The Royal Family Needn’t Worry: 'Spare' Volume II Won't Happen, Omid Scobie Says

Prince Harry has previously said he could write a whole other book with content left on the cutting room floor.

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As it was, Spare—the explosive memoir by Prince Harry, released in January of this year—was 416 pages. But Harry said it could have been double that size, and that he had enough material for a second book. It probably wasn’t in actuality, but some perceived it as a threat: what else could he say that hasn’t already been said?

Promoting his own controversial book Endgame (which hit shelves this week), Omid Scobie said, per OK, “There are pages of that book [Spare] that will never see the light of day. It was double in size when he initially finished.” Scobie also noted that, because of the book and the Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, “no one in the family trusts Harry anymore.” 

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One piece of information that didn’t make Spare? The name (and, as of this week, apparently names, plural) of the member(s) of the Royal Household that made comments about the potential skin tone of as-yet-to-be-born Prince Archie, ahead of his May 2019 birth. “These are things that Harry kept to himself because he felt that perhaps things were slightly moving forward with his father [King Charles], and he didn’t want to ruffle feathers any further,” Scobie said.

Harry himself said in an interview “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, particularly between me and my brother, and to some extent between me and my father, that I just don’t want the world to know.” He added, “Because I don’t think they would ever forgive me.”

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That said, royal expert Christopher Andersen isn’t so sure that Harry is totally done telling his story: “There is plenty more for Harry to tell,” he said.

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.