Prince Harry has promised an 'unflinching' account of the royal family in his book


  • Prince Harry wrote in his book "Spare" that he is "fond" of TK Maxx's "once-a-year-sale"
  • He said he would shop at the store 15 minutes before it closed and would run out with two large bags
  • TK Maxx said its stores don't have annual sales but offer great value and savings all year round

Prince Harry's claim in his newly released memoir about shopping at TK Maxx during its annual sale was debunked by the discount store.

In his book "Spare," which dropped Tuesday, the Duke of Sussex wrote that despite receiving an official clothing allowance from his father King Charles, he would shop for his "everyday casual clothes" at TK Maxx and was "particularly fond" of the discount store's "once-a-year sale."

However, a spokesperson for TK Maxx refuted his claim, saying that the retailer's stores offer discounted items all year round and don't hold annual sales.

"Whilst we're delighted Prince Harry is a big fan, we thought we should explain we don't actually do sales. Instead, we offer great value, style and savings all year round," the spokesperson said in a statement to Express U.K.

In Prince Harry's book, he shared his "system" for snagging bargains and optimizing his time spent shopping.

"Each year, I received from Pa an official clothing allowance, but that was strictly for formal wear. Suits and ties, ceremonial outfits," he wrote.

"For my everyday casual clothes, I'd go to TK Maxx, the discount store. I was particularly fond of their once-a-year sale, when they'd be flush with items from Gap or J.Crew, items that had just gone out of season or were slightly damaged," he continued. "If you timed it right, got there on the first day of the sale, you could snag the same clothes that others were paying top prices for down the high street! With two hundred quid, you could look like a fashion plate."

Prince Harry said his shopping method involves getting to the store 15 minutes before closing time and rushing to the top floor with a basket in hand. He would then "systematically" work his way up and down the racks of clothing, holding items up against his body to see how they looked instead of going into the changing room.

Meghan Markle's husband wrote that he never "dawdled" over the color or style of the clothing. Instead, he just picked what looked "nice" and "comfortable."

When the 15 minutes were up, Prince Harry said he would run out of the store with two large bags "feeling triumphant" because he wouldn't have to think about buying clothes again for a while.

Some social media users, however, questioned whether Prince Harry had ever actually stepped into a TK Maxx.

"I'm comfortable to believe Harry has never been near TK Maxx," one wrote.

Another added, "He's probably never set foot inside a TK Maxx in his life..."

"And yet, despite pretty much everyone being armed with a camera phone, not one picture was taken of him and sold to a tabloid or posted on the internet?" a third person asked.

But Prince Harry was photographed shopping from TK Maxx back in 2013. Photos published by the Daily Mail showed the royal dressed in a long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and a baseball cap as he was exiting the store carrying a plastic bag.

He reportedly purchased T-shirts, a hoodie and an iPhone case during his 30-minute trip to the store.

Britain's Prince Harry's autobiography 'Spare' displayed at Waterstones bookstore, in London