King Charles is likely to be furious over “derogatory” nicknames Prince Harry has given private secretaries in his memoir, a royal biographer claims.
The Duke of Sussex refers to three “courtiers” as The Bee, The Fly and The Wasp, writing: “I’d spent my life dealing with courtiers, scores of them. But now I dealt mostly with just three, all middle-aged white men who’d managed to consolidate power through a series of bold Machiavellian manoeuvres.”
Robert Jobson said that anyone with a “semblance” of knowledge about the workings of the royal household would know who the “deeply insulting” comments are about.
Harry has denied boasting about killing 25 people in Afghanistan, describing this as “very dangerous” spin.
The Duke told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show in the US that watching the reactions has been “hurtful and challenging”.
“Without a doubt, the most dangerous lie that they have told is that I somehow boasted about the number of people that I killed in Afghanistan,” Harry said.
Spare has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever, recording figures of 400,000 copies so far across hardback, ebook and audio formats on its first day of publication.
- King Charles ‘must be furious’ over nicknames for royal aides
- Prince Harry denies boasting about Taliban kills, describing the spin as a ‘dangerous lie’
- Spare becomes fastest-selling non-fiction book
- Meghan Markle asks Prince William to take his finger ‘out of my face’
- Spare by Prince Harry sets fire to the royal family with style – review
Memoir ghostwriter loved The Prince and the Pauper as a child
19:15 , Jane Dalton
Prince Harry’s ghostwriter, JR Moehringer, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning features writer whose own memoir about his absent father was adapted into a George Clooney-directed film.
Now he’s turned his hand to ferreting out the most intimate details of royal life and familial intrigue, writes Sheila Flynn:
Opinion: Harry’s acid outburst against the grey men in the palace
18:44 , Jane Dalton
The royal establishment are reluctant to engage Harry in the discussions about “accountability” he’s demanding, for fear of everything being leaked all over again – the very sort of dishonourable behaviour he’s accusing everyone else of:
Harry fans saddened over claim he never hugged his grandmother
18:12 , Jane Dalton
Prince Harry has drawn sympathy for claiming in he was never able to hug his grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth.
“This is the saddest thing I’ve ever heard,” said one person:
Harry and William: 7 of the pettiest moments between ‘the Heir and the Spare’
17:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain
Prince Harry’s memoir became the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever on its first day of publication, thanks in part to the excruciating details about the long-running feud with his older brother, William.
Early reports suggesting the Duke of Sussex would come down particularly hard on the heir to the throne have now been confirmed, as the book documents how sibling rivalry was sharpened into all-out war.
Harry frequently documents the disparities in how he and his brother were treated from a young age, right down to the decor of their childhood bedroom at Balmoral. Here are the most glaring instances of the rivalry, from squabbles to alleged physical fights.
Roison O’Connor has more:
Prince Harry says silence is ‘least effective’ way to deal with ‘painful elements of war’ amid Taliban claim
16:35 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain
Prince Harry has spoken candidly about his decision to include excerpts in his memoir about his time in the military and the lives he took, with the Duke of Sussex revealing that “detailing” his experiences helps him on his “healing journey”.
In his memoir Spare, which was released on 10 January, the duke opened up about his two tours of Afghanistan, and “precisely how many enemy combatants” he’d killed.
“So, my number: Twenty-five. It wasn’t a number that gave me any satisfaction. But neither was it a number that made me feel ashamed,” he wrote. “Naturally, I’d have preferred not to have that number on my military CV, on my mind, but by the same token I’d have preferred to live in a world in which there was no Taliban, a world without war.”
Chelsea Ritschel has more:
From ‘racist’ royal to Afghan killings – three times Prince Harry appeared to change his tune
16:13 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain
Prince Harry has not held back in his candid memoir Spare, which finally went on sale this week after copies leaked early.
The ghostwritten autobiography has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever after hitting shelves on Tuesday, as the Duke of Sussex chronicles everything from family strife to personal trauma.
Many of the most notable extracts were plastered across news sites and front pages in the days leading up to its official release, thanks to a series of leaks and the 416-page tome being accidentally released early in Spain.
Andy Gregory has more:
Spare by Prince Harry: A chaotic but stylish memoir that sets fire to the royal family
15:43 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain
“You might feel as if you’ve already read Prince Harry’s memoir Spare by now. The virginity lost to a stallion trainer behind a pub. The dog bowl-smashing, necklace-ripping tussle with William. The constant calling out of his family briefing the press.
“This book doesn’t so much lift the curtain on private royal life than rip it off and shake out its contents. But it’s also richly detailed and at times beautifully written; if Harry is going to set fire to his family, he has at least done it with some style.”
Lucy Pavia reviews Prince Harry’s new book:
Meghan Markle’s tailor speaks out about Princess of Wales bridesmaid dress row
15:23 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain
Harry recalled that Meghan received a text from Kate about the dresses needing to be altered.
He claimed that Meghan told Kate that their tailor, Mirpuri, would be making his way to the Kensington Palace. However, he claimed that this response “wasn’t sufficient”, before sharing the alleged text conversation between the two women.
Peony Hirwani has more:
Prince Harry says press and public attention to Meghan was means to ‘break her’
14:59 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain
The Duke of Sussex has said he believed press and public fascination with him and his wife was a way to make her leave and to “break her”.
Harry told Stephen Colbert on CBS’s The Late Show: “We moved to California and for 12 months during lockdown where we said literally nothing – it was relentless.
“They always knew my wife was going to leave (the UK) because of the way they were abusing her.”
Harry then joked with the audience that the interview felt like “group therapy” after being asked whether the press fascination was designed to make Meghan Markle leave the UK or break her.
Eventually, the duke said he felt like it was “both”.