Prince Harry's ghostwriter defends Spare despite multiple inaccuracies in best-selling non-fiction book

Prince Harry's autobiography was released on January 10
Prince Harry's autobiography was released on January 10

The Duke of Sussex's autobiography broke the record for fastest-selling non-fiction book in the UK

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Prince Harry's ghostwriter, JR Moehringer, has defended the memoir by retweeting a quote saying "the line between memory and fact is blurry".

The Pulitzer prize-winning author did not comment directly but shared posts on Twitter that indicated support for the Duke of Sussex.

The quote used is from Mary Karr, author of The Art of Memoir, which says: “The line between memory and fact is blurry, between interpretation and fact.

"There are inadvertent mistakes of those kinds out of the wazoo.”

Spare broke the record for fastest selling non-fiction book in the UK
Spare broke the record for fastest selling non-fiction book in the UK

Spare sold 400,000 copies on its debut in the UK to become the fastest-selling nonfiction book ever.

There are several inconsistencies in the autobiography, including a significant error in the book, which was exclusively revealed by GB News, regarding where Prince Harry was when he learned of the Queen Mother's death.

In Spare, Harry writes: "At Eton, while studying, I took a call. I wish I could remember whose voice was at the other end; a courtier's, I believe.

"I recall that it was just before Easter, the weather was bright and warm, light slanting through my window, filled with vivid colours. Your Royal Highness, the Queen Mother has died."

However, news reports at the time explicitly detail how Prince Harry was away skiing with his father and brother in Klosters, Switzerland, when the 101-year-old died in her sleep at Royal Lodge, Windsor.

Pictures also show him returning to the UK from the continent the day after the death.

A former royal correspondent, who covered the Wales' Ski trip at the time, confirmed to GB News that British journalists had recently arrived back in the UK from a pre-agreed photocall in Switzerland.

They had left the family in Klosters, where Charles, William and Harry subsequently spent some private time together after they received news the Queen Mother was gravely ill.

There are a number of inconsistencies in the autobiography
There are a number of inconsistencies in the autobiography

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told GB News: "This is a serious error in a hugely controversial book.

"That Harry is clearly wrong in his recollection of the facts as to where he was when the Queen Mother died leaves doubt as to how closely this book has been fact-checked.

"One wonders how many other factual errors are to be found within its pages."