Prince Harry has set a record with his tell-all memoir ‘Spare’ after it sold 1.4 million copies on debut.


The 410-page book went public on Tuesday, with its English version selling 1.4 million copies on day one alone.

This, Penguin Random House said, covers its paper, audio, and electronic versions in the US, UK, and Canada.

CNN quotes the publisher as saying it is the largest first-day sales total it has recorded for any nonfiction.


Copies of the Spanish version of ‘Spare’ were released days earlier, stirring a discourse in the global media.

In 2020, Barack Obama’s memoir sold 887,000 copies in all formats on its first day in the US and Canada.

At the time, it broke existing records for Crown, its publisher, which is an imprint of Penguin Random House.


On its latest numbers, Random House said the first US printing of Harry’s memoir was two million copies.

It said it went back for additional copies to meet the demand for the book which is on sale in 16 languages globally.

In ‘Spare’, Harry gives sensuous details that upturn the public’s perception of him as a carefree party prince.

He also delves into the devastating impact of his mother’s death and how he experimented with drugs to cope.


The book reveals personal and intimate conversations despite its subject’s previous concerns about his privacy.

“Vulnerable and heartfelt, brave and intimate, Spare is the story of someone we may have thought we already knew. No,w we can truly come to understand Prince Harry through his own words,” Random House was quoted as saying.

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