Harry snubs royals in acknowledgements but gives 'thanks' to Oprah

Prince Harry snubs entire royal family in acknowledgements section of memoir but mentions mother-in-law Doria Ragland and gives ‘thanks and hugs’ to famous names including Oprah Winfrey, Chris Martin and James Corden

  • Prince Harry thanks a string of Hollywood VIPs in memoir acknowledgements 
  • Among them are Oprah Winfrey, Chris Martin and James Corden 
  • But the Duke of Sussex snubs most of the Royal Family, including the King 
  • There is also no mention of his estranged brother William or his family 

Prince Harry thanks a string of Hollywood VIPs including Oprah Winfrey, James Corden and Chris Martin, as well as Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and a collection of therapists in the acknowledgements of his bombshell memoir – but snubs most of the Royal Family. 

The Duke of Sussex’s astonishing autobiography Spare has sparked a furore, with revelations including how his estranged brother William physically attacked him, how he killed 25 Taliban in Afghanistan, lost his virginity aged 17, and took drugs including cocaine.

In the opening acknowledgements, there is no mention of the Prince of Wales, his father King Charles or his grandmother, the late Queen, or other Royal Family members, although he does thank his wife and children Archie and Lili.

However, the prince mentions a host of celebrity names, with ‘thanks and hugs’ for Martin, Oprah – with whom he and Meghan did a bombshell interview – and Corden, as well as Tyler Perry, and Nacho Figueras and his wife Delfina Blaquier, for ‘their unwavering friendship and support’.

Prince Harry thanks a string of Hollywood VIPs including Oprah Winfrey, James Corden and Chris Martin, as well as Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, in the acknowledgements of his bombshell memoir – but snubs most of the Royal Family


Harry thanks his ‘incredible wife’ Meghan and mother-in-law Doria Ragland (left) and Oprah Winfrey (right)

Harry also says his mother’s siblings deserve a ‘standout thanks’ for their ‘love, support, time and perspective’.

And the Duke also gives ‘special thanks’ to friends in the UK ‘who stuck by’ him ‘amongst the fog’, adding: ‘Next round’s on me’ – including his therapist, who he says helped him ‘unravel years of unresolved trauma’.

He also mentions publisher Penguin Random House, those who worked on the audiobook, ‘friends and colleagues’, ‘professionals, medical experts and coaches’, staff at his charity Archewell and his two colour sergeants from Sandhurst.

The Duke starts the section saying: ‘The length of this list alone leaves me deeply humbled.’

He writes: ‘Above all my deepest and adoringest thanks to Archie and Lili, for letting Papa go off to read and think and reflect, and to my mother-in-law (aka Grandma), and to my incredible wife, for too many millions of gifts and sacrifices, great and small, to ever enumerate.

‘Love of my life, thank you, thank you, thank you.  This book would’ve been impossible (logistically, physically, emotionally, spiritually) without you. Most things would be impossible without you.’

Among those who the Duke personally thanks is a string of A-list chiropractors, energy healers and personal trainers. 

They include California ‘energy practitioner’ John Amaral, the man responsible for keeping Harry ‘physically and mentally strong’ and who has worked with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop. 

Harry also acknowledges chiropractor Eric Goodman, the creator of Foundation Training, an exercise routine designed to deal with chronic back pain; London-based acupuncturist Ross Barr, who attended Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding with his wife, actor Eva Birthistle; personal trainer Winston Squire, a longtime friend of the Duke and who was photographed ‘messing around’ with the royal at a 2011 charity polo match in Tetbury; and Ben Carraway, one of the UK’s leading non-surgical back pain specialists who founded the exclusive private Kensington practice, The Carraway Pain to Performance Clinic and has worked with VIPs including Sir Richard Branson.

It comes as the Duke insisted he ‘would like nothing more’ than for his children to have relationships with the Royal Family on the day his controversial memoir was finally published.


Harry also gave a shout out to James Corden (left) and Chris Martin (right)

William, Charles, Harry, Camilla, Kate, and Meghan leaving Westminster Abbey after attending the annual Commonwealth Service on March 9, 2020

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Harry’s remarks about his son and daughter come despite the fierce criticism he has levelled at his brother the Prince of Wales, his father the King and stepmother the Queen Consort.

In his first print interview to promote his bombshell autobiography, the duke told US magazine People that Archie, three, and 19-month-old Lili did, however, have a connection with some of the Windsors, whom he did not name, saying this brought him ‘great joy’.

He also described his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, as his ‘guardian angel’ and said she is with him ‘all the time’.

Bookshops in the UK opened early this morning as Harry’s tell-all book Spare hit the shelves – but queues were sparse following leaks ahead of the publication and early sales in Spain. But it is still set to become one of the biggest books of the year and one of the best-selling pre-order titles of the past decade, according to industry experts.

Harry’s headline-dominating claims include accusing William of physically attacking him and teasing him about his panic attacks, saying Charles put his own interests above Harry’s and, in a US broadcast, branding Queen Consort Camilla as the ‘villain’ and ‘dangerous’.

Just one person was waiting outside Waterstones’ flagship branch in Piccadilly in central London when it opened at 8am.

Caroline Lennon, 59, who had walked two miles from Bethnal Green in the East End to arrive at 6am, said: ‘People will criticise me and say: ‘What an idiot for liking Harry. What an idiot for queuing up’, but I don’t care what anyone says.’

Other royal fans had queued for midnight store openings, with a handful waiting outside WH Smith in London’s Victoria station to be one of the first to buy a copy.

Harry and Meghan arriving at Windsor Castle to view flowers and tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II on September 10, 2022 

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In his interview with People magazine which featured a flattering photoshoot, Harry said of his book, which was ghost written by JR Moehringer: ‘I don’t want to tell anyone what to think of it, and that includes my family. This book and its truths are in many ways a continuation of my own mental health journey.

‘It’s a raw account of my life – the good, the bad and everything in between.’

Adding that he was hopeful for reconciliation, Harry said: ‘I would love nothing more than for our children to have relationships with members of my family, and they do with some, which brings me great joy.’

Harry is known to be close to his cousin Princess Eugenie, who has visited him the US.

Archie and Lili are the grandchildren of the King, but live thousands of miles away from the Windsors in California, and the duke has confessed that he has not spoken to Charles in ‘quite a while’, and is not in text contact with William at the moment.

His run of high-profile broadcast appearances, mainly in the US, to promote his book is set to continue when he features as a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday evening.

Images of the more light-hearted interview appeared to show Harry being presented with shots of tequila, and, while trailing the programme, Colbert made jokes about Harry and William’s sibling rivalry, comparing his life to Harry Potter.

‘That’s heart-breaking. To be rejected by his older brother at school even though that magic hat sorted them into the same house. What do you think? Hufflepuff? Gryffindor?’ Colbert said.

Colbert added: ‘Stock up on corgis and steal a priceless cultural treasure from one of your colonies, because The Late Show is going imperial.’

Harry has faced criticism for his revelation in Spare that he killed 25 Taliban members during the Afghanistan war.

He has also shared frank admissions of drug-taking throughout his life, and of losing his virginity to an older woman in a field as a teenager.

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