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Prince Harry is set to create an audio version of his much-anticipated memoir, titled Spare, which will be published on January 10, 2023. The plans were announced by the publisher, Penguin Random House, as the Duke of Sussex prepares to release his book with insight into the Royal Family and his experiences as the second son of King Charles III. It was stated that the book – and the recording of it – will be “candid and powerful”.

The Duke of Sussex vows to tell the public his own side of the story behind the relationship between him and senior members of the Royal Family including his father and brother.

In a statement made public alongside the release date, the book is described as written with “raw, unflinching honesty”, and a “landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief”.

The statement notes: “It was one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow—and horror. As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on. For Harry, this is that story at last.”

The cover of the book features a close-up of Prince Harry’s face, with the title ‘Spare’, presumably hinting at his distance from his brother, Prince William, who is the heir to the British throne. 

Spare is already available for pre-order on multiple platforms and will be published in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, India, New Zealand, and South Africa.

The book will also be published in translation into 15 additional languages.

Penguin Random House announced that part of the proceeds from Spare will be donated to charitable purposes.

Commenting on the release date of the book, Mail Online columnist Richard Eden said the date was a “strange one”.

He noted in a post on Twitter that January 10 was “too late for the lucrative Christmas market”. The book will be published by Penguin Random House.

Upon announcing the deal, the publisher last year shared a statement from the Duke of Sussex, in which he said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.

“I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story – the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.

“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”

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Though the release date has been revealed, speculation is bound to continue over the contents of the prince’s memoir, with royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams telling the Mail: “If it had anything sensational it would be tasteless.”

The contents of the book are understood to have been somewhat “watered down” following the death of the Queen, according to the Daily Star.

Conservative politician Susan Hall, a member of the London Assembly, criticised the Duke over the potential contents of the book, saying it could damage his own family – his wife, Meghan Markle, and children.

Ms Hall wished the Prince “finally grew up and realised we must not bite the hand that fed us”. She told “If the rumours about the content of the book are to be believed, it could damage his own family.

“Families are very precious and he may well wish that he had kept ‘his’ truth – ‘his’ being in the inverted commas because Meghan Markle is always going on about her truth. I certainly wish he would finally grow up and realise that he should not bite the hand that fed him.”

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