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First day sales of the English edition exceeded 1.4 million copies.

Memories of Prince Harry, Very harsh expressions for the British monarchy, sold 1.4 million copies on its first day for the English edition, the publisher announced Thursday. According to Penguin Random House,Spare» (“changeIn French), these sales in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada, in all forms and formats (digital, audio, etc.), are unprecedented for an article published by this publishing house. The latter did not provide figures for the other 15 languages ​​in which the book was published.

In the book, published on Tuesday, the prince, who has been in exile in California since 2020, four months after Elizabeth II’s death and four months before Charles III’s coronation, paints a critical portrait of his relatives, addressing accounts sometimes more than two decades old. years. No one comes out of this unscathedchange“: A youth marked by drugs and alcohol, who shamelessly told his story, or his father King Charles III, or his brother William, or his stepmother and now queen consort Camilla, or his sister-in-law Kate.

his “A dear brother and a great enemyMost criticized of all. William was shown to be angry that he would never have loved Meghan, the wife he judged “Rude and aggressive“, and allegedly threw Harry to the floor in the dog bowl during an argument in 2019. Harry describes a long rivalry between William and “successor“and he”change“. “I was shady, educated, Plan B“. Although the press reported the Windsors’ displeasure, citing unnamed sources, Buckingham Palace has so far remained silent on the allegations. King Charles III and William and Kate are set to make their first public appearances since the book was published on Thursday.

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Despite the book’s strong sales, the prince’s popularity has waned in England, where he is often portrayed as a spoiled brat who effortlessly craves the perks of royalty. Just 26% of Britons have a favorable opinion of the Duke of Sussex, seven points lower than in December, according to a YouGov poll in early January. Even young people, long the most favorable, are now divided with 41% favorable and the same proportion unfavorable.


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