Prince Harry causes commotion with new book ‘Spare’


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Book display featuring “Spare”

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief

On Jan. 10, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, published his first novel, a memoir titled “Spare,” which is an introspective look into Harry’s life starting from his childhood, ghost-written by J.R. Moehringer.

“Spare” has broken major records in the realm of book sales, as it has quickly become the fastest-selling nonfiction novel of all time, with over 3.2 million copies sold just within the first week.

Some may think the book’s popularity has to do with the quality of the writing or the contents of his stories; however, those ideas appear to be wrong.

Since “Spare’s” release, the public has ridiculed this book for its unpleasant graphic descriptions and seemingly immature approach to story-telling.

Royal correspondent Sean Coughlan of BBC News described Prince Harry’s memoir as the “weirdest book ever written by a royal.”

Most of the commotion from “Spare” derives from pure shock factor. Through this book, readers see another side of Prince Harry that would have never been expected due to how the media have portrayed his life in the past.

“Prince Harry’s memoir, ‘Spare,’ is part confession, part rant and part love letter,” Coughlan said. “In places it feels like the longest angry drunk text ever sent.”