Telegraph: The Windsors are worried about Prince Harry’s book promotional tour

Of course, the British papers were full of royal gloom and doom about Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare. We got the title, release date and some new information about Spare last week, just in time for “sources” to cry to the Mail on Sunday, the Telegraph and the Sun. The Telegraph’s piece was especially interesting to me, because it’s another piece in the newspaper’s new genre of “actually talking to people who are somewhat sympathetic towards Harry.” You’d be shocked by how rarely that happens. Some highlights from the Telegraph:

Harry didn’t write a takedown: ‘Spare’ is not considered a “takedown of his family” but a relatable narrative of a human journey. It is described by those familiar with the manuscript as a “beautiful read”, a tale of family idiosyncrasies and struggles with which readers from all walks of life will identify. The experience of addressing certain issues is said to have been cathartic for the Duke, who since leaving the UK has made no secret of the difficulties he has faced.

Harry is aware of the Windsor panic: He is aware that the Royal family, his father and brother in particular, are braced for impact, fearing an explosion of personal “truth bombs” that will once again rock the institution. Sources acknowledge that for good or bad, that was the undeniable result of the now infamous Oprah Winfrey interview. But they insist the book is wholly different. And while the Duke is not blind to his family’s concerns, the rift between the two camps is now thought to be so deep rooted that any attempt at appeasement would have been considered futile.

Harry is choosing his own happiness: “You can’t kind of always live your life trying to make your family or your siblings happy,” one source said. “You have to choose your own happiness.” Prince Harry’s intent is to share the message that you can go through hard times, struggle with grief and uncertainty about your future but still come out the other side.

They’re so mad that Harry won’t let them see the book: Both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace were informed of the book’s title and publication date just ahead of its announcement on Thursday morning. However, no member of the Royal family has yet been shown a manuscript, with their aides and legal advisors also kept in the dark.

The royal reporters lied about Harry’s “cold feet”: Reports that Prince Harry got “cold feet” and asked for sections to be edited after witnessing the wave of public affection for the monarch are said to be exaggerated. A note will explain that the book was written before the death of his grandmother.

Book promotion: The book is unlikely to be accompanied by a huge publicity blitz, although when it comes to promotion, the Duke and his team will be operating largely at the behest of the publisher. It is thought that he may travel to the UK in the New Year to take part in some promotional activity that sets out his “intent” and his hopes for the book. Aides are aware that, while they have stepped away from official royal duties, the Duke and Duchess are still members of the Royal family and as such, could not embark on an all-singing, all-dancing publicity drive in the same vein as other celebrities or those paid to promote a project.

[From The Telegraph]

“All singing all dancing publicity drive” – do these royal sources know what a book tour actually is? Even then, it’s unlikely that Harry would actually go on a book tour, and it’s far more likely that Harry will arrange a handful of print and TV interviews and maybe one book signing? My prediction is this: a Vanity Fair cover (or something like Men’s Health, probably not GQ or Esquire), plus a People cover & interview in January; then the week the memoir comes out, Harry will do a sit-down interview with someone respected, then maybe a late-night chat show? Colbert or Fallon, who knows. The British media is also desperate to be included, which is why they’re already crying about whether Harry will promote the book in the UK (I doubt he will).

Also: I’ve never believed that this memoir would be a “takedown” or particularly, explicitly brutal about the Windsors. But what the Windsors are too short-sighted to realize is that the second book, dream titled AND ANOTHER THING, could be a lot worse. They also don’t understand that whatever interviews Harry gives to promote the book could be seriously bad for them.

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  1. equality says:

    Still scratching my head what the big “truth bombs” were in the Oprah interview. RF is racist? Not a big shock considering some of their actions and comments over the years.

    • Nic919 says:

      Meghan stating that crygate was the opposite of what was reported was a truth bomb. I don’t think anyone expected kate to let a lie like that fester. The discussion prior to that interview was that kate cried because of post partum issues.

      • Renae says:

        Spare me the crygate tragedy!
        One woman just gave birth and the other is planning a big splashy wedding in a foreign country while her family is acting crackers! Well, who wouldn’t cry? Wouldn’t surprise me if BOTH were crying! I am weary hearing about that reported incident.

      • Becks1 says:

        Uhhh, it was brought up because someone asked what truth bombs from Oprah, and that was one of them.

        And no, Kate did not cry. Meghan cried. None of this “they both cried.” they did not. and we know this because after Oprah, M’s version was never actually refuted.

      • Nic919 says:

        I am weary of people who diminish the role of kate not correcting a false story that set Meghan up as the angry black woman that is still being used today by the UK media in particular . Especially when it is a false story and shows kate is actually quite a deceitful woman. Never mind that kate likely leaked that story in the first place. And she remained quiet knowing that her own sister in law was suicidal and trying to get help. That’s actually quite evil to do it to a family member.

        But keep trying to pretend that Kate isn’t a nasty piece of work by making this a false both sides situation.

      • Laura D says:

        @Rennae were you “weary” when the story first broke and we were told that Meghan made Kate cry? Did you at the time give her the benefit of the doubt and think maybe “they both cried?”

        It’s interesting now the truth is out there (WITH receipts) how the narrative has changed. So spare me the “they both cried” nonsense! Only one woman cried that day and the other one bought her flowers by means of an apology!

    • one of the marys says:

      for me there were some.
      The confirmation by Harry that after the oceana tour everything changed. It confirmed what we speculated here and how far back the firm was openly working against them.
      That Charles stopped taking his calls.
      That in Canada his security was compromised by his own family

      • PhoenixRNmc says:

        Laura, no I for one was not weary. This is common occurrence among black women. There is even a name for it-WWT- white women’s tears. Happens frequently at work where they will run to the white male in charge and try to cause real trouble. I have noticed that it is less effective than previously since they are on YouTube and TikTok crying after doing something egregious and then calling the police. And they have started crying with complaints that white men have done this to them. I have seen this behavior is very young girls in elementary schools schools and it persists when they find out how effective it is. I believe that Meghan said that Kate sent her flowers and a little note. She still has the note that is why Kate does not mention it now. As for M stating that Kate was a nice person. All AA girls of middle class striving backgrounds are taught to be “”nice,” that is pleasant and conciliatory. I even see WWT when they have no personal complaints but want to seem empathetic and compassionate. Crying because of a disaster half away away that happened to POC gets brownie points for sensitivity.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think the racism was a truth bomb bc it seemed so….old school and blatant, IDK. Like I don’t think anyone was surprised that they are racist but I was certainly surprised that there were conversations with Harry re: “concerns” about how dark the baby would be and “what that would look like” etc.

      • C says:

        That, and the bit about his security being yanked and Charles not taking his calls. Me and my mom were watching and gasped at that.

    • Interested Gawker says:

      I think the entire interview was packed with different revelations but the one that triggered ‘the powers that be’ so badly was Harry point blank explaining the ‘invisible contract’, how his father and brother are ‘trapped’ and how he would not engage with the press and play the ‘game that killed his mother’. The owner of the Fail and Rebekah Brooks from the Murdoch press WERE INVITED TO QUEEN ELIZABETH II’S FUNERAL (!) A Fail ex employee is KC’s communications secretary(!) and a main sticking point for kicking the Sussexes out was their insistence that they did not want to deal with the rota. They wanted to run off Meghan and KP, the Middletons, Charles and the courtiers all had their hand in it with QEII lending more soft support to the Sussexes in retrospect that it looked to be when it was all going down but the press had an integral role, possibly at the behest of even more nefarious shadowy people and they don’t want that advertised.

  2. Seaflower says:

    What a bunch of snowflakes the Windsors are.

  3. ML says:

    The hyper focus on Spare, the Sussexes, the reactions of BP and KP, plus the plethora of stories in the RR is so incredibly weirdly wildly different from just about any other royal family in Europe. No other family is trying to actively bemoan, besmirch and attack a close family member—especially one that has left! Especially one with someone like Paedrew. That this is a positive article is also just completely crazy. The BRF needs to ignore this if they want to appear vaguely competent.

    • Lauren says:

      I first realized how toxic the British Royal Family is, as a family, when I watched a video of Princess Leonor of Spain giving her first speech several years ago when she was 13. Both her parents and her sister were there and clearly displayed their pride something that I couldn’t imagine the British Royal Family doing.

  4. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    Again, if the family, especially his father and brother, had been supportive and less jealous and petty they’d have nothing to fear from Harry’s book but they weren’t so they are.

  5. Lolo86lf says:

    Why do Harry’s blood relatives and in-laws think they deserve to get the book before it is released to the general public? What are they so afraid of? A guilty conscience maybe. Harry’s little book couldn’t possibly hurt the English Monarchy could it?

    • Kingston says:


      Its just the usual suspects in the racistbritshidtmedia as well as some old clueless courtiers holding on to their wet dream that Harry still subscribes to the notion that the institution not only still has the power to say yay or nay to his projects/plans/ideas, but that Harry still feels obligated, thru conditioning, to give them a heads-up before he does anything.

      This is how they feed the minions who still look to them for confirmation that H&M are going to be punished!!! LMAO

    • Christine says:

      It’s going to be hilarious when Harry sends autographed copies out early, to friends. I foresee a social media post by Oprah in late December/early January, hugging her copy of the book.

    • Blithe says:

      They’re used to deference and freebies. I know that aides will probably be dispatched to order a few copies of the book for various members of the BRF, but I’m enjoying the idea that members of the slimmed down monarchy will attempt to don disguises and pay cash in efforts to pick up copies of the book without landing on the front pages of various tabloids.

      I also wonder how fast they can read, and if they’ll do a group chat.

  6. Snuffles says:

    I agree that Harry won’t blanket the airwaves with a media tour. He will do a handful of interviews that will pack a powerful punch. As for late night TV options, I’m going with Colbert. For sit down interview, I think Gayle King is being teeed up. I can’t guess what magazine but I’m sure it will be unexpected. I’m gonna throw a curveball and say Essence with he and Meghan on the cover talking about their individual and joint projects.

    • Afken says:

      Harry won’t do Colbert. Colbert is extremely anti-monarchy, has already publically expressed that he is uninterested in the royals so it’s unlikely his people will book Harry. If Trevor is still at the Daily Show that seems more likely.

      I can also see Anderson Cooper (distant relative) and most likely Gayle, Hoda or Robin.

      He could also go the podcast route or YouTube interview. Even penguin could interview him in an issue of The Happy Reader which I think could get back the focus that this is a book, a memoir, a *literary* endeavour. Either way I’m intrigued and have of course preordered.

      • Jan90067 says:

        I would HATE it if he sat down with his buddy Corden again. But odds are….?

        I think for the GLOBAL reach, Anderson Cooper OR Chris Wallace on his new show on CNN, is probably the best guess.

      • Julia K says:

        In what way is Anderson Cooper a relative? I used to watch him before I cancelled CNN. I think he can be sarcastic doing an interview and he asks “gotcha” type questions. He doesn’t have the patience to let the interviewee answer the question before he jumps in. There are better choices out there.

    • ChillinginDC says:

      Late night TV would be Jimmy Kimmel or Seth Meyers. He won’t do Colbert and I don’t think Colbert would even want him on. I can see him doing a podcast rounds with those out there like Jon Stewart.

      Daytime tv will just be Gayle and maybe another morning show.

      • Amy Bee says:

        If Harry does a podcast I think it will be his own. Why would he go on somebody’s podcast when he has his own platform?

      • teecee says:

        The same reason people with podcasts do other people’s shows?…

        Reaching beyond your own core fans is just smart publicity. There are lots of people who know very little about the royals, or who only know the headlines, who might be inspired to read the book based on an interesting interview with a host they like and respect.

    • Green girl says:

      i realize people mag wants to stay on wills and Kate’s good side, but it would be interesting to see Harry as the sexiest man alive. I doubt he would do this and I can see him sticking with a more serious publication. Just thought it would be fun to speculate!

      • lanne says:

        Heads would EXPLODE (or, one bald head in the UK especially). Harry has my vote. He has a spine of steel, he takes care of his family. He knows his wife and children are more important than racist pageantry.

        Hell, I’d even buy a copy of People for that. Consider the mediocrities they have had in the past (Blake Shelton? Adam Levine? Hork-wretch-gag!).

        The fallout would be glorious!!!

        Light skin Harry for SMA!!!!

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Who is Blake Shelton? I’ve heard about him before.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Blake Shelton is a country music singer who is a judge on The Voice. He’s also married to Gwen Stefani.

      • Lorelei says:

        @ArtHistorian, consider yourself lucky that you didn’t know who he is. I only do because at the nail salon I go to, for whatever reason, they’re ALWAYS blaring that stupid show where he’s one of the judges on a loop and 😣😣

  7. Rapunzel says:

    “Aides are aware that, while they have stepped away from official royal duties, the Duke and Duchess are still members of the Royal family and as such, could not embark on an all-singing, all-dancing publicity drive”

    Could not?

    “in the same vein as other celebrities or those paid to promote a project.”

    So… Harry isn’t getting paid to promote a project? Isn’t a celebrity?

    The press and BRF are so stupid. Harry has a contract for this book. I’m sure it sets out whatever promotion the publisher requires and locks Harry into room to that.

    If Harry doesn’t do a singing and dancing publicity drive, then it’s because Random House doesn’t think he needs to. Not because Harry can’t as a former royal. Random House doesn’t care about that crap.

    I’d also like to point out that from a PR perspective, Random House probably thinks it better for Harry to only do a few things for publicity in order to maintain a sense of exclusivity for the memoir. Overexposure of Harry could hurt rather than help.

    • Ginger says:

      I just love that they are NOW considered members of the RF when it comes to promoting their projects but not when the Queen died. Wasn’t Harry only informed that she died along with everyone else in the world?

      This article is just backtracking their other articles on Harry’s book. We have all speculated that this book isn’t a take down, that Harry wasn’t editing the book to “soften” his blows on the family, that the book would be delayed, etc… And if Harry does any promo in the UK, it will likely be over Zoom. I doubt he will fly to the UK during the holiday season.

    • Kingston says:

      @Rapunzel says:
      “If Harry doesn’t do a singing and dancing publicity drive, then it’s because Random House doesn’t think he needs to. Not because Harry can’t as a former royal. Random House doesn’t care about that crap.”

      Um……the publisher doesnt have carte blanche to decide wholely and solely by itself, what promotions Prince Harry, the author MUST do. With the heft that H brings to the table, even tho its his first such project, he and his lawyers WILL HAVE negotiated the kind of deal and attendant collateral matters that H was satisfied to sign off on.

      • Rapunzel says:

        My point was if Random House wanted to have more promotion, it would’ve been negotiated. I was not saying it was unilaterally under Random House’s control. I was saying if there was no huge tour it would be something Random House permitted in negotiations with Harry.

  8. Maxine Branch says:

    I have my doubts about a 2nd and 3rd book. I believe Harry wrote this book specifically for his children to have a narrative of his life from him. He is such an engaged father, pretty sure this was his major reason for authoring his book. Additionally, the writing of his life journey through his most turbulent years had to be cathartic. Because so many salacious books have been written by royal gossipers who are money grubbing trolls he wanted his children to have his story he authored. I am hopeful the UK gutter rags get this book the same day those of us who ordered will. Also happy his children will hear his voice when they are old enough to understand and read at this level. This is pretty epic of him to include an audio tape with his voice. I too believed this book would be about his journey and not about his birth family. I continue to wish the Sussex family well.

    • Wendy says:

      The contract with Random House is for four books total.

      • Maxine Branch says:

        How do we know this? Let me know. How was this confirmed? Did a Sussex spokesperson confirm this? Would be interested in knowing this for future posts.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Wendy: believe Harry has denied a 4 book deal. But if there’s one I’m guessing this will be the only memoir.

    • Kingston says:


      I sooooooooo agree with everything you say!

      I dont know what part of “Harry’s-Memoir-is-about-Harry’s-life-journey” folks dont get when, in fact, from the very outset, this has been the description of the book by the publisher.

      We, the supporters of H&M, have jokingly fantasized about the epic take down and revelations about this racist family and the cult/mafia institution that H would write about. But that was just our wet dream. We knew, because the official description said, that H was writing the book NOT as the Prince (as he was born) but as the MAN he is now, looking back on the journey of his life.

      Of course, there were people who featured in his life that helped, thru their good deeds or ill, to make him what he is and he will discuss how he internalized and actualized such deeds.

      And regarding him writing as well as reading his book:
      both H&M are and have been deliberately and systematically taking control of their narrative. The nasty brits (both the traitors within his family and the Machiavelians in the institution and, of course, the britshidtmedia) have deliberately and systematically sought to demonize H&M, to nasty them up and make them toxic to other folks.

      So when H&M decided to do the O interview, that was their first step toward taking back control of their own narrative. Thats why M said, in response to O asking what she thinks the institution will say about them speaking out: “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent when there is an active role that the Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.”

      And int he same interview, H said: “theyre afraid of losing control of the narrative. Because if they do, they know the truth will come out.”

      And thru every other interview, M’s podcasts, and now H’s book (to be followed by H’s podcast, I believe) they are strengthening their control over their own lives and showing up the institution for the pack of merciless, mercenary bullies they are and have always been.

      The britshidtmedia are the ones who KNOW they have much to hide from, regarding H’s Memoir. And they are panicking.

    • Lauren says:

      If there is more than 1 book, though I’m not sure what the source for the multi book deal is, I expect that one will be about his mother. There were reports a while back about Harry talking to Diana’s friends and requesting police records for her death. Also it sounds like his memoir might start with Diana’s death so I could see a second book focused on his mother, her charity work, dreams for life after the royal family, death, and legacy.

  9. Tessa says:

    How come Charles damaging interview in 1994 was not called infamous. Or Andrews recent one. Such bias

    • Cessily says:

      The bias in the media and rags in Britain is exactly why I can not see Prince Harry giving any interviews to anyone there for his book or any project he does. They are like scavengers and they will pick apart every word said to give it a twisted narrative to fit the hate campaign against him and his family that doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon.

      • Kingston says:

        Agree. Even the BBC is shidt and cowered by the royals’ henchmen in the institution. And the Times is shidt and does the dirty work for the royals.
        The uk has no legitimate media… in: the 4th estate. Not when they are owned, controlled, and do the bidding of their oligarch masters, as they indeed do.

      • Blithe says:

        That’s too bad — and sadly accurate. I can imagine an interview with Harry and Trevor Noah being both deeply serious — and flat out hilarious.

  10. C-Shell says:

    “ — do these royal sources know what a book tour actually is?”

    No. No, they do not. Plus, Harry doesn’t NEED to go on a publicity blitz. Spare is already a #1 best seller and it’s not going to be released for more than two months, FFS. I agree that he’ll do select interviews and wind up on a magazine cover or two, maybe a podcast, which I’m very much looking forward to because he’s always more candid and revealing in those contexts.

  11. Tessa says:

    I am glad Meghan set the record straight about Kate causing the trouble during the Oprah interview

  12. CheChe says:

    So excited to hear Harry’s story and not the media driven agenda tales. Since he left England there has been so much more to his character to unpack. Harry has been a beacon of light to many in need of recalibrations.

  13. Becks1 says:

    I think the promo tour will be along the lines of what you said Kaiser. There will be a morning interview/talk show appearance (not just Harry popping in at 30 Rock but an actual taped interview), a late night talk show (my money is on Colbert since Meghan was supposed to go on Fallon, we watch his show most nights and he definitely pokes some fun at the royals but NEVER mentions harry at all, which I think is because Harry is lined up as a guest.)

    I don’t think this is going to be the take-down of the monarchy that some fear/hope, but we have seen how Harry can say even very general comments and the British media goes berserk. Like how to Dax he mentioned generational trauma and wanting to do better etc and that was a SLAM on Charles, even though Charles had also criticized his parents.

    • Michelle says:

      I agree about Colbert. He’s so good with the LIFE/TRAUMA topics bc he went through it after his dad and brothers died. Colbert has true empathy of what it means to have your life torn apart, and how the aftermath makes you stronger. His interview with Biden, the Anderson Cooper interview—still make me tear up.

  14. Amy Bee says:

    I agree Harry’s not going to the UK to promote the book. He doesn’t need to. He’ll do a magazine interview and a sit down in the US and the tabloids will just report on it. I don’t think there’s going to be a second book for Harry though. It think this is his chance to tell his side of the story and to close this chapter of his life.

    • Afken says:

      Agree he won’t physically go to the U.K. as the only shows that really do book promo like that are Graham Norton, and the morning shows. He could do radio but honestly if it’s a magazine it will probably be British GQ as he did the GQ Awards thing and they said they miss him. GQ also have a YouTube so it could be cool to see him do video promo too.

  15. Southern Fried says:

    Like he needs to promote lmao. He doesn’t need to bag on his family, they show themselves to be the trash they are daily. I’m completely enjoying the tabs are cut O.U.T. of anything Harry or Meghan have to say or do. Another personal pleasure is the tabs trying so hard to make his royal family look good.

    • Jaded says:

      A guilty conscience speaks a thousand words — that’s why the trash tabs are frothing at the mouth about the book and writing sychophantic garbage about the Windsors. If they’d only shut up and just let it be…but they continue shooting themselves in the collective foot over and over again which, they don’t seem to realize, draws more and more attention and discussion around the book.

  16. Brassy Rebel says:

    You “can’t live your life trying to make your parents or siblings happy” is exactly why the royals are so triggered. It gets back to that business about “the spare”. As far as Harry’s father and brother are concerned, he exists primarily to make them happy. He’s “the spare”, after all. That he reached adulthood and rejected this plan for his life, especially when he saw how his wife would be treated, has left both Charles and William incandescent with rage. It’s a very sick system.

    • Eurydice says:

      Trying to “make your parents or siblings happy” makes Harry’s story relatable to the everyday reader, but that’s not really his situation. It’s not just about making Charles and William happy as father and brother, it’s also about meeting the expectations of the monarch and heir to the throne. It’s about having one’s life controlled by a dying institution filled with meaningless ritual, false hierarchies and endless backstabbing – being controlled by minions and flunkies, by the British press, by the public’s expectations. It’s about breaking out of prison.

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        The royals talk a lot about “duty”. But what they mean by “duty” is their duty to preserve the monarchy no matter what. Imagine going through life with your highest priority and goal being preserving an institution which is archaic and anti-democratic. It’s very dehumanizing. I don’t think Harry has become a republican, but at some point, he will realize that the end of the monarchy is the only solution.

  17. ChillinginDC says:

    My goodness. After Tom Bower’s nasty GMB interview this morning about how he wants to ruin Meghan and not Harry, I hope that Harry lights a torch on all of these so called royal experts.

    What is hilarious is that all of them said he wouldn’t release his book now. Here it comes. They said he was going to leave Netflix cause of the Crown, nope. They said that he was looking to move because their house is too expensive or whatever nonsense. The royal experts lie and don’t know anything.

    And I bet he does promote his book, it’s probably part of the contract. The Royal experts deciding that Harry and Meghan can never return to the UK again is some nonsense. Harry is still patron for WellChild and isn’t going to disappear.

    • Lorelei says:

      @ChillingInDC, what now? Bower actually said on camera that he wants to “ruin” (?!) Meghan? What in the actual hell? I need to find a clip.
      My god, these people do not take a break, ever, do they.

  18. Tessa says:

    Bower is powerless and frustrated he cannot ruin anybody. He just rehashed all the usual gossip and fake news. And he already was called out on his fake stories.

    • Brit says:

      This. Tom Bower and many “journalists” are threatened by Meghan and upset she doesn’t grovel for their good opinion and give them access. This is about breaking her and the more she thrives, is successful, glowing and happy, they’ll always be bothered. Think about it, they’ve thrown everything at her from her family, career, fictional stories, threats etc and nothing has broken her and made her run or cave to their bullying. They’re absolutely traumatized because they don’t know what to do. Harry and Meghan aren’t scared like the rest are and they’re stumped.

      • Vanessa says:

        That’s the problem the royal reporter and the British media have they were so used to getting the royal family to do whatever they want . The royal family literally host a Christmas party for these people who spend the whole creating fiction stories about them the Cambridge’s literally give theses people photos of their kids . The invisible contact is now out in the open their afraid Harry book will open the cans of worms of their own behavior. These people aren’t journalists their just Lackey doing the Royals bidding.

      • Michelle says:

        Weirdly? Bower wrote a book in 2015 that had chapters on how Charles sold out his boys to the media? I wonder what happened to him? The unhinged royal media are like the MAGA folks, one day they just flipped a switch?

  19. Susan says:

    I feel like all of this is a tempest in a teacup. If you take your personal opinions and emotions out of it all—Diana’s boys, racism, Meghan, the question of monarchy in general, etc—at the end of the day no one should be surprised by the fact he’s writing book(s). It’s a guy that left the family business and went out on his own to start a new life. And that new life….costs money. He can’t buy a fixer-upper in the suburbs of DesMoines and send his kids to public school. His lifestyle is expensive (security alone!) and he’s got to support himself (and his family) for the rest of his life. I can’t imagine anyone who thinks he *wouldn’t* write a book. Honestly, can you think of a public figure of note that hasn’t written a book of some sorts?

    • lanne says:

      The point here is that no one in either legit or tabloid media on Salt Isle seems to look at Harry with any sense of practicality or reason. There’s an entire media organization that believes they are entitled to tell this grown ass man how to live, who to love, and what he can or can’t do with his life. No one anywhere would accept the intrusion of the media that harry faces. Due to an accident of birth, this man, of no relation to anyone in the media, cannot make the same choices that regular adults in free societies make every day. It is, at the end, a man leaving the family business and striking out on his own. For Harry, it amounts to treason.

      I can’t imagine them being harsher on an actual heir than on Harry. Really, if William was the one who chose to leave, I don’t even think his vitriol would be as bad, because at least there wouldn’t be racism. It leads me to think that for years, the media created, probably with the tacit approval of the royal family, that the monarch after Charles would be WilliamnHarry and not just William. That’s the only thing that makes any logical sense to me. They know that William can’t hack it without Harry, so they are moving every stone they can to drag him back where he “belongs.”

      The British media also has a terrible sense of boundaries. It’s no wonder that so many british celebrities choose to live in the US and Canada.

      • Jais says:

        Good point. Harry truly is the most charismatic Windsor and was more interesting for the RR to cover. And he left them and pays them dust. And they’ll never get over it.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Susan, I respectfully disagree. I think the reason this book is actually an enormous deal is because unlike most celebrities, the monarchy shrouds its members in secrecy, and that creates curiosity about what they’re really like— so for a young, high-ranking member of the family — who left the family under some pretty acrimonious circumstances — to actually write an entire book about his experience within that family, sharing with the world his thoughts, experiences, etc. in his own words? It’s unprecedented, at least for our generation. Royals just don’t do that. (Diana was obviously the exception with the Morton book.)

        It wouldn’t be a story at all if, as you suggested, everyone removed the monarchy, Meghan’s racist treatment, their personal feelings about Harry + William, and Diana, etc. from the equation. We wouldn’t even be having this conversation, because those factors are exactly what make it such a compelling story for so many people.

        Harry has stories about the BRF that nobody except him is in a position to tell, and for better or for worse, there’s a ton of worldwide interest in the British monarchy.

        IIRC Charles did write his own book a long time ago, but this is completely different, imo, because Harry has left the family —as they’ve literally been waging a years-long, coordinated smear campaign against him and his wife — they’ve tried every possible way they can to control him, but they’ve failed. So now he is finally free to say whatever he wants, and naturally, many people want to know what it is that he’ll say. And the BRF/BM could not be angrier about it.

        There’s zero palace oversight of this memoir, and absolutely no one besides Harry, his ghostwriter, and editor know who or what Harry will discuss, and how brutally honest he will be. The British media is not used to being shut out like this, and they’re losing their everloving minds over it, making it a far bigger deal than it otherwise might have been.

        But with this book, the public will definitely learn at least a few things about the inner workings of the monarchy, which is why this is totally different than some John Doe leaving the family business. There’s no international interest in the BTS of that dude in Des Moines family’s medical office or whatever.

        The fact that the BRF and the BM WILL NOT SHUT UP about how scandalous they expect this book to be has only added to the anticipation. They are the ones making the book a topic of conversation every. single. day. They clearly feel a warped sense of ownership over Harry, and see him leaving as a betrayal of the highest order— as @Lanne said, they basically view him as treasonous.

        Plus, the fact that they’ve continued to trash Harry, his wife, and his children on a daily basis in the two years since the Sussexes have been gone makes the whole thing even more of a wild card, imo…no one knows how that affected what the book’s tone will be. It’s as if they’ve been purposely provoking him.

        Anyway, I’m just rambling at this point, but I guess if someone pays zero attention to the BRF and doesn’t care at all, then sure, all of this frenzied coverage definitely might seem like a “tempest in a teapot.” But on a site like this, it’s a huge deal. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  20. 2cents says:

    What a brilliant book title! All Harry’s roads lead to being SPARE:

    # His position from birth as second child of the king-heir;
    # His royal role: having to be supportive: useful yet disposable (like a spare-key or spare-tyre) for his whole life;
    # His mistreatment and exploitation by the royal family/the firm throughout his life, compared to golden child William. (Therefore Diana gave him more love and money as compensation);
    # His popularity as royal jester among the British people;
    # His scapegoat treatment in the British press, including his wife and children;
    # His anger (“going spare”) against his dehumanization by the royals/the firm and the press;
    # His relative freedom to carve out his own path to happiness;

    I guess what the royals mostly fear is that people will connect the dots and fill in the blanks that Harry left in his story, especially why his family/the firm didn’t help him more with his grieving and his mental struggles or why they didn’t help Harry to overcome his unhappiness within his royal role.

    And as Harry shows the real human behind the spare-model, people will want to know about the real humans behind the heirs. That may humanize the monarchy or end it, depending on how much the public wants to continue the royal fairytale.

  21. Vanessa says:

    The Royal reporters are shook because once Harry book comes out all their books that written will be in the dollar bins . People are going to want to buy Harry book because it’s comes straight from him I don’t think Harry will come to the uk to promote his book the royal reporter are literally salvation at the thought to be able to interview Harry but Harry won’t give the time of day . The royal reporter and the British media are cut off the Sussex the more the Sussex’s grown their brand in America the more regular people start to like Meghan and Harry the more the established in the uk are scary.

    • lanne says:

      The ratchets will soon be out of work. I also suggest raw sewage clean-up for the royal reporters who can’t exploit Harry any more. They’ll feel comfortable in such familiar surroundings. I’ll throw in some change to purchase some buckets and mops for Brown, Bower, Levin, Tominey et al.

    • Emily says:

      Exactly! Why would he bother coming to the UK? The book is doing well in the UK on pre sales alone, no promotion needed. The US is a much bigger market and where he lives so makes sense to promote there.

    • OriginalMich says:

      I’m guessing they are also nervous because they know he is going to out them (the journalists and the rags they work for) as the horrible people they really are.

    • Lady D says:

      As a no-longer working royal, isn’t Harry free of having to answer to the RR’s? He can choose whoever he wants to interview him in his country, and there won’t be a single thing the howling RR’s can do about it. Not even the King can force him to speak to them, or am I wrong, and he still has to deal with them?

      • dee(2) says:

        He does not. That was the initial key part of the entire half in/out offer that was rejected, that they didn’t have to interact with Rota anymore. Harry is a private citizen; the King can’t demand he speaks to the Rota anymore than he could demand that I do.

  22. Petra (Brazen Archetyped Phenomenal Woman) says:

    The book is #1 with pre-orders, so I doubt if a big press tour is needed. I was never a fan of Howard Stern until I listened to his interview with Hillary Clinton. My wish is for Prince Harry to do a sit down with Howard Stern. It will be hard for people to accuse Howard Stern of cuddling Prince Harry with easy questions. Follow, the HS interview with a more relaxed sitdown with Lebron James on The Shop. For a podcast interview, I pick Marc Maron of WTF. I’m 99% sure Prince Harry will produce a podcast about “Spare.” If a UK promotional tour is needed, I pick James O’Brien of LBC to do the interview (James has been quite open about going to therapy to deal with personal issues.)

    • AfKen says:

      Howard Stern was the one who was interviewing Trump when he said those disgusting things about Princess Diana so I doubt he’d go to Stern. Marc Maron would be INCREDIBLE! But a longform interview after writing a 400-page-book I think might be a bit too much for Harry. James O’Brien on LBC would be a interesting too, O’Brien would also not back down from calling things out as they are re: the racism Meghan has faced.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Petra, I would fcking LOVE for Harry to go on Marc Maron! That would be an incredible interview. And Barack Obama has been on Marc’s show, so people can’t very well suggest it’s “below” Harry (or whatever derogatory nonsense they’ll come up with to criticize every single thing he does).

        IDK if it would ever happen, but if Harry does do any promotion, Maron gets my vote for sure.

        (I don’t think this one would ever happen, but I do think it would be a super interesting conversation if he went on Anna Faris’s show, too. But that seems unlikely for some reason; idk why.)

  23. EllenOlenska says:

    Just popping in to say how much I love the Kaiser’s title for the “sequel”. I’ve been having fun creating titles for Harry’s current book that Salty Island might find acceptable ( “ She made me!” “Trapped with vile Americans” “ I really loved Penny Junor but she turned me down” “Kate was my dream girl” ) and Kaisers title made my morning beverage fly out of my nose because I was laughing so hard.

    • windyriver says:

      One of my favorites has always been something someone said more than a year ago, before we even knew Harry would be coming out with a book – “You were so worried about her [Meghan] you forgot about me”.

  24. aquarius64 says:

    I didn’t know Harry’s Monsters in Law the Markles wanted an advance copy of Spare. Probably afraid the lies they were paid to tell in the UK/Aussie press will be exposed, Toxic Tom’s admission he was paid to stop the wedding, Bad Dad and Scammy’s doorstepping. Harry’s book could derail Scammy’s defamation lawsuit on Meghan.

  25. HeyKay says:

    The Firm, KC, PW do not understand that if they weren’t such horrid people in how the treat H&M, they’d have nothing to be worried about.

    Since they are awful, plenty to worry about.

  26. Nicki says:

    H and M are so smart about public events and publicity, I wouldn’t be surprised if he also gave a key interview to a student journalist

  27. Steph says:

    The last time I pre-ordered a book was the final HP book, so it’s been a long time and things have changed since then. Are you expecting delivery on 1/10/23 or for it to be shipped to you today day?

    • Becks1 says:

      When I have preordered books before on Amazon, it usually arrives that day. Once in a great while I have received the book the day before.

    • Blithe says:

      It varies. I ordered a hard copy from Amazon and I opted for free shipping over paying for same day delivery— about $11 more, or regular delivery — about $6 more. So, I won’t be getting my copy the day of publication, but many people will.

      I had forgotten about the HP excitement. I ordered one of them shipped to a store, and the store was open for an hour or so at midnight, so we could get our books as early as possible on the day of publication.

  28. Steph says:

    I’ve seen a few of you mention Harry’s podcast and it’s release being soon. Does anyone have a link to where this is stated? Or are we just assuming that bc they more than likely made their Spotify deal for more than 12 eps?

    • Kingston says:

      The Sussexes Spotify and Netflix deals are both “multi-year deals.”

      Their 1st podcast for spotify was M’s podcast, Archetypes. This 12-part series comes to an end at the end of Nov. I’m sure she’s ready working on the next series of whatever other idea she has and I’m sure it will be equally excellent.

      PLUS! I’m sure there will be other spinoff media products re Archetypes.

      We also know (believe) tht their next Spotify product is a podcast from H because Scobie mentioned this in an article, quoting info he received from a H&M spokesperson. We don’t know the theme or title but we do know it will be excellent, as hv been all the content from H&M thus far.

  29. Izzy says:

    Crazy theory here: Is it possible the publisher is actually the one leaking to the press? Both times, the leak has garnered them HUGE publicity for the book, which was already getting a lot of attention. At this rate, the publisher hardly has to spend any money at all on advertising and publicity – the idiot rota are doing it for them.

  30. Andrea says:

    I actually think he could well do a book tour. Michelle Obama filled stadiums on hers and Harry would definitely also be a huge draw.

  31. Stephanie says:

    Honestly, from the beginning the RF heard Harry was writing a book and immediately went “It’s gonna be about us!” Gives of “You’re So Vain” vibes, like, I’d love if he largely only mentions them peripherally. They are not the stars of HIS life these days and they hate it.

  32. Blithe says:

    The Duke of Kent recently published a book — brazenly (joking here) titled : a Royal Life.
    Have the tabloids been frothing and speculating wildly? Has the BRF been mustering people of note to publicly condemn what none of them have actually read? Why the lack of fuss? The contrasts —and similarities— are startling.

    I can’t wait to read Harry’s next book — which someone here brilliantly suggested (yesterday, I think) should be called: Strike.

  33. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    This is what gets me. They know Harry. When has he ever, EVER been publicly disrespectful to anyone? His ‘royal’ family acts like his memoir is some evil entity. Does he morph into a monster when he writes? He’s not Stephen King. And I wish he’d turn into some scathing GRRM retelling of his royal family days, but it will not be that. He’s a husband and a father. He loved and respected his grandmother. I’m assuming he will respectfully begin to unravel areas within the institution which could use makeovers or eradication. He seems to want full disclosure and accountability. He can’t make them accountable, only they can, and this book could brightly illustrate the RF’s refusal or acceptance.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Mabs, it’s similar to how they treated Meghan. No one who worked with her in all of her years in Hollywood *ever* had a bad word to say about her, but we’re supposed to believe that on her final flight over the Atlantic, she morphed into some brazen, disrespectful “bully.”
      It’s preposterous (but unfortunately, it worked on some people).

  34. teecee says:

    As long as everyone else is speculating…

    Daytime TV – Gayle King
    Night “news” tv – Anderson Cooper/Tamron Hall (could also be day I guess)/Ann Curry
    Night Comedy talk shows – West Coast: James Corden, East Coast: Seth Meyers/Trevor Noah, longshot: John Oliver
    Podcasts/Radio: Roxane Gay, Terry Gross (Fresh Air), Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me
    Print/Legacy Media: New York Times, LA Review of Books, Vanity Fair. Potential writers: Roxane Gay, Caity Weaver, Ira Madison III
    Misc. Interviews/Appearances: 92nd Street Y, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

  35. Ing says:

    No idea what will be in the book, I suspect any criticism of the royal family/monarchy would be rather bland.

    However, all this hysteria is just telegraphing that the royals have something to hide, that they mistreat Harry is some horrible way, so bad that it could cause permanent damage to the monarchy. Not a smart move of the part of the royals.

  36. HennyO says:

    There is no second book. The Daily Fail spread the lie about a multiple bookdeal and it was immediately denied by Prince Harry’s spooksperson on July 26, 2021. Everybody seems to be perroting this lie since, instead of taking his words for what it is. Very disturbing.

    He said: there is just 1 book, that’s the memoir. Look it up on the Arts&Culture page from the website thenationalnews dot com from that date, guys.

    I hope that CB allows the link to the story with his statement to stay here, to debunck this ‘multiple bookdeal rumours’ ones and for all (at least in these streets).

  37. Emily_C says:

    I wish Harry would do a song and dance tour. He seems to have a good singing voice (from the like two words he sang of Hamilton) and he’s athletic, it would be great!

    Yes I know it’s a metaphor, but the picture it created in my mind was hilarious.