from family strife to personal trauma.

Many of the most notable extracts were plastered across news sites and front pages in the days leading up to its official release, thanks to a series of leaks and the 416-page tome being accidentally released early in Spain.

Andy Gregory reports:

‘Racist’ royal to Afghan killings – three times Harry appeared to change his tune

King Charles all smiles in first public engagement after Harry’s withering memoir Spare

Thursday 12 January 2023 11:56 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

King Charles is out on his first official engagement since Prince Harry’s withering memoir Spare was released this week.

The monarch is visiting a community shed project in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire in Scotland this morning.

It comes two days after his youngest son’s memoir became the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time, according to its publisher, Transworld Penguin Random House.

King Charles all smiles in first public engagement after Harry’s withering book Spare

King Charles III all smiles on first royal engagement since release of Harry’s tell-all memoir

Thursday 12 January 2023 11:37 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

King Charles III was smiling and shaking hands of wellwishers this morning on his first royal engagement since Prince Harry’s memoir Spare was released.

The king met with local hardship support groups in Aboyne and Mid Deeside Community Shed in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, where he also toured the new facilities.

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Prince Harry’s memoir Spare sells over 1.4 million copies on first day

Thursday 12 January 2023 11:28 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The English-language edition of Prince Harry’s unflinching memoir Spare sold more than 1.4 million copies on its release day, the book’s publisher has announced.

The book was released by Penguin Random House on Tuesday (10 January), five days after it was leaked in Spain.

The publishing company said that the book’s English language edition sold over 1,430,000 units –including print and digital formats – in the United States, Canada and the UK on the first day it hit bookshelves.

The autobiography was ghostwritten by Pulitzer Prize winner JR Moehringer, and contains several startling revelations about the prince’s relationship with the royal family.

Maanya Sachdeva has more:

Prince Harry’s book hits ‘extraordinary’ sales figures on day one

The Bee, the Fly and the Wasp: All of the codenames and nicknames used by Prince Harry in Spare

Thursday 12 January 2023 11:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare was published on Tuesday (10 January) to much fanfare.

In it, the Duke of Sussex describes intimate details of his personal life and the inner workings of the royal family. He also uses a number of cryptic codenames and affectionate nicknames to describe everybody from bodyguards to members of the paparazzi.

Read the piece by Ellie Muir to find out all of the codenames and nicknames used in Prince Harry’s new memoir Spare:

All of the codenames and nicknames used by Prince Harry in Spare

Prince Harry reveals how Diana’s perfume helped him cope with her death

Thursday 12 January 2023 10:35 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry has revealed how the smell of Princess Diana’s perfume helped him cope with her death.

In his new memoir, Spare, which came out on 10 January, the Duke of Sussex expressed his feeling of grief after his mother died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, at the age of 36. Harry was 12 years old at the time of Diana’s death.

He went on to note how his therapist urged him to reflect on what he remembered about his mother, including “bedtimes in Kensington Palace,” when he’d go from “inhaling her perfume” to then “lying in bed”.

Read the full story by Amber Raiken here:

Prince Harry reveals how Diana’s perfume helped him cope with her death

He grew up with an absent dad and a love of The Prince and the Pauper. Now he’s written Prince Harry’s memoir

Thursday 12 January 2023 10:15 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Prince Harry’s ghostwriter, JR Moehringer, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning features writer whose own memoir about his absent father was adapted into a George Clooney-directed film. Now he’s turned his hand to ferreting out the most intimate details of royal life and familial intrigue, writes Sheila Flynn

He grew up loving The Prince and the Pauper. Now he’s ghostwritten Harry’s memoir

ICYMI: TK Maxx denies Prince Harry’s claim about shopping retailer’s annual sales

Thursday 12 January 2023 09:50 , Maroosha Muzaffar

TK Maxx denied Prince Harry’s claim about shopping at the retailer during its yearly sales, which he mentioned in his new memoir, Spare.

In his book, which was released on 10 January, the Duke of Sussex reflected on buying from TK Maxx during their “once-a-year sale”. However, TK Maxx has now responded to the royal’s claim, noting that its stores don’t “do sales”.

“Whilst we’re delighted Prince Harry is a big fan, we thought we should explain we don’t actually do sales,” a spokesperson for the brand told Express. “Instead, we offer great value, style, and savings all year round.”

The response from TK Maxx - which is known as TJ Maxx in the US - comes after Harry made claims about how much he loves buying his daily attire from the department store.

Read the full story by Amber Raiken here:

TK Maxx denies Prince Harry’s claim about shopping retailer’s annual sales

ICYMI: Piers Morgan clashes with Trisha Goddard over Prince Harry racism claim denial

Thursday 12 January 2023 09:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Piers Morgan furiously offered Trisha Goddard his own definition of racism as the pair discussed the Duke of Sussex’s denial that he called the royal family racist.

During an ITV interview with Tom Bradby, Prince Harry addressed the Duchess of Sussex’s claims that a family member had expressed “concerns” about the colour of their son Archie’s skin.

The duke denied he had accused the royal family of racism, clarifying: “The British press said that.”

After Ms Goddard said she was “fed up” of white people defining what racism is to Black people, Mr Morgan offered his own definition.

Watch the video here:

Piers Morgan clashes with Trisha Goddard over Prince Harry racism claim denial

Review: Spare by Prince Harry: A chaotic but stylish memoir that sets fire to the royal family

Thursday 12 January 2023 09:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

This book doesn’t so much lift the curtain on private royal life than rip it off and shake out its contents. But it’s also richly detailed and at times beautifully written; if Harry is going to set fire to his family, he has at least done it with some style.

Read the review by Lucy Pavia here:

Spare by Prince Harry sets fire to the royal family with style – review

ICYMI: Prince Harry recalls ‘painfully awkward’ first kiss with Cressida Bonas in memoir

Thursday 12 January 2023 08:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Prince Harry has recalled his “painfully awkward” first kiss with Cressida Bonas in his memoir Spare.

On Tuesday (10 January), the Duke of Sussex’s long-awaited autobiography finally hit the shelves. In the book, Harry details how he came to meet Meghan Markle, as well as his past relationships.

These include the late Caroline Flack and actor Bonas, who he was introduced to by Princess Eugenie and dated from 2012 to 2014.

Read the full story by Isobel Lewis here:

Prince Harry recalls ‘painfully awkward’ first kiss with Cressida Bonas in memoir

King Charles reportedly 'planning on inviting Harry and Meghan to coronation'

Thursday 12 January 2023 08:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

King Charles III is reportedly planning on inviting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to his coronation in May.

The 74-year-old monarch will be crowned in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

A royal expert believes that Prince Harry, who has been openly critical of his father in his new autobiography Spare, will be invited to the occasion with his wife Meghan Markle.

“My sources close to the king say that he will be extending that olive branch and will be inviting Meghan and Harry to the coronation,” Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight.

Watch the video here:

King Charles reportedly 'planning on inviting Harry and Meghan to coronation'

King Charles would be ‘furious’ over Harry’s ‘deeply insulting’ nicknames for private secretaries

Thursday 12 January 2023 07:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

King Charles would be “furious” over “derogatory” nicknames for private secretaries used in Prince Harry’s memoir Spare, a royal biographer has claimed.

In the book, the Duke of Sussex refers to three “courtiers” nicknamed The Bee, The Fly and The Wasp who would be “easily identifiable” by royal insiders as private secretaries of the senior royals at the time.

Harry writes in the book: “I’d spent my life dealing with courtiers, scores of them. But now I dealt mostly with just three, all middle-aged white men who’d managed to consolidate power through a series of bold Machiavellian manoeuvres.

Read the full story by Thomas Kingsley here:

Charles would be ‘furious’ over Harry’s ‘deeply insulting’ nicknames for secretaries

The most revealing takeaways from memoir

Thursday 12 January 2023 07:00 , Jane Dalton

In between the louder moments – the press scandals, tears and even allegations of physical fights – are poignant or, arguably, more revealing recollections. Roisin O’Connor looks at five of them:

5 of the most revealing takeaways from Harry’s memoir Spare

Prince Harry fans saddened over claim he never hugged his grandmother: ‘Where is the family love?’

Thursday 12 January 2023 06:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Prince Harry has drawn sympathy for claiming in his record-breaking book Spare that he was never able to hug his grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The Duke of Sussex’s highly-anticipated memoir finally hit shelves on Tuesday, 10 January. Just hours after the autobiography was released, more than 400,000 copies were sold in the UK, making Spare the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever.

Read the full story by Meredith Clark here:

Prince Harry fans saddened over claim he never hugged his grandmother

Harry revelations 'could fuel change in royal households’

Thursday 12 January 2023 06:00 , Jane Dalton

A historian has said he thinks the UK needs some kind of reset over its relationship with the monarchy, “and we need to think carefully about what the monarchy is, what role it plays in society”:

Dish from Harry, one of their own, could fuel royal change

Voices: The Bee, The Fly and The Wasp: Harry’s acid outburst against the grey men in the palace

Thursday 12 January 2023 05:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Dedicated public servants or lower than vermin? Harry goes low...

Read the piece by Sean O'Grady here:

Harry’s acid outburst against the grey men in the palace | Sean O’Grady

He grew up with an absent dad and a love of The Prince and the Pauper. Now he’s written Prince Harry’s memoir

Thursday 12 January 2023 05:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Prince Harry’s ghostwriter, JR Moehringer, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning features writer whose own memoir about his absent father was adapted into a George Clooney-directed film. Now he’s turned his hand to ferreting out the most intimate details of royal life and familial intrigue, writes Sheila Flynn:

He grew up loving The Prince and the Pauper. Now he’s ghostwritten Harry’s memoir

Piers Morgan has proven himself Meghan Markle’s greatest fan

Thursday 12 January 2023 04:30 , Jane Dalton

If “fan” stems from the word “fanatic”, that seems a good description of the presenter’s behaviour, writes Katie Edwards:

Opinion: Piers Morgan has proven himself Meghan Markle’s greatest fan

King Charles carried ‘pitiful teddy bear’ with him everywhere, Prince Harry says

Thursday 12 January 2023 04:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

King Charles apparently carried a teddy bear around with him everywhere, according to Prince Harry writing in his new book, Spare.

Remembering seeing his father with the teddy while he was growing up, Harry said the bear was “pitiful” with “broken arms and dangly threads”.

It’s believed the bear was from Charles’ days at boarding school Gordonstoun in Scotland, where he was badly bullied, but it’s unknown if he still takes the toy around with him.

Read the full story by Lucy Skoulding here:

King Charles carried ‘pitiful teddy bear’ everywhere Prince Harry says

TK Maxx denies Prince Harry’s claim about shopping retailer’s annual sales

Thursday 12 January 2023 03:33 , Maroosha Muzaffar

TK Maxx denied Prince Harry’s claim about shopping at the retailer during its yearly sales, which he mentioned in his new memoir, Spare.

In his book, which was released on 10 January, the Duke of Sussex reflected on buying from TK Maxx during their “once-a-year sale”. However, TK Maxx has now responded to the royal’s claim, noting that its stores don’t “do sales”.

“Whilst we’re delighted Prince Harry is a big fan, we thought we should explain we don’t actually do sales,” a spokesperson for the brand told Express. “Instead, we offer great value, style, and savings all year round.”

The response from TK Maxx - which is known as TJ Maxx in the US - comes after Harry made claims about how much he loves buying his daily attire from the department store.

Read the full story by Amber Raiken here:

TK Maxx denies Prince Harry’s claim about shopping retailer’s annual sales

Clarkson has the right to say what he wants about Meghan, says culture secretary

Thursday 12 January 2023 03:25 , Jane Dalton

The culture secretary has defended Jeremy Clarkson’s right to free speech when asked about the presenter’s much-criticised comments regarding Meghan Markle.

Clarkson wrote that he loathed the Duchess of Sussex “on a cellular level” and wanted people to “throw lumps of excrement” at her.

Culture Secretary says Jeremy Clarkson can ‘say what he wants’ about Meghan Markle

Memoir fails to excite Australians

Thursday 12 January 2023 02:15 , Jane Dalton

There was no great rush to buy the autobiography in bookshops in Melbourne and Sydney, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

“I feel like maybe people are kind of sick of him now because he has been selling his story a lot already,” one shopper said.

Opinion: Tragedy of King and his warring sons is Shakespearean

Thursday 12 January 2023 01:05 , Jane Dalton

You have to wonder whether Charles has had some intimation of the Lear-like quality of what has engulfed him and his still-young reign, writes Sean O’Grady.

Like King Lear, based on an elderly mythical king of Britain, and his three daughters Goneril, Regan and the pure Cordelia, Charles sought from his offspring their love, loyalty and respect.

The Shakespearean tragedy of King Charles and his warring sons | Sean O’Grady

Prince Harry recalls first kiss with Cressida Bonas

Wednesday 11 January 2023 23:50 , Jane Dalton

ICYMI: Prince Harry has recalled his “painfully awkward” first kiss with Cressida Bonas in his memoir Spare:

Prince Harry recalls ‘painfully awkward’ first kiss with Cressida Bonas in memoir

King ‘planning to invite Harry and Meghan to coronation’

Wednesday 11 January 2023 22:20 , Jane Dalton

King Charles is reportedly planning on inviting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to his coronation in May:

King Charles reportedly 'planning on inviting Harry and Meghan to coronation'

Three times Harry appeared to change his tune

Wednesday 11 January 2023 20:50 , Jane Dalton

Prince Harry has hit out at the media’s portrayal of multiple allegations he and the Duchess of Sussex have made, apparently changing tack in response, writes Andrew Gregory:

‘Racist’ royal to Afghan killings - three times Harry appeared to change his tune

TK Maxx denies Harry’s claim about shopping in its annual sale

Wednesday 11 January 2023 20:29 , Jane Dalton

Bargains chain TK Maxx has denied Prince Harry’s claim about shopping there during its yearly sales, saying its stores don’t “do sales”.

TK Maxx denies Prince Harry’s claim about shopping retailer’s annual sales

King carried ‘pitiful teddy bear with him everywhere'

Wednesday 11 January 2023 19:55 , Jane Dalton

King Charles apparently carried a teddy bear around with him everywhere, according to Prince Harry. It’s believed the bear was from Charles’ days at boarding school:

King Charles carried ‘pitiful teddy bear’ everywhere Prince Harry says

Memoir ghostwriter loved The Prince and the Pauper as a child

Wednesday 11 January 2023 19:15 , Jane Dalton

Prince Harry’s ghostwriter, JR Moehringer, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning features writer whose own memoir about his absent father was adapted into a George Clooney-directed film.

Now he’s turned his hand to ferreting out the most intimate details of royal life and familial intrigue, writes Sheila Flynn:

He grew up loving The Prince and the Pauper. Now he’s ghostwritten Harry’s memoir

Opinion: Harry’s acid outburst against the grey men in the palace

Wednesday 11 January 2023 18:44 , Jane Dalton

The royal establishment are reluctant to engage Harry in the discussions about “accountability” he’s demanding, for fear of everything being leaked all over again – the very sort of dishonourable behaviour he’s accusing everyone else of:

Harry’s acid outburst against the grey men in the palace | Sean O’Grady

Harry fans saddened over claim he never hugged his grandmother

Wednesday 11 January 2023 18:12 , Jane Dalton

Prince Harry has drawn sympathy for claiming in he was never able to hug his grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth.

“This is the saddest thing I’ve ever heard,” said one person:

Prince Harry fans saddened over claim he never hugged his grandmother

Harry and William: 7 of the pettiest moments between ‘the Heir and the Spare’

Wednesday 11 January 2023 17:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry’s memoir became the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever on its first day of publication, thanks in part to the excruciating details about the long-running feud with his older brother, William.

Early reports suggesting the Duke of Sussex would come down particularly hard on the heir to the throne have now been confirmed, as the book documents how sibling rivalry was sharpened into all-out war.

Harry frequently documents the disparities in how he and his brother were treated from a young age, right down to the decor of their childhood bedroom at Balmoral. Here are the most glaring instances of the rivalry, from squabbles to alleged physical fights.

Roison O’Connor has more:

Harold vs Willy: 7 of the pettiest moments between ‘Heir and Spare’

Prince Harry says silence is ‘least effective’ way to deal with ‘painful elements of war’ amid Taliban claim

Wednesday 11 January 2023 16:35 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry has spoken candidly about his decision to include excerpts in his memoir about his time in the military and the lives he took, with the Duke of Sussex revealing that “detailing” his experiences helps him on his “healing journey”.

In his memoir Spare, which was released on 10 January, the duke opened up about his two tours of Afghanistan, and “precisely how many enemy combatants” he’d killed.

“So, my number: Twenty-five. It wasn’t a number that gave me any satisfaction. But neither was it a number that made me feel ashamed,” he wrote. “Naturally, I’d have preferred not to have that number on my military CV, on my mind, but by the same token I’d have preferred to live in a world in which there was no Taliban, a world without war.”

Chelsea Ritschel has more:

Prince Harry explains why he shared Taliban kill number in Spare

From ‘racist’ royal to Afghan killings - three times Prince Harry appeared to change his tune

Wednesday 11 January 2023 16:13 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry has not held back in his candid memoir Spare, which finally went on sale this week after copies leaked early.

The ghostwritten autobiography has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever after hitting shelves on Tuesday, as the Duke of Sussex chronicles everything from family strife to personal trauma.

Many of the most notable extracts were plastered across news sites and front pages in the days leading up to its official release, thanks to a series of leaks and the 416-page tome being accidentally released early in Spain.

Andy Gregory has more:

‘Racist’ royal to Afghan killings - three times Harry appeared to change his tune

Spare by Prince Harry: A chaotic but stylish memoir that sets fire to the royal family

Wednesday 11 January 2023 15:43 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

“You might feel as if you’ve already read Prince Harry’s memoir Spare by now. The virginity lost to a stallion trainer behind a pub. The dog bowl-smashing, necklace-ripping tussle with William. The constant calling out of his family briefing the press.

“This book doesn’t so much lift the curtain on private royal life than rip it off and shake out its contents. But it’s also richly detailed and at times beautifully written; if Harry is going to set fire to his family, he has at least done it with some style.”

Lucy Pavia reviews Prince Harry’s new book:

Spare by Prince Harry sets fire to the royal family with style – review

Meghan Markle’s tailor speaks out about Princess of Wales bridesmaid dress row

Wednesday 11 January 2023 15:23 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Meghan Markle’s tailor Ajay Mirpuri has spoken out about the row over the bridesmaid dresses between the Duchess of Sussex and Princess of Wales.

In his memoir, Spare, Prince Harry revealed the text exchange between his wife and Kate Middleton about the infamous Givenchy bridesmaid dresses for his and Meghan’s 2018 wedding.

Harry recalled that Meghan received a text from Kate about the dresses needing to be altered.

He claimed that Meghan told Kate that their tailor, Mirpuri, would be making his way to the Kensington Palace. However, he claimed that this response “wasn’t sufficient”, before sharing the alleged text conversation between the two women.

Peony Hirwani has more:

Meghan Markle’s tailor speaks out about Princess of Wales bridesmaid dress row

Prince Harry says press and public attention to Meghan was means to ‘break her'

Wednesday 11 January 2023 14:59 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Duke of Sussex has said he believed press and public fascination with him and his wife was a way to make her leave and to “break her”.

Harry told Stephen Colbert on CBS’s The Late Show: “We moved to California and for 12 months during lockdown where we said literally nothing - it was relentless.

“They always knew my wife was going to leave (the UK) because of the way they were abusing her.”

Harry then joked with the audience that the interview felt like “group therapy” after being asked whether the press fascination was designed to make Meghan Markle leave the UK or break her.

Eventually, the duke said he felt like it was “both”.

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King Charles would be ‘furious’ over Harry’s ‘deeply insulting’ nicknames for private secretaries

Wednesday 11 January 2023 14:37 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Exclusive: A royal biographer claims the nicknames are unfair to the likely public servants in question who are unable to defend themselves.

Thomas Kingsley reports:

Charles would be ‘furious’ over Harry’s ‘deeply insulting’ nicknames for secretaries

Prince Harry praises Dutch and Norwegian royal families for standing against racism: ‘It is huge’

Wednesday 11 January 2023 14:05 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry has candidly praised the Dutch royal family and the Norwegian royal family for their work in combating racism and addressing unconscious bias.

The Duke of Sussex applauded Willem-Alexander, the King of the Netherlands, and Harald V, the King of Norway, for “leading by example” during an ABC special “Prince Harry: In His Own Words” with Michael Strahan on Monday 9 January.

During the conversation, which aired on the eve of the release of Prince Harry’s memoir Spare, the duke criticised the British press for its treatment of his wife Meghan Markle, while noting the steps the other monarchs have taken to condemn such behaviour in their respective countries.

Prince Harry praises Dutch and Norwegian royal families for standing against racism

Spare review roundup: Critics remark on ‘chaotic’ yet emotional outpour from Prince Harry

Wednesday 11 January 2023 13:50 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry’s highly anticipated memoir that lifts the lid on his personal life and the inner workings of the royal family has been released today (10 January) to critics who describe the book as “absurd”, “chaotic” and “emotionally charged.”

The 416-page ghost-written autobiography, Spare, is the Duke of Sussex’s first book. Its contents, which are well-known by now, cover everything from family feuds to Harry’s virginity story and penile frostbite. It comes after Harry completes his confessional tour between TV broadcasters (ITV, CNN, ABC) to promote the book that addresses his claims in greater detail.

Ellie Muir reports:

Critics remark on ‘chaotic’ yet emotional outpour from Prince Harry in memoir ‘Spare’

‘Wow’: Prince Harry received ‘cold-blooded’ Christmas present from Princess Margaret

Wednesday 11 January 2023 13:35 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Harry recalls his relationship with his late great aunt, Princess Margaret, in his new memoir Spare.

The Duke of Sussex’s tell-all memoir that details family feuds, adolescent rebellion and the inner workings of the royal family, has officially been released today (10 January), after being leaked five days prior.

In it, Harry discusses his relationship with his great aunt, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II’s sister who died in 2002.

Recalling his early memories of “Aunt Margo”, Prince Harry explains that he felt “nothing for her, except a bit of pity and a lot of jumpiness”.

‘Wow’: Prince Harry received ‘cold-blooded’ Christmas present from Princess Margaret

Harry says writing his memoir made him feel the ‘most vulnerable’ he has ever been

Wednesday 11 January 2023 13:22 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Duke of Sussex told Stephen Colbert on CBS’s The Late Show he has been the “most vulnerable I have ever been in my life” by writing his memoir Spare.

Harry told the presenter he also believed he saw his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, “a handful of times” after her death.

Speaking about his mother, the duke said: “For many years I had dreams - I was convinced she was still alive.”

Asked if he thought he had seen her in certain places, Harry replied: “Only a handful of times.”

The duke then said society at large was “not exactly encouraged to grieve”, before adding: “I, through this book, have been the most vulnerable I have ever been in my life - and I’ve never felt stronger.”

 (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)
(The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)

Harry recalls Meghan’s seven-word retort to William amid tense ‘Fab Four’ meeting

Wednesday 11 January 2023 13:17 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Meghan Markle and Prince William reportedly found themselves in a row after the Duchess of Sussex made a comment about the Princess of Wales’ hormones.

The alleged encounter is among the moments detailed in Prince Harry’s memoir Spare, released today (10 January). The ghost-written autobiography accidentally went on sale in Spain five days prior to the official release, while pages of the memoir were leaked to various media outlets.

In it, Prince Harry claims that his wife asked William to get his finger out of her face during a heated argument.x

Ellie Muir has more:

Harry recalls Meghan’s seven-word retort to William amid tense ‘Fab Four’ meeting

King Charles carried ‘pitiful teddy bear’ with him everywhere, Prince Harry says

Wednesday 11 January 2023 13:03 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

King Charles apparently carried a teddy bear around with him everywhere, according to Prince Harry writing in his new book, Spare.

Remembering seeing his father with the teddy while he was growing up, Harry said the bear was “pitiful” with “broken arms and dangly threads”.

It’s believed the bear was from Charles’ days at boarding school Gordonstoun in Scotland, where he was badly bullied, but it’s unknown if he still takes the toy around with him.

Lucy Skoulding has more:

King Charles carried ‘pitiful teddy bear’ everywhere Prince Harry says

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Tailor says he did not see Kate and Meghan argue ahead of royal wedding

Wednesday 11 January 2023 12:35 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The tailor who fixed the bridesmaid dresses that sparked a row between the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Sussex ahead of the royal wedding has said he did not witness any argument between the two women.

Ajay Mirpuri, who runs Mirpuri Bespoke tailors in London’s West End, was called in by Meghan and the Duke of Sussex four days before their May 2018 nuptials to mend six ill-fitting Givenchy dresses.

Initial reports had suggested Kate was in tears over the incident, but Harry’s account in his memoir Spare says it was Meghan who was left “sobbing on the floor”.

Mr Mirpuri told the PA news agency: “I did not see it. Any wedding on whatever level is always stressful, especially the lead up to it, and this was no different. But everyone was very friendly, very co-operative, and it was an honour to be asked to serve.”

He and a team of three others worked for three consecutive days at Kensington Palace and Windsor Castle until 4am each morning as they mended the dresses, which had been hand-sewn from measurements taken at a single fitting.

“We had done work for Harry and Meghan before and we just had a request from a PA saying ‘Can you come in and take a look?’, and that is exactly what we did,” Mr Mirpuri said.

“The issue was the sizing but I don’t know anything prior to that. Givenchy is a fantastic brand and I can’t say anything about what had happened before. We were just brought in to try to fix a challenge, and that’s what we did.”

Watch: Top takeaways from Prince Harry's ITV interview

Wednesday 11 January 2023 11:46 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Extract after extract from Prince Harry’s memoir Spare flooded news cycles last week, after it was leaked in Spain five days before its official release date.

This came to a head on Sunday (8 January), when the Duke of Sussex’s highly anticipated interview with ITV host Tom Bradby was aired.

The conversation, lasting almost two hours, included Harry narrating controversial and startling excerpts from the book which, according to one royal biographer, “could mark the beginning of the end” of the monarchy.

Here the Independent looks at the stand out moments from Harry: The Interview (ITVX).

Prince Harry interview: Top moments from royal tell-all