Prince Harry's memoir 'Spare' release date clashes with Kate Middleton's birthday

Prince Harry's memoir, which was initially due for release in late 2022, has official release as publishers reveal when it hits shelves

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the United Nations Headquarters on July 18, 2022 in New York City. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is the keynote speaker during the United Nations General assembly to mark the observance of Nelson Mandela International Day where the 2020 U.N. Nelson Mandela Prize will be awarded to Mrs. Marianna Vardinogiannis of Greece and Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté of Guinea.
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Prince Harry's memoir, which was initially due for release in late 2022, was halted following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, aged 96, on September 8, 2022. Its new release, January 10 2023, is a day after with the birthday celebrations of his sister-in-law the Princess of Wales.

Shortly after Prince Harry opened up about 'unresolved grief' in an emotional speech on mental health, news on Prince Harry's memoir release was revealed. Now, the wait is on for the upcoming book, which hits the shelves on January 10 2023. Though little is known about the highly anticipated book, the release date alone could be a potential snub of two close family members' birthdays. 

The Duke of Sussex gave us an idea of what we might expect, in a statement released by his publisher, following the memoir's announcement. The Prince 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."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor

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Adding his deep gratitude for the opportunity to tell his story he said he was excited to, "share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a first-hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”

In the ramp-up to the new book, which is likely to be of concern to Buckingham Palace officials, the Prince spoke, via video link, at a San Fransisco Summit on mental health. Hinting at the kind of content we might expect in his memoir he said, “I think the majority of us in this room, especially as far as I’m concerned, 99.9% of people on planet Earth right now are dealing with some form of unresolved grief, trauma, or loss. And most of that we suppress."

Prince Harry continued that society doesn't generally encourage people to bring these feelings to the surface and how damaging that can be. "But if we’re not aware of that, if we don’t have the self-awareness of how we’ve got to where we’ve got to, how we react the way we do, our mood swings... again our upbringing - what we saw, what we experienced, what happened to us. As opposed to what’s wrong with us. Then we are part of the problem rather than part of the solution.”

Diana Princess Of Wales, Prince William & Prince Harry Visit The 'Thorpe Park' Amusement Park.

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This isn't the first time that the Prince mentioned his upbringing through a negative lens. Speaking to Dax Shepard for his Armchair Expert podcast, the Prince said, "if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on, basically."

He then discussed royal life and how he was expected to, "grin and bear it." Adding, “I’ve seen behind the curtain, I’ve seen the business model, I know how this operation runs and how it works. I don’t want to be part of this."

Most crushingly, he described growing up as a Windsor as being, "a mix of being in The Truman Show and being in the zoo.”

Aoife Hanna
Junior News Editor

Aoife is an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

Formerly woman&home's junior news editor and a contributing writer at Bustle, her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica and EVOKE.

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