Prince Harry’s ‘Spare’ sells 3.2 million copies in its first week

'Spare,' the new memoir by Britain's Prince Harry, on display
“Spare,” the new memoir by Britain’s Prince Harry, has sold more than 3.2 million copies worldwide after just one week of publication.
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“Spare,” the new memoir by Britain’s Prince Harry, sold more than 3.2 million copies worldwide after just one week of publication and will likely rank among the bestselling memoirs of all time.

Penguin Random House announced Thursday that the prince’s headline-making memoir sold 1.6 million copies in the U.S. alone. It’s a number comparable to first-week sales for blockbusters such as former President Obama’s “A Promised Land” and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Becoming,” which has sold more than 17 million copies since coming out in 2018.

The British publisher announced last week that “Spare” sold 400,000 copies in Britain in all formats — hardback, e-book and audio — on its first day.


The total sales announced for “Spare” are for print, audio and digital editions in the major English-language markets: the U.S., Britain, Canada and Australia. The book has come out in 15 other languages, and editions in 10 additional languages are expected.

In ‘Spare,’ the Duke of Sussex attacks just about everything but the real source of his woes: the British monarchy itself.

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“Spare” may set records for nonfiction, but no book in memory approaches the pace of the final Harry Potter novel, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which in 2007 sold more than 10 million copies in its first 24 hours.

Prince Harry worked on his book with American novelist J.R. Moehringer, a former Los Angeles Times reporter who also helped write Andre Agassi’s acclaimed “Open” and is the author of “The Tender Bar,” a memoir adapted by George Clooney into a movie starring Ben Affleck.