Harry and William's relationship 'hanging by a thread' ahead of memoir

Prince Harry's memoir is set for release January 10.

Prince Harry’s relationship with his brother William is reportedly “hanging by a thread” ahead of the release of his tell-all memoir Spare next week, with insiders fearing that the book’s publication will cause further damage.

The upcoming memoir is believed to be “tough on William” and will detail a fight between the estranged brothers, as well as “a broadside” against Kate Middleton, sources have claimed.

Prince Harry and Prince William.
Prince Harry’s relationship with his brother William is ‘hanging by a thread’. Photo: Getty

While King Charles is said to be keeping a line of communication open with Harry, despite being “deeply hurt” by criticisms of him in the recent Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, it’s reported that William isn’t as receptive.

“Things are hanging by a thread as it is after the past few months, and from the sounds of it Harry's memoir is unlikely to help,” a source told Daily Mail.

The publication also reported that the Prince of Wales feels “betrayed and angered” by his brother’s actions, and is worried that Harry and Meghan will make their private interactions public.


Meanwhile, a source told The Sunday Times that the memoir will be “worse for them than the Royal Family is expecting”.

“Everything is laid bare,” they claimed. “Charles comes out of it better than I expected, but it's tough on William in particular, and even Kate gets a bit of a broadside.

“There are these minute details, and a description of the fight between the brothers. I personally can't see how Harry and William will be able to reconcile after this.”

Prince Harry's memoir Spare.
Prince Harry’s highly-anticipated memoir is titled Spare. Photo: Penguin Random House

What else do we know about Harry’s memoir?

The title of Harry’s memoir Spare is a nod to the old adage ‘the heir and the spare’, with his brother William being the heir to the throne while Harry is the younger sibling unlikely to ever become king.

A Spanish-language edition of the memoir reveals an even deeper insight into Harry’s feelings about his position in the royal family with the subtitle En La Sombra, translating to ‘in the shadow’.

The release date, January 10, is also significant as the memoir will not only be released four months after Queen Elizabeth II’s death but also two days after the three-year anniversary of Harry and his wife Meghan Markle leaving the royal family. It’s believed that the book was pushed back following the Queen’s passing, but will still be released a few months before King Charles’ coronation.

How much will the memoir cost?

The 416-page memoir will cost $50 AUD for a hardcover version, with the e-book set at half price, and will be released alongside an unabridged audiobook read by Harry himself.

The Duke of Sussex was reportedly paid a $31 million advance for the memoir as part of a three-book deal with Penguin Random House.

His publisher revealed on Thursday that he has already donated $2.3 million to Sentebale, a charity he co-founded that helps children and young people in Lesotho and Botswana affected by HIV/AIDS. He has also donated $530,000 to WellChild, a British charity for disabled children which he has been a patron of for the past 15 years.

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