Spare was already making headlines before it hit shelves on January 10. Early excerpts obtained by Us Weekly detailed Harry’s tense relationship with his brother, Prince William, even going so far as to recount an alleged physical fight the siblings had over Meghan Markle.
“It all happened so fast. So very fast,” the 38-year-old wrote. “He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor. I landed on the dogs’ bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me. I lay there for a moment, dazed, then got to my feet and told him to get out.”
Harry acknowledged that the Prince of Wales, 40, apologized after the incident — but it wasn’t the only time the duo got heated. Elsewhere in Spare, the Duke of Sussex recalled an uncomfortable afternoon meeting with William and Princess Kate after he and Meghan, 41, exchanged vows in May 2018. The conversation began with “classic small talk” and ended in “shouting,” according to Harry.
Apart from discussing his estrangement from his family, the former military pilot peeled back the layers of his personal life. From past drug use to the first time he had sex, the memoir put the prince in an entirely new light.
While recapping William’s April 2011 wedding to Kate, 40, Harry recalled he had some trouble with his “todger” after a trip to the North Pole. “Pa was very interested, and sympathetic about the discomfort of my frost nipped ears and cheeks, and it was an effort not to overshare and tell him also about my equally tender penis. Upon arriving home I’d been horrified to discover that my nether regions were frost nipped as well, and while the ears and cheeks were already healing, the todger wasn’t,” he wrote. “It was becoming more of an issue by the day.”
Some fans of the Archewell cofounder praised his honesty, but others were less impressed. Bethenny Frankel accused Harry of oversharing, joking that Spare should instead be titled “Dirty Harry Laundry.”
Frankel asserted that she “will not pay the money” to own a copy of the tell-all, but she admitted that she couldn’t resist the drama. “Say more so I can say more. … Keep it going. I want to hear what’s going to happen next,” she joked.
Harry’s relatives, meanwhile, have kept quiet about his claims. “The Palace isn’t publicly commenting about Spare, but relationships between the royals and Harry have been torn to shreds,” a source exclusively told Us on January 8.
The daytime TV star got brutally honest when asked how she would react to a relative writing about family drama for the world to see. “I will tell you that I would be furious, and would think that that child or that grandchild was a selfish, spoiled, ungrateful one,” she said on the January 10 episode of Good Morning Britain. “That’s what I would feel. … I think anybody – anybody with a brain – would see that it’s disingenuous. It’s biting the hand that fed you. It’s unseemly.”
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert host had a more playful take on the “very enjoyable” book one day before sitting down with Harry for the January 10 episode of the CBS show. Colbert joked about Harry’s description of William’s “alarming” hair loss, which the Invictus Games founder denied was a “cutting” detail to include.