Prince Harry’s telling memoir “Spare” has shattered the record for the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time.
The Duke of Sussex’s revealing account of the royal family and his personal life sold a staggering 1.43 million copies in its first day of sales in the UK, US and Canada, according to Guinness World Records.
Harry’s book sales blew up the former record holder, “A Promised Land,” written by former President Barack Obama, which sold 887,000 copies on its day of release.
“Spare” details Prince Harry’s contentious relationships with his father, King Charles, and brother, Prince William, and issues caused by his marriage to Meghan Markle that saw him leave the royal family in 2020.
The prince also talks about the loss of his mother, Princess Diana, at the age of 12, his drinking and drug use, the loss of his virginity and his service with the British army in Afghanistan.
“Spare” has a cover price of $36, but is widely sold at a discount by retailers. On Amazon, the memoir sold for $22.42 on Saturday.
“As far as we know, the only books that sold more on day one are those starring the other Harry (Potter),” Transworld Penguin Random House general manager Larry Finlay said in a statement.
“Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows” – the last novel of the series by JK Rowling – currently holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest-selling book of all time after selling 8.3 million copies – or 345,833 books per hour – when it came in July was released 2007.
On Wednesday, Penguin Random House announced that “Spare” had set the record for the fastest-selling non-fiction book in British history.
The Duke of Sussex has accused the royal family of trying to undermine his memoirs.
In 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 pushback was also “aided and encouraged by the Palace,” Harry replied, “Again, of course.”
So far, Buckingham Palace has not officially commented on ‘Spare’.
Before Obama set the record for best-selling non-fiction book, his wife, Michelle, had held the record after her book “Becoming” sold 725,000 copies on its first day, according to Guinness.
Prior to “Becoming,” Bill Clinton’s “My Life” held the title after selling 400,000 copies upon its release in 2004, breaking the record set a year earlier by his wife, Hillary Clinton. Her memoir, Living History, sold 200,000 copies.