Prince Harry’s staff speak out on memoir congratulating him on ‘honesty, humour and light’


The Duke of Sussex’s memoir Spare has sold more than three million copies worldwide, according to its publisher.

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Staff working for Prince Harry have praised his honesty after the publication of Spare (Image: Getty)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s team at Archewell have posted a statement on Prince Harry memoir, Spare. The team used the message to congratulate Prince Harry on the success of the book after it sold more than 1.4 million copies worldwide on the day it officially went on sale.

“Thank you for your courage, honesty, humor, and light. You’ve inspired us all.”

The message, signed by the team at Archewell and the Sussexes’ private office, ends with the sign off “with admiration”.

Spare sold 400,000 copies in the United Kingdom in hardback, e-book and audio formats on its first day.

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Copies of Spare on sale in London (Image: Getty)


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The Duke of Sussex worked on the book with American novelist J.R. Moehringer, who also helped write Andre Agassi’s acclaimed autobiography Open.

Harry’s book includes a number of allegations against members of the Royal Family and private details from the Duke’s personal life.

In the controversial memoir, Harry recounts how he lost his virginity in a field behind a busy pub with an older woman.

Sasha Walpole, who has been interviewed by the Sun and the Mail on Sunday, claimed to be that woman.

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Harry and Meghan in Düsseldorf, Germany (Image: Getty)

In a video interview she said: “I’ve kept this a secret for 21 years. I would never have said anything if he hadn’t have put it in his book.”

She added: “I’m here to tell my story in my words. I am the lady that Prince Harry wrote about in his book who he lost his virginity to.”

Describing Harry as a “good friend” at the time and someone who was “a laugh”, she said they had shared an interest in horses and her first job as a groom had been at Highgrove.

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Harry and Meghan at the Committal Service for Elizabeth II (Image: Getty)

She said: “I’m surprised Harry put it in his book. It was such a long time ago, we were teenagers. It just doesn’t really seem a big deal to me because I’ve obviously known for so long.

“Nobody from back then would be surprised that it was me and Harry. A lot of people knew about it.”

In the book, Harry described the event of losing his virginity as an “inglorious episode”.

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Harry and Meghan with well-wishers in Windsor (Image: Getty)

He recounted how one of the Royal Family’s bodyguards, Marko, paid him a visit at the end of 2001 when he was still a pupil at Eton College in Windsor, aged 16 or 17, and told the prince he had been sent to “find out the truth”.

Harry wrote: “I suspected he was referring to my recent loss of virginity. Inglorious episode, with an older woman. She liked horses, quite a lot, and treated me not unlike a young stallion.

“Quick ride, after which she’d smacked my rump and sent me off to graze.”

Meanwhile, Harry was the butt of a joke made by Grammys host Trevor Noah, who alluded to the Duke of Sussex in a quip made while introducing James Corden on stage at the music event.

The former host of The Daily Show, who did not name the royal, said Corden is “living proof that a man can move from London to LA and not tell everyone about his frostbitten penis”.

In a passage from Harry’s recent memoir Spare, he described how during a trip to Antarctica, prior to the now Prince of Wales’s wedding to the Princess of Wales, his genitals had been “frostnipped”.

Noah, 38, said: “James Corden is a 12-time Emmy winner and the host of The Late Late Show.

“He’s also living proof that a man can move from London to LA and not tell everyone about his frostbitten penis.”

The Duke of Sussex moved to Montecito, California, from the UK after he and Meghan stepped down from royal duties in 2020.


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