Spare - Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex


By Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex

  • Release Date: 2023-01-10
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 4,177 Ratings



It was one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow—and horror. As Princess Diana was laid to rest, billions wondered what Prince William and Prince Harry must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on.

For Harry, this is that story at last.

Before losing his mother, twelve-year-old Prince Harry was known as the carefree one, the happy-go-lucky Spare to the more serious Heir. Grief changed everything. He struggled at school, struggled with anger, with loneliness—and, because he blamed the press for his mother’s death, he struggled to accept life in the spotlight.

At twenty-one, he joined the British Army. The discipline gave him structure, and two combat tours made him a hero at home. But he soon felt more lost than ever, suffering from post-traumatic stress and prone to crippling panic attacks. Above all, he couldn’t find true love. 

Then he met Meghan. The world was swept away by the couple’s cinematic romance and rejoiced in their fairy-tale wedding. But from the beginning, Harry and Meghan were preyed upon by the press, subjected to waves of abuse, racism, and lies. Watching his wife suffer, their safety and mental health at risk, Harry saw no other way to prevent the tragedy of history repeating itself but to flee his mother country. Over the centuries, leaving the Royal Family was an act few had dared. The last to try, in fact, had been his mother. . . .

For the first time, Prince Harry tells his own story, chronicling his journey with raw, unflinching honesty. A landmark publication, Spare is full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.


  • Incalculable Cost of The Crown

    By K8T Marko
    Integrity & Love: PRICELESS Simultaneously Heartbreaking & Heartwarming across the board. Royal by chance of birth, Noble by choice of character. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ H M A L
  • Spare-A Good Read of Harry’s Side of the Story

    By enj0yl!f3
    As an American, I applaud Harry for saying to heck with the British “stiff upper lip.” This is a heartfelt rendering of Harry’s recollection of events from the death of his mother, Princess Diana, to the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Harry is very straightforward with his thoughts after his mother’s death, his issues with alcohol, drugs and depression, and his need for family support and love. Harry also delves into inaccuracies of media accounts of his life activities and the palace handling of such matters. And lastly he unabashedly discusses finding the love of his life for which he would do anything. Bravo Harry.
  • Spare

    By momofjason
    Beautifully written..,like spending time with a much loved friend…,
  • his point of view

    By Jablwaaki
    Throughout I had this same thought; why do I believe that Harry’s being totally honest about himself and his actions? It’s only because this is his book, written by him, that he can paint such a tragic picture for the reader of his complete innocence and mistreatment. He admits to being a substance abuser, but what he never admits to is that these are just printed words from his own point of view and so they may not be entirely accurate. As a loving husband & father myself though I respect his obvious love & devotion for his wife and children, and his steadfast devotion to his Queen is & his mother’s memory is inspiring. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of family drama on a royal scale.
  • Such a poignant memoir

    By lavocate
    This memor was well written and well spoken. I’m glad you and Meghan found each other and I hope your future offers more love and acceptance than you past. I’m glad to know you chose to find your own path. Keep up the good fight against the hateful racist british media. The struggle is real. Know that there are folk in the world who admire and love you both. I’m grateful you chose to share your story and to hear the real truths from your own mouth.
  • Not a 5 star sorry

    By Inuvik
    Interesting insight of royalty. I’m glad that I read it. It made me realize that Harry is doing something to help with his past by seeing a therapist and his brother and the rest of the family should be seeing therapist as well. The life they live is not healthy. My feeling towards Camilla were spot on. She’s a manipulator and Charles is so spell bound by her (for reasons unclear), that he would let her do anything even hurt his family and turn a blind eye to it. Will and Kate are a very special family that take the monarch seriously and do their duty. They also have that snobbish attitude and lack of understanding of other peoples way of life. I’m sorry but having a tizzy over borrowing a friends/sister in laws lip gloss is not that big of deal. She didn’t slobber all over it, that would have been weird. We’re women we help each other out. They’d be better off going back and showing how good they can be for the Monarchy, keep the smoking anything out of your life. It hurts your lungs. Prove that the Spare can do better for his country than even his father and Camilla. Show them what your mother would have wanted you to do. Don’t let them take what’s rightfully yours. Let Meg shine on her own. Do the work and pour that positive energy out. Ignore the press, give them only good things to say. If you can’t get along with Will and Kate then work away from them. Show your children what true royalty should be like so that they’re respected as they get older. Personally I think there were other people behind your mothers wreck. It sure cleared the path for your father and Camilla to be able to marry. But that’s my opinion. Your mother wouldn’t want you looking any further into it, she’d want you to prove your worth and be strong in the monarchy and be happy, deliriously happy with your children. Prove to yourselves how you deserve your titles and the love of your own people. Take a stronger stance to the media. Don’t write a book. You were very forthcoming with things that you do. Sometimes it’s best to keep personal thing personal. Be a team with your wife and when something is said regarding race have her back and go to the press and tell them that their racism is very sad and makes whatever paper a sad sad disgrace to news everywhere. Racism should be abolished not something to write about, directed at one person for some sort of response. It makes the paper look bad, not the person that they’re talking about. It’s a shame that people would even want to read that sort of paper. Give them the truth back, don’t fight them, let the public know what a shame that these papers are trying to go back to racism being an issue as we all bleed the same color and breathe the same air. Tell them at least you’re not a racist and you love your wife for who she is. Meg is beautiful let her shine and give them positive attitude they’ll start seeing you as something that can’t give them any dirty news. Weed out the workers to keep your life personal. Don’t write to the world the injustice, you’re better at writing the positivity in your life. Be proud that you served your country, that you are a Prince that found his way with a good woman by his side. Make your mom proud.
  • Well written and interesting

    By TxAggieAbby12
    Extremely well written and great story telling. Very interesting look into a public figure you thought you knew but are really just now meeting. Recommend not only to fans of the British royal family, but to those who enjoy a story of growth and reflection, and a peek into what it's like growing up in the very abnormal circumstance of royalty.
  • An important book

    By brooklynlizzie
    Thank you Harry for giving us a window to the world you grew up in ...... and the world you had to let go of. it was a wonderful read.
  • Christine Santucci

    By Littlebuddyville
    Such an interesting read! Thank you Harry, for allowing us to walk with you . Your precious Mother Diana & your incredible wife Megan are inordinately proud of you!🙏
  • Great title

    By Boysmumas
    Way over the top. Harry could not have done so much in this little time without help. I don’t believe everyone Harry met loved him. He also made William out to be a lazy shiftless human being.