France runs out of Prince Harry's Spare memoir as publisher forced to print thousand more

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Sales of Spare have been very strong throughout the anglosphere, with over 1.4million English copies of the tell-all book sold on its first day in Britain, the United States and Canada. However, its performance in France has come as more of a surprise.

Only two days after the French translation of Spare went on sale, publishing house Fayard decided to print 130,000 additional copies.

Approximately 210,000 editions of the royal memoir, Le Supplant, were sold in the opening 48 hours of the book’s shelf life, although Fayard is not sure of the exact figures.

Spare’s popularity across the Channel is perhaps surprising given France’s revolutionary past.

In the late 16th century, the French monarch was deposed and in 1792 the first French republic was founded.

Despite France’s apparent disdain for its own monarchy, there is a fascination with Britain’s.

In fact, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, French president Emmanuel Macron said that Her Majesty “held a special status in France and a special place in the hearts of the French people”.

French Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, even ordered public buildings to lower their flags to half-mast following the passing of the Queen.

Such is the popularity of the Duke of Sussex’s royal exposé it has even outperformed the French translation of Barack Obama’s 2020 memoir.

A Promised Land has so far been outsold by Spare by twenty percent according to Reuters.

A spokesperson in Munich representing publishers Penguin Random House also noted that the German translation of Prince Harry’s 410-page book is once more going to print, with additional copies required to meet demand.

Spare’s French success comes as King Charles is set to make his first visit to France since his ascension to the throne.

According to Le Parisien, in March His Majesty and Queen Consort Camilla will attend a state dinner at the Elysee Palace as well as meet Emmanuel Macron and first lady Brigitte Macron.

The invitation to King Charles is said to have been given when Emmanuel Macron travelled to the UK for the Queen’s funeral, according to The Telegraph.

He said: “I think the British people and the King felt France’s deep affection for them and the emotion we shared.”

Despite the popularity of Prince Harry’s book, that is not to say it has been universally well-received in France.

French royal commentator Stéphane Berne said on radio station Europe 1: “Recounting his cocaine experiences, his drinking binges, his first experience with an older woman, drunk behind a pub, washing his dirty laundry outside the palace, all make for a somewhat pathetic and pitiful sight.”

“One has the impression that he has lost all sense of decency, of what should be said or not said. What is excessive is insignificant. I find it excessive.”



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