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 5,815 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Discover the global phenomenon that tells an unforgettable story of love, loss, and healing.

“Compellingly artful . . . [a] blockbuster memoir.”—The New Yorker (Best Books of the Year)

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.


  • Spare - Prince Harry himself

    By Lanerhamm
    Prince Harry is achingly candid. I knew much of his story. I ignored the paps stories as seeming too unreal, which Harry has confirmed. I have known him his whole life, like he was another nephew. And yet did not know him. Brave book.
  • A story about healing from trauma and a must read for anyone from a dysfunctional family.

    By songmoli
    This is hands down one of the best books I have ever read. I’m not usually super interested in biographies and autobiographies, but this book changed that for me. Although Prince Harry’s life is so seemingly unrelatable to most people, I found myself being able to relate to much of his childhood trauma and mental health struggles as he reached adulthood. Anyone who has chosen to break away from their dysfunctional family, anyone who was the scapegoat or grew up with toxic parents, anyone who lost a parent… this will speak volumes to you. It was healing and inspiring to read.
  • Love

    By F@M0u$:)
    Loved his book!!!
  • An honest and engaging read

    By Megan @Disorder2Order
    Thank you for sharing your story. Making hard choices to protect your family and your peace. I appreciated your honesty.
  • harry is a terrorist pig

    By the eurhyphro
    poorly written and boring in many parts. harry’s lack of reflection on waging war in the middle east is astounding. reading about him lamenting the fact that he couldn’t go to iraq, while knowing that the war was built on a lie was disgusting. he talked about being called the dumb one in this book, but I find i agree with that assumption. LOSER
  • Rare insight and honesty

    By sabpsu
    So grateful for the Duke of Sussex to have wanted to set the record straight, and to share a large part of himself in the process. I will not ever take the news regarding the Sussexes as truth again, unless it is validly from them. May your life be happy and as uncomplicated as possible.
  • Review from GG

    By cutie13754
    Nice to hear words that come directly from the person that survived the turmoil. Unfortunate that the world doesn’t understand “live and let live”.
  • Loved it

    By Pink 74
    Amazing read
  • Spare

    By titus a. tick
    Very well written. Hard to put down. Cleared up a lot of misconceptions. And no, Harry did not trash his family as it has been rumored. Will recommend this book.
  • Truth shall set you free

    By Gordy3401
    I wasn’t sure what to expect, with all of the hype in the press. The Royal Family is put on a pedestal but actually is just as disfunctional as everyone else’s. However, this tragic, powerful road to happiness is told from a touchingly sensitive perspective and profound insight. It was an incredible journey. Most of all Harold (Harry/Haz), I believe you! Keep them safe and grow old together is my prayer for you and your family.