Prince Harry made ‘no last-minute rewrites to memoir after Queen’s death’

Prince Harry's long-awaited memoir will finally hit shelves on January 10 after months of delays.

Spare, which promises to tell the unbridled truth about the Duke of Sussex's life, had initially been scheduled for release this autumn, but the date was pushed back after the Queen's death in September.

Some guessed the Prince wanted to "tone down" the book, claiming there were passages that were critical of certain members of the Firm that would now seem inappropriate in the wake of Her Majesty's death – but royal author Omid Scobie says this isn't the case.

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"There were also no last-minute rewrites or edits after the Queen’s death," Scobie wrote for Yahoo News.

"SPARE’s manuscript was completed almost five months before the monarch’s passing, a detail that will be acknowledged in a note at the start of the book."

Scobie added that rumours Harry had criticised members of his family were untrue – and that the book would focus more on telling the Prince's story and not on destroying his relatives' reputations.

"For all the tabloid reports about Harry supposedly 'trashing' his family (spoiler alert: he doesn’t), the book actually offers a more sympathetic look at the realities of their near-impossible existence," Scobie wrote.

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"Coping with grief and the tragic loss of a parent, the struggles of accepting oneself, sibling rivalry, and falling in love with a person your family doesn’t accept are all part of the duke’s very human story.

"Although overlooked in coverage, SPARE dedicates its largest sections to other key elements of the duke’s life.

"Readers will hear moving anecdotes from the frontlines of Afghanistan and his time in the military, plus honest insights into Harry’s quest to find purpose and why he chose to commit to a lifetime of service."

Harry's £36.8million book deal with Penguin Random House was announced back in 2020, and after rumours of cancellations and further postponements were finally proven untrue, will finally be released early next year.

Since the announcement of the book deal there has been widespread speculation over its contents, including reports that Buckingham Palace had descended into a "tsunami of fear" following the announcement.

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But Scobie thinks these fears are unfounded.

"Having created an independent life away from the confines of the royal institution, Harry finally has the chance to set often-inaccurately reported records straight," the journalist added.

"No matter how you may feel about the man, it’s hard not to agree he should have the right to that."

The memoir is one of several creative projects the Sussexes are working on at present including their Netflix show and Meghan's podcast, Archetypes.


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