Prince Harry’s ‘Spare’ is fastest-selling nonfiction book of all time
Prince Harry’s complete memoir “Spare” has broken the record for the best-selling non-fiction book of all time.
The Duke of Sussex’s revealing account of the royal family and his personal life sold 1.43 million copies on its first day of sale in the UK, US and Canada, according to Guinness World Records.
Harry’s book sales eclipse the previous record holder, A Promised Land, written by former President Barack Obama, which sold 887,000 copies on the day of publication.
“Spare” details Prince Harry’s contentious relationship with his father, King Charles, and brother, Prince William, and the problems caused by his marriage to Meghan Markle that led to him leaving the royal family in 2020.
The prince also talks about losing his mother, Princess Diana, at the age of 12, his use of alcohol and drugs, losing his virginity and his time serving with the British Army in Afghanistan.
“The Exchange” has a cover price of $36, but is being sold widely by retailers at a discount. On Amazon, the memorabilia sold for $22.42 on Saturday.
“As far as we know, the only books that have sold more on their first day are those starring Harry (Potter),” Larry Finlay, managing director of Transworld Penguin Random House, said in a statement.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – the latest novel in JK Rowling’s series – currently holds the Guinness World Record for the best-selling book of all time after selling 8.3 million copies – or 345,833 books per hour – when it was released in July. 2007.
Published on January 10, “Spare” has surpassed Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” as the best-selling nonfiction book ever. Getty Images for Invictus Ga
On Wednesday, Penguin Random House announced that “Spare” had set the record for the best-selling non-fiction book in UK history.
The Duke of Sussex has accused the royal family of trying to undermine his bombshell memoir.
On an appearance with Stephen Colbert this week, Colbert asked Harry if there was an “active campaign” by the rest of his family “to undermine this book and you?”
“Of course,” Harry replied, adding that it was “mainly the British press.”
When the late-night host asked if the backlash was also “aided and abetted by the palace”, Harry replied: “Again, of course.”
So far, Buckingham Palace has yet to officially comment on Spare.
Before Obama achieved the record for the best-selling nonfiction book, his wife, Michelle, held the record after her book “Becoming” sold 725,000 copies on its first day, according to Guinness.
Before “Becoming,” Bill Clinton’s “My Life” held the title after selling 400,000 copies upon its release in 2004, breaking the record set the year before by his wife, Hillary Clinton. Her memoir, Living History, sold 200,000 copies.