Prince Harry’s memoir “Reserved” has seen record first-day sales, surpassing some of Penguin Random House’s biggest hits, including Barack and Michelle Obama’s, the New York Times reports.
“Spare” has sold more than 1.43 million copies in all formats in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, including pre-orders, according to its publisher. The figure marked the largest first-day sales of any non-fiction book ever published by Penguin Random House, the world’s largest publisher.
“We always knew this book would fly, but it exceeded even our wildest expectations” said the publisher’s managing director, Larry Finley, in a statement.As far as we know, the only books that have sold more on their first day are those featuring the other Harry (Potter)Finley added.
The memoir’s strong debut, while unusual, wasn’t entirely surprising.
The memoir has attracted worldwide interest because of Prince Harry’s revelations and accusations against his father King Charles III, his stepmother Camilla and his older brother Prince William.
“We sold books in every place – and we sold a lot of them” said Shannon DeVito, of the large US bookstore chain Barnes & Noble, 614 nationwide.”Some people came right before work, some people came on their lunch break, some people came aftershe continued.But the speed of sales throughout the day was gigantic“.
Spare is available in 16 languages and ranks as the best-selling book on Amazon websites worldwide, including in the UK, US, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Prince Harry will not be welcome at his father Charles III’s coronation in May amid a barrage of criticism he has leveled at his family in his new book, a source has claimed, according to the Daily Mail. The royal court has yet to officially comment on either the book or the interviews Harry has been giving here and there.
Senior members of the royal family are worried about spending time with him at the historic event in case their talks “end up in a paperback” like his memoirs, The Sun reported.
It is unclear whether Charles will invite his younger son to the coronation and whether Prince Harry will accept.
One of the shows seen with Harry was when he enjoyed a few tequila shots with “The Late Show’s” Stephen Colbert – the latest televised interview airing on Tuesday. When asked by the host if he would like a cocktail, Harry nods as if brushing away his long hair and says, “Yes, please.”
He also previously spoke to ITV’s Tom Bradby, Anderson Cooper and Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan.