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 2,289 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.


  • Great book.

    By cyndi angel
    I would truly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the royal family. They are a strange lot and I am so glad Harry and Meghan were able to escape them. Their cruelty to their son and brother is hideous! God bless you Harry for having the courage to protect your wife and children from them.
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    By Readingbythesea
    It’s every family a little dysfunctional! I’m glad I read it. It was interesting, even if only 10 is true, I have no reason to believe that its not 100 percent true, King Charles has a lot of immediate things that need taken care of.
  • Beautiful

    By Mesimps1995
    Beautifully written! Thank you, Harry for sharing your story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
  • The Best

    By BarAnth
    I have read a lot of personal stories but this is the easiest read of them all. It is a book that I was unable to put down. Every word, every sentence. One after the other was complete and succinct. Touching and heartwarming. Will make you laugh, will make you cry. I loved every word of it.
  • Wow!!

    By sheldenis
    Best wishes to Harry and Meg. So very much to be said for wellness and the importance of a stable mental health. I’m so glad you made your voices heard!
  • A very fine read

    By Nrolvr
    Prince Harry has not had the decorated life of luxury without want that we’d all love to believe. Uncommon struggles are struggles nonetheless, and I enjoyed seeing his perspective on topics that have garnished speculation from people in the press. At times repetitive, this story may be a bit tilted to one side, but aren’t we all the heroes and victims in our own stories at times?
  • Talk about burning bridges…

    By Deni6'4"
    As an American, I have always sort of wavered between complete disinterest in the British monarchy and occasional amusement. The whole thing seems precariously balanced on the precipice between complete absurdity and some weird, enchanting fairy tale. This book is a perfect example. On the one hand, I want to like Harry for his apparent charm, and his loyalty and courage in sticking up for his wife. But on the other hand, here’s a guy of tremendous privilege who in his 30’s admits to using up all the laughing gas in the hospital room where his wife is about to go into labor. This and other tales of arrested development make him seem like a potentially unreliable narrator of this supposed story of underhanded dealings and betrayal. There is plenty of vodka here, joints there, some mushroom chocolates and other psychedelic substances sprinkled in, plus plenty of frat-like shenanigans and tequila. And yeah, the British tabloids are a mess; everyone with an ounce of sense knows that. At best, he comes off as an immature party boy with poor judgement and impulse control (e.g. strip billiards in Vegas while whining about the evil press; what could POSSIBLY go wrong?), and at worst, a narcissist who is looking to assign blame for his pain and struggles to those in the system he also embodied and benefitted from for 30+ years. It seems clear he needs ongoing therapy. I don’t know what to make of Meghan. Time will tell. Harry better hope this all works out because he’s probably burned EVERY bridge with his family back home. And no one is going to buy a second book. In the end, this book is a lot like a plate of loaded nachos: fun while you’re in the middle of it, but afterwards you feel a little sick. Good luck Harry; you’ve said your piece. Now keep up the therapy and consider easing up on the intoxicants and doom scrolling. Live your life and do good.
  • Real life Prince

    By emmagirlsun
    Wonderfully written both honest and raw.

    By Mema Poe
    A very touching and certainly honest story of a precious young man who has so much love to give and just wants to be understood. God has blessed him with his sweet family. It will be fun to watch what the future has for them. I am 82 and loved the book.
  • Ignore the Chatter

    By GldnMprss
    This is an amazing example of someone displaying vulnerability through truth and transparency. In a time where we’re seeing a spike in adult children estranging themselves from family, this is a relatable memoir about begging loved ones for help but knowing they’re too blinded by other priorities to accept or stop the hurt they’ve caused. I hope Harry continues to find healing and their family continues to grow strong.