The Royal Family’s Reaction to Prince Harry’s New Book


Sophie Alsmaan, Staff Writer

On January 21, it was all about the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry. Now, it is the royal family’s turn to react to Prince Harry’s new book, Spare, which focuses on Prince Harry’s life from his childhood as a British prince and his current role as a husband and father of two kids now living in California.

“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born, but as the man I have become,” Prince Harry stated in the press release. “I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story- the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned- I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.” After Prince Harry’s memoir was released in bookstores, the Royal Family made no comment about his new book. 

The Royal Family has repeated this stance when interviewed by any journalist who has asked about the book generally or any of the individual claims within it. However, there has been recent buzz about this memoir, and a little while after the memoir was released, the Royal Family was incredibly nervous about what people would think. This reaction, according to Royal Commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, who has covered numerous royal occasions over the years, isn’t so far-fetched. “Its contents, which are unknown, will undoubtedly cause nervousness at the palace, especially as the Sussexes are so unpredictable and the rift between them and the royal family has not healed,” Fitzwilliams says. 

The same day the memoir was released (January 10, 2023), Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, appeared at ease with the release of the new memoir. They’ve shown no signs of apparent sadness over their disgruntled relatives in California or the questions shouted toward the couple, asking if they had been “hurt by the comments in Harry’s book?”

The release of the new memoir hasn’t appeared to have fazed the royals at all. They have been keenly aware of everything following the book’s publication. But rather than being dragged now into the news about their book, also releasing statements, or canceling events, they have all focused on earning trust that may have been damaged, and that means just getting back to work.

The Prince’s tell-all book has gone on to break records, with the publisher claiming it had sold three-quarters of a million copies in the UK since its release.