Prince Harry’s ‘Spare’ Sparks Heated Debate Among Royal Fans: ‘Move On’

Penguin Random House announced Thursday that Prince Harry’s highly-anticipated memoir, Sparewill be released on January 10, 2023, and royal fans are already at odds over the name.

In a press release, the company said Spare “takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the 20th century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow—and horror.

“As Diana, Princess of Wales was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on. For Harry, this is his story at last.”

What Does ‘Spare’ Mean?

The memoir’s title references a well-known phrase, “the heir and the spare,” used when talking about royal siblings in direct line for the throne. The heir—a king and queen’s eldest child—is “destined” to inherit the crown. Meanwhile, spares—the younger siblings—will only rise to power if the heir dies.

Throughout his childhood, Harry was right behind his brother Prince William in the line of succession for the British throne—the “spare” to William’s “heir.” But now that William has three children of his own, Harry is currently fifth-in-line for the crown.

Fans Debate

With this in mind, some are criticizing Harry for using the term “spare” as his memoir’s title.

“How embarrassing that someone who stopped being the spare nine years ago has a ‘book’ coming out in January called Spare! Move on with your life already, and stop living in the past,” @lovefamilywales tweeted.

“Note to Harry: you stopped being a ‘spare’ the moment HRH The Prince George of Wales was born on 22 July 2013,” @CountessCommon1 wrote. “Can the ‘man you’ve become’ just accept it and move on?”

“Harry stopped being the spare when the Wales children were born. That was years ago. Get over it, you will not be king, [and] you will not be your brother’s equal in line. Move on,” @sage1411 said.

But others think the title is “powerful.”

“Oooooooft. That’s a powerful title. Imagine the psychology of living your life knowing that you’re mainly regarded as ‘the spare.’ I guess we’ll find out how Prince Harry felt in January,” @Lorna_TVeditor said.

“Prince Harry’s calling his memoir ‘SPARE’ is iconic. A perfect book title,” @gibsonoma wrote.

@MeghanMood added: “The title alone gives me chills. That word [spare] has weighed on him his whole life. Can’t wait to read Harry’s story. This book will do numbers.”

More About the Memoir

Penguin Random House has called Spare an insightful and moving read. “With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”

The publisher also announced that Harry is donating part of the book’s proceeds to Sentebale, an HIV/AIDS organization founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to honor both their mothers.

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  1. Isn’t this “man” done humiliating his family and himself? Were he “so happy” with his life and wife, he’d stop looking back on his past. It’s over, Haz and can’t be rewritten.

    How about focusing on all the chaos you and your spouse turn up? The two of you are an embarrassment to both the UK and America! Grown people work. The world doesn’t stop because you stamp your feet. If even 50% of the things people say about the two of you is right, shame on you!

    Grow up, move on and shut up! No one cares about your entitled, effete and boring life!

    One last thing: If you face is the reflection of a “happily married man,” you’ve shown the male population every reason to NOT get married. Pity.

  2. STILL trying to make some $$$$ someway, somehow since everything he and MEgan touches it turns to s**t. An embarrassment to either side of the Atlantic, neither one of them will EVER shut up… Both of them and especially him stopped being relevant YEARS ago with their whining about everything and everyone. GROW UP! You have the “family” that you wanted so badly “supposedly” OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT, yet you STILL WANT THE SPOTLIGHT. Which is it? Now that you have nothing you want to remain relevant but that time came and went with the tantrums you and your wife kept throwing along with the false race baiting BS that you tried to pull, hoping for some sympathy from anyone.

    The day has finally come that no one wants you around anymore, so why don’t you fade into the background and remain there? Then you can think about all the wrongs you have done to everyone and know that your beautiful late mum would NOT be happy with your behavior!

  3. Prince Harry’s Royal family turned AWAY from his family. They {so called royals) are a shambles getting ready to implode. Prince Harry can survive (with his family intact) and not be exposed to the corruption that is coming.

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