Readers point to four discrepancies in Prince Harry Spare’s memoir

Memoirs of Prince Harry Spare became the best-selling non-fiction book of all time and sparked debate around the world.

The English edition of the indestructible autobiography, which was written by JR Moehringer, sold more than 1.4 million copies on the day of its release, the book publisher Penguin Random House announced Thursday, January 12.

While the book contains several startling revelations and surprising claims about the royal familysome experts and fans have also discovered a handful of small inaccuracies in Spare.

Moehringer Thursday appeared to defend Harry amid an online fact check of Spareposting a quote on memory and facts – including two from the Duke.

“Whatever the cause, my memory is my memory, it does what it does, collects and organizes as it sees fit, and there is as much truth in what I remember and how I remember it only in so-called objective facts,” said Harry.

From the Duke revealing that he shopped at the TK Maxx department’s “annual sales” to being offered an Xbox for his 13th birthday, here are four discrepancies in Harry’s new book, reported by readers.

The death of the Queen Mother in 2002

Queen Elizabeth IIthe Queen Mother died on March 30, 2002. In her bookSparethe duke claimed he was at Eton College – the prestigious boys’ school he and William attended – when he learned of the death of his great-grandmother. ‘

Regarding the telephone conversation in which he was informed of the death of the Queen Mother, Harry wrote: “I wish I could remember who the voice on the other end was; a courtier I believe.

“I remember it was just before Easter, the weather was clear and warm, the light slanting through my window, filled with bright colors. Your Royal Highness, the Queen Mother has passed away.

Fans pointed out that Prince Harry was on a skiing holiday in Klosters, Switzerland, with his father and brother when the Queen Mother died. Then-Prince of Wales Charles and the young princes took part in a media call on March 29, 2002, photographs from the time suggest.

After news of the Queen Mother’s death was announced, Charles and his two sons reportedly returned to the UK together from Klosters.

Annual sales of TK Maxx

At one point in the Ghost-Written Autobiography, Harry recounted shopping at TK Maxx during the high street retailer’s ‘once a year sale’.

“For my everyday casual clothes, I would go to TK Maxx, the discount store,” Harry said. “I especially loved their annual sale, when they were full of Gap or J Crew items, items that had just come out of season or were slightly damaged.”

TK Maxx recently responded to Harry’s claimsnoting that they “don’t actually make any sales”.

A spokesperson for the brand said To express“While we’re delighted Prince Harry is a huge fan, we thought we should explain that we don’t do sales. Instead, we offer great value, style and savings. throughout the year. “

She added that this had always been the case.

The Independent has reached out to representatives for Random House and Harry for comment.

Harry’s 13th birthday gift from Diana

The Duke of Sussex wrote that his mother Diana bought him an Xbox for his 13th birthday in 1997 – shortly before the former Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris.

Some social media users pointed out that the Xbox wasn’t released until 2001 and wasn’t sold in Europe until the following year.

Others defended the Duke, saying it was likely Harry had confused the Xbox with one of the other game consoles (like the PlayStation, released in 1995) available on the market at the time.

Prince Harry during an appearance on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)

“So it sounds like it was something Harry was told as a kid,” one person tweeted, responding to Moehringer, who shared an excerpt from the book in which the Duke said he wasn’t sure if that memory was true.

“That’s the story anyway,” the excerpt read. “It’s appeared in many accounts of my life, like gospel, and I have no idea if it’s true. Dad said mom got a headache, but maybe it was me who got the brain damage? As a defense mechanism, most likely, my memory wasn’t registering things quite the way it used to.

Other deviations

Another detail from the book that has been flagged as inaccurate is that Harry refers to Henry VI as “my great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather”.

The monarch had only one son, Edward of Westminster, who died during the Battle of Tewkesbury without any children of his own.

Some readers also pointed out that the Duke and his wife, Meghan Markle, provided different accounts of what she wore on their first date.

In his book, Harry wrote that Meghan ‘wore a black jumper, jeans, heels’ and described her as a ‘beautiful heart attack’

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar After their royal wedding in May 2018, Meghan said she chose a blue dress for the occasion and even sewed a piece of fabric to her Givenchy wedding dress as her “something blue”.

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