After months of anticipation and a sustained publicity blitz, Prince Harry's autobiography 'Spare' has finally gone on sale


  • Prince Harry said his first draft for his 400-page memoir "Spare" was 800 pages
  • He said he removed a lot of content as he feared it would cause an unrepairable rift with his brother and father
  • Twitter users slammed the Duke of Sussex, claiming he seemed to be "threatening" his family with their secrets

Prince Harry was accused of "threatening" his family with their private matters after he revealed that he cut out enough content from his memoir "Spare" for a second book.

The Duke of Sussex said in his interview with The Telegraph Friday that the first draft of his 400-page book "Spare" was 800 pages and contained more stories about his brother and father. But he claimed that he decided to exclude some details as he feared it would cause an unrepairable rift with Prince William and King Charles III.

"There are some things that have happened, especially between me and my brother, and to some extent between me and my father, that I just don't want the world to know," he said. "Because I don't think they would ever forgive me."

Twitter users questioned Prince Harry over the revelation, with some claiming that his comments might cause the royal family to worry that their secrets and private matters could be made public.

Financier and environmentalist Ben Goldsmith tweeted: "Is it legal to make another person (or people) live under the threat of having details about their private life spilled out in public unless they do this that or the other? Isn't this blackmail? Legal or not, it's grotesque."

"It's blackmail ... if you say to someone do what I want or I'm going to use the embarrassing information I know about you and tell everyone. It's disgusting that he's threatening his own family like that. Just goes to show how desperate he's becoming and how he can't handle criticism!" a second Twitter user claimed.

"I'm no lawyer, but it feels like blackmail," another wrote.

A fourth person tweeted, "Blackmailing your family is not a healthy way to 'build' your relationship with your family."

Other Twitter users defended Prince Harry, noting that a number of well-known personalities have written more than one book about their lives. Some also argued that the Duke of Sussex did not threaten his family and instead seemed to make it clear that he would never reveal damaging stories about his brother and father.

"It's not blackmail, it's vindication of him being made to feel 'Spare,'" one user commented.

"He isn't demanding 'payment or another benefit,' so it doesn't classify as blackmail. In fact, it would be the opposite as he has reduced his book in half to avoid revealing those details. If anything, Harry deserves a medal," another netizen said.

"Many write more than one memoir about their life (e.g. Jeannette Walls) to keep the memoir manageable in length and themes. Most would have more than one story to tell about their lives. The same goes for Harry. What's the big deal?" a third person wrote.

"Gosh, maybe you should address that question to the king and his family of emotional blackmailers. After all, they started everything! if they hadn't set themselves against Meghan and started leaking crap to the press, there would be NOTHING to write, speak or think about," another claimed, responding to Goldsmith's tweet.

Prince Harry made several bombshell claims in his book, including Prince William allegedly physically attacking him during a 2019 argument, King Charles allegedly leaking the Sussexes and Waleses' drama to the press and Kate Middleton admitting to making Meghan Markle cry.

In his interview with The Telegraph, Prince Harry acknowledged that one "could argue" that his family "will never forgive" him for some of the claims he's made in the final version of "Spare."

"But the way I see it is, I'm willing to forgive you for everything you've done, and I wish you'd actually sat down with me, properly, and instead of saying I'm delusional and paranoid, actually sit down and have a proper conversation about this, because what I'd really like is some accountability. And an apology to my wife," he explained.

"Spare" is already available in bookstores.

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