All the wild details we’ve learned from Prince Harry’s memoir ‘Spare’... so far

He got frostbite where?!
January 6, 2023 2:32 p.m. EST

Prince Harry’s highly-anticipated memoir Spare is supposed to drop on our bookshelves on January 10, but somehow copies of the memoir were accidentally sold early in Spain. As a result, huge portions of translated sections have flooded the internet, with some of the biggest revelations making a splash amongst readers and royal watchers alike. 

Like us, you might have thought that Harry and wife Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview in 2021 was a doozy. Also like us, you might have even binge-watched the couple’s six-part Netflix docu-series Harry & Meghan for even more startling revelations (finished it in one night!). 

But dear reader, you are not prepared for everything that the Duke of Sussex has to say in his royal tell-all. Everything from how he lost his virginity, and physical altercations with his brother, Prince William, to how he learned of his mother Lady Diana’s death, and even getting frostbite in the most, uh, shall we say, inopportune places.

Prince Harry was told Lady Diana had died by his father, King Charles

Sky News reports that the Duke of Sussex writes in his memoir that he was woken up in the middle of the night back in August of 1997 by his father, King Charles, who was then Prince of Wales.

He writes that Charles, "sat on the edge of the bed and put his hand on my knee.” Charles then said, "My dear son, mum has had a car accident. There have been complications. Mum has been seriously injured and has been taken to hospital, my dear son."

Harry writes, "He would always call me 'dear son', but he was repeating it a lot. He spoke quietly. It gave me the impression he was in shock."

Harry lost his virginity at 17 to an older woman

The Daily Mail reports that the Duke writes in his memoir that he lost his virginity in 2001 in a field behind a pub. It’s not described as a loving encounter and the Prince calls it a “humiliating episode,” adding that the woman in question apparently “liked macho horses” and therefore treated the young prince like “a young stallion.” He writes, “I mounted her quickly, after which she spanked my ass and sent me away.”

Harry admits to doing cocaine and also mushrooms at none other than Courteney Cox’s house

Us Weekly reports that Harry admits to trying cocaine as a teenager. He writes, “It wasn’t much fun, and it didn’t make me particularly happy. But it did make me feel different, and that was the main goal.”

Elsewhere, he describes a rather raucous party at Friends icon Courteney Cox’s house in Hollywood. Admitting that he was a major Monica fan and that he had a huge crush on her (honestly, same), he writes, “I wondered if I’d ever work up the courage to tell her. Was there enough tequila in California to get me that brave?”

Instead he says that he got high off of “black diamond mushroom chocolates” at her house. It is not indicated if the chocolates were provided by Cox or some other party-goer. 

At Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, Harry had frostbite *down there*

Page Six reports that Harry writes he had a frostbitten penis in 2011 during brother William and Kate Middelton’s wedding. Having just returned from a trip to the Arctic for a charity walk, he writes, “Pa was very interested, and sympathetic about the discomfort of my frost nipped ears and cheeks,” but he didn’t tell them his penis was also affected. “While the ears and cheeks were already healing, the todger wasn’t. It was becoming more of an issue by the day.”

It was only after the royal wedding, he writes, that he sought medical attention and all is fine with his “todger” now.

William once violently assaulted Harry over an argument about Meghan

This is where we start to see the currently royal family dynamic play out. The Guardian reports that Harry’s memoir contains details of an altercation where Prince William confronted Harry, calling Meghan “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive,” something that Harry saw as a “parrot[ing of] the press narrative.”

Harry then writes his brother grew incensed and charged toward him. “It all happened so fast. So very fast. He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor. I landed on the dog’s bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me. I lay there for a moment, dazed, then got to my feet and told him to get out.”

Harry writes that William told him to fight like they had as young boys, but Harry declined. As William left, Harry writes that William grew remorseful and apologized, but not before adding, “‘You don’t need to tell Meg about this.’”

“‘You mean that you attacked me?’”

“‘I didn’t attack you, Harold.’”

Harry admits he killed 25 people in Afghanistan

Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he was known during his time in the British Army, did two tours of Afghanistan and writes that he killed 25 people, all Taliban fighters. The Daily Mail reports his memoir contains these quotes, “You can't kill people if you see them as people.”

The outlet reports he saw them as "chess pieces" ... "bad guys eliminated."

"So my number: 25," he wrote, per Sky News. "It was not something that filled me with satisfaction, but I was not ashamed either."

William and Kate encouraged him to wear that infamous Nazi uniform to a party

In the Netflx docu-series Harry & Meghan, Harry admits that wearing a Nazi uniform to a party in 2005 was “one of the biggest mistakes” of his life.

In the book, he goes into further detail about how that awful costume choice came to be. Page Six reports that he writes in his memoir, “I phoned Willy and Kate, asked what they thought,” explaining that he needed help choosing between a Nazi costume and a pilot costume. “‘Nazi uniform,’ they said.” 

When he tried the costume on for the couple, he writes,“They both howled. Worse than Willy’s leotard outfit! Way more ridiculous! Which, again, was the point.”

He writes that it was the fallout from that choice where he learned that his own brother might throw him under the bus to deflect negative press from himself.

Spare will be available in Canada on January 10


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