‘Spare’ Widely Expected to Be “More Inflammatory” Than Netflix Docuseries

The 416-page book hits shelves two weeks from today.

Prince Harry
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It seems the intense pop culture spotlight—and some might say attacks—aimed at the royal family are coming about one every month these days: The Crown season five on Netflix in November. Harry & Meghan, the couple’s six part-docuseries that also aired on Netflix, in December. And, yet to come, Spare, Prince Harry’s forthcoming memoir, which hits shelves January 10 (with a preceding interview with Anderson Cooper two days prior on January 8).

And, while the general consensus is that The Crown and Harry & Meghan were lighter hits than perhaps expected, OK reports that Spare “will be even more damaging to the monarchy.”

Citing a report from The Times, the outlet reports the tell-all “is widely expected to be even more inflammatory than the couple’s [Harry & Meghan] Netflix series.” The book—published by Penguin Random House—apparently “includes claims about the monarchy that are more incendiary than those made in the Netflix series.”

The 416-page book was written by Harry and ghostwriter (and veteran biographer) J.R. Moehringer, and the contents of which are still largely if not wholly unknown to members of the royal family and the public. To promote the book, Harry apparently will sit for only two interviews: the aforementioned January 8 sit-down with Anderson Cooper, as well as with ITV’s Tom Bradby, who famously interviewed Harry and Meghan Markle during their tour of Africa in 2019, just months before the couple stepped back as working members of the royal family in January 2020.

And, as Spare poises itself to be the most damaging tell-all of all, it seems Harry’s older brother Prince William is already less than pleased with the couple’s docuseries, according to royal expert Katie Nicholl. “[William] will be taking this very personally,” she says. “I think tempers are flaring, tempers are high. There’s a lot of tension…anger and resentment.”

Any hopes for a reconciliation are being dashed more and more, as a friend of William’s says “things have been very strained for a while. There is sadness at where things currently are with his brother…and there’s a memoir coming.”

A memoir Penguin Random House reportedly paid $20 million for, no less—and with a price tag like that, one can expect at least a substantial amount of juice to be squeezed. Another close friend of William’s says, simply, “the whole thing is mad.”

Rachel Burchfield
Contributing Royal Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the royal editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.