Prince Harry’s ‘Spear’ set a first-day sales record with 1.4 million copies sold amid royal fallout

Prince Harry The tell-all memoir “Spare” has been flying off the shelves since its highly anticipated release.

First-day sales of the controversial book have surpassed 1.4 million copies, according to publishing company Penguin Random House.

Harry’s book is designed to give readers an inside look at Harry’s personal life as he opens up about his grief over his mother’s death in 1997 and his long-simmering resentment of the royal “back-up” role, which has been overshadowed by his “heir” – older brother Prince William.

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Recounting the arguments and physical altercation with William, he revealed how he lost his virginity and admitted to using illegal drugs.

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Prince Harry’s memoir “Spear” has been flying off the shelves since its highly anticipated release. (Getty/Penguin Random House/Getty Images)

“spare” sales It includes hardcover editions, audiobooks, and e-books sold worldwide, including in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

“The first full day of sales for “Spare” represents the largest first day sales total of any nonfiction book ever published by Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade publisher,” the publisher shared in a statement to People.

“It’s the story of someone we may have thought we already knew, but now we can really understand Prince Harry through his own words,” Gina Centrillo, president and publisher of the Random House Group, said in The Duke of Sussex’s memo. According to the Associated Press.

The book’s global release date was January 10 and the price is $36 in the United States.

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Sales of “Spare” include hardcover editions, audiobooks and e-books sold worldwide. (AP Photo / AP Images)

Since Harry and his wife Meghan Markle Announcing that they are taking a “step back” with senior members of the royal family, the couple have launched several public projects, while speaking out against the monarchy.

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In 2021, they spoke about their decision to leave with Oprah Winfrey in an interview watched by nearly 50 million people globally.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Oprah Winfrey

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke with Oprah Winfrey in an interview watched by nearly 50 million people globally. (Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions via AP/AP Images)

Harry and Markle will release an extensive documentary series on Netflix on December 8, 2022.

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Like a dark cloud, the release of Spear looms over the upcoming King’s coronation in May. Harry’s father became king upon his mother’s death. Queen Elizabeth IIOn September 8, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch was 96 years old.

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Royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti told Fox News Digital that the royal family is “extremely angry” at Harry’s recent actions. He noted that King Charles’ response was evident when he recently changed the procedures for his coronation.

“Even if Harry and Meghan were invited, one would expect they would find a polite way not to come after all the trouble they’ve caused,” he said. “But one can never quite predict their behavior… [The royals] You must act with caution. … By not reacting publicly, they are at least leaving open the possibility that things could calm down. This allows for the possibility of talks in the future, which may allow some form of reconciliation.”

Fox News Digital’s Stephanie Nolasco and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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