Prince Harry will give £1.6m from sales of memoir ‘Spare’ to two UK children’s charities: Sentebale will get £1.3m and WellChild will get £300,000
- Spare by Prince Harry will be out at the start of next year and will cost £28
- He has pledged to give a total of £1.6million of proceeds to two deserved causes
- WellChild is getting £300,000, while Sentebale will be handed some £1.3million
Prince Harry has donated £1.6milion of proceeds from his upcoming autobiography to charities, including one founded in honour of Princess Diana’s memory.
The Duke’s tell-all tome – which comes out on January 10 – will benefit both Sentebale and WellChild,
Harry’s book, which carries the title Spare, costs £28 so will need to shift at least 57,000 copies to make up the sum.
At the moment retailers Waterstones and WH Smith are selling it for half price at £14.
A statement from Penguin Random House says: ‘Prince Harry wishes to support British charities with donations from his proceeds from SPARE.
‘The Duke of Sussex has donated $1,500,000 to Sentebale, an organization he founded with Prince Seeiso in their mothers’ legacies, which supports vulnerable children and young people in Lesotho and Botswana affected by HIV/AIDS.
‘Prince Harry will also donate to the non-profit organization WellChild in the amount of £300,000. WellChild, which he has been Royal patron of for fifteen years, makes it possible for children and young people with complex health needs to be cared for at home instead of hospital, wherever possible.’
The Duke of Sussex co-founded Sentebale in 2006 to help vulnerable children in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi
Two weeks ago Harry spoke to winners of the 2022 WellChild Awards and their families from the US. Pictured at a ceremony in 2019
Spare by Prince Harry will be out at the start of next year on January 10 and will cost £28
The book had initially been signed off ready for an expected autumn release as part of a multi-million pound, three-title deal with Penguin Random House
Its publication was delayed following the Queen’s death, and Harry is said to have requested a number of alterations to make it less critical of the Royal Family.
The eye-catching title is a reference to a common label of Harry as the ‘spare’ prince – in contrast to his brother Prince William, the ‘heir’.
A press release today referred to Harry as a ‘husband, father, humanitarian, military veteran, mental wellness advocate and environmentalist’.
It suggested the book would begin in the immediate aftermath of his mother Princess Diana’s death.
‘Spare takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow — and horror,’ the release said.
Prince Harry takes part in activities with children at the Khayelitsha Football for Hope project in Cape Town, November 30, 2015, on behalf of Sentebale
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual WellChild Awards in London on October 15, 2019
‘As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on. For Harry, this is his story at last. With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.’
It is understood that Harry was paid an advance of $20 million (£18.4 million) for the book as part of a three-title deal worth £36.8 million.
The Duke of Sussex co-founded Sentebale in 2006 to help vulnerable children in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi, including those who are affected by extreme poverty and the HIV/Aids epidemic.
Harry first visited Lesotho in 2004, while shadowed by broadcaster Tom Bradby. He and Prince Seeiso have since appeared at numerous events together, including a concert held at Kensington Palace in 2016 on behalf of Sentebale.
In January 2020, the Duke made an emotional speech during a formal private dinner at the Ivy in Chelsea for Sentebale about his decision to walk away from his royal duties with Meghan Markle.
The royal spoke of his ‘great sadness’ at leaving the Royal Family and said he and Meghan had ‘no other option’ than to quit senior royal duties – but vowed the couple are ‘not just walking away’.
Two weeks ago Harry spoke to winners of the 2022 WellChild Awards and their families from the US, and apologised for missing the ceremony and not being able to meet them in person.
At one point, Harry appeared visibly moved when told that his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales would have been so proud of him.
He also described how the UK was ‘going through a lot right now’, with the general population wanting to help each other out – but said there were ‘certain other fractions that make that tricky for people’. Harry did not make clear to what he was referring.
During the video chat which was released today, Harry spoke to each of the winners in turn, including Tony Hudgell, who raised £1.7m for the hospital that treated the injuries he sustained following vile abuse at the hands of his birth parents.
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