Prince Harry’s local bookstore has revealed that only about 30 copies of the royal family’s controversial autobiography Spare have been sold.
The bombshell book, which netted Harry, 38, a rumored £16 million ($20 million) advance, sold well and became the fastest-selling non-fiction book since records began, according to the publisher.
But the book reportedly hasn’t performed as well in Harry and Meghan’s, 41, posh California enclave of Montecito.
Mary Sheldon, owner of local bookstore Tecolote Book Shop, told the Guardian she has only pushed around 30 copies of Spare since its release.
While Prince Harry (pictured in London in 2020) has pushed back many copies of his controversial biography Spare, a local bookseller says they’ve only sold about 30 books
Mary described Spare by saying ‘it’s a book’ and added that some copies are still reserved by locals, who plan to collect their copy in person.
She said of Prince Harry: “He took the time to collect his thoughts and wanted to publish it, so I’m here to sell it.”
The autobiography has sold 750,000 copies in all formats – print, audio and e-book – in the UK since its publication on 10 January.
This makes it the best-selling memoir ever for its first week of publication, according to publisher Transworld, the UK arm of Penguin Random House.
Prince Harry’s damning memoir Spare (pictured) has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book since registration began
Official figures from Nielsen BookData showed that the book, written by famed ghostwriter JR Moehringer, sold 467,183 copies in its first week alone.
Data released by Nielsen shows that the book has broken the previous record of 210,506 set by the first Pinch Of Nom cookbook – written by Kay Allinson – set in 2019.
Despite the memoir being leaked in Spain before its official release date, Nielsen’s data suggests sales were not negatively affected.
Prince Harry made several claims about the royal family and revealed painfully personal anecdotes in his explosive memoir Spare, which was released on Jan. 10.
Despite huge global sales, the book is not selling well locally, according to the owner of Tecolote Book Shop (pictured) in Montecito
Covering every aspect of his life, the book charts the disconnection with his older sibling – whom he calls “Willy” – that began from the moment Charles was born, when Charles reportedly declared his duty done.
He accuses 40-year-old William of being engrossed in his position as future heir to the throne, claims he ignored him when they were pupils at Eton College, and says he repeatedly put him in his place.
In one paragraph, Harry, affectionately referred to as “Harold” by his family, describes feeling like he was born to be the “backup kidney” for his older brother.
Harry also accuses his older brother of being the aggressor during ‘Megxit’, claiming that their relationship had become so strained and damaged that William would only ‘look’ at him.
In the book, Harry (pictured, right) describes the quarrel with his brother William (pictured, right), as well as the rifts with other family members
He describes several particularly awkward encounters between himself, Meghan, William and Kate, saying that his brother and sister-in-law seemed uncomfortable being hugged by his wife-to-be.
He also appears to be accusing the Princess of Wales of overreacting by demanding an apology from Meghan after she argued with Kate over wedding plans.
Kate was apparently offended that Meghan attributed forgetfulness to “baby brain” after the birth of Prince Louis.
Harry also reveals that the two couples even rowed over the floor plans and whether William and Kate should be put together.
He says when William confronted Meghan and defended his wife, Meghan snapped at the prince, “get your finger out of my face.” While Charles is spared more pain than many expected, Harry portrays him as an ineffectual father who couldn’t even hug him when he told him about his mother’s death in a car accident.
He says that when he confided in Charles that he suffered panic attacks as a grown man, the prince looked sadly at his plate and said he had failed him.
In what will surely be disturbing passages for the King, Harry describes how when he returned to the UK to attend Prince Philip’s funeral in 2021, a clearly saddened Charles lamented to his warring sons for his “final years not to be a misery”. ‘ to make. .