The English edition of the Duke of Sussex’s controversial memoir sold over 1.4 million copies on its first day of publication.
Penguin Random House, which published the headline-making autobiography Spare on Tuesday, reported the highest-ever first-day sales total for any nonfiction book published by the company.
According to the publisher, the English-language edition of Spare sold more than 1,430,000 copies in all formats and editions in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom on January 10 when it debuted on bookstore shelves.
Gina Centrello, president and publisher of Random House Group, said of the record sales: “While many books written by public figures can be quite categorized as ‘celebrity memoirs’, Spare is not.
“Vulnerable and heartfelt, brave and sincere Spare is the story of someone we thought we already knew, but now we can truly understand Prince Harry in his own words.
“Readers looking at these outstanding first-day sales clearly agree that Spare is a must-read and a book we are proud to publish.”
The book contains allegations that the Prince of Wales physically assaulted him and made fun of him about his panic attacks, and that the King put his own interests above Harry’s and was jealous of the Duchess of Sussex and the Princess of Wales.
In a US publication promoting the work, Harry branded the Duchess of Cornwall a “bad guy” and “dangerous” and accused her of improving her image at her own expense.
Spare has been published worldwide in a total of 16 languages and is simultaneously released in print and digital formats in North America by Random House USA and Random House Canada, and in the UK by Transworld.
An unabridged audio edition of the book read by Harry was also published by Penguin Random House Audio.
The first US edition of Spare was two million copies, according to Penguin Random House, but the book has been returned to print for additional copies to meet demand.
The Duke said he “wanted nothing more” for his children to engage with the royal family as he continued a series of high-profile promotional interviews.
Her remarks about her son and daughter came despite criticism of her brother William, father Charles, and stepmother Camilla.
Bookstores in the UK opened early Tuesday to offer Harry’s book – but queues were sparse after pre-release leaks and industry experts predicted Spare would become one of the best-selling pre-order books of the past decade.
It retails for £14, not the suggested £28 retail price at places like Waterstones and WH Smith, and online at Amazon.