Prince Harry’s explosive tell-all autobiography is available for free on Amazon in a shock Black Friday deal – two months before it is set to hit UK bookstores in January.
The book, Spare, is said to be of great concern to the rest of the royal family due to concerns Prince Harry could name and shame members who he believes have done him and his wife Meghan Markle wrong.
Amazon’s deal is available when customers take out a trial of their audiobook service Audible, and the book is now on the list of free works which can be purchased by Audible listeners during the trial.
It comes after the memoir was already advertised for sale at half of its retail price as early as October.
Prince Harry had originally hoped to publish his work in autumn this year, but the tragic death of the Queen delayed its release
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are treading on dangerous ground, royal experts have warned, with doubts over whether their relationship with the rest of the royal family can ever be healed
The audiobook will not be available to listen to until its release on January 10, but savvy shoppers can sign up for the trial now, select the book and then cancel their account – leaving the audiobook free upon its release.
Royal fans will hear the book read by the prince himself, adding an extra layer to the experience.
Prince Harry had originally hoped to publish his work in autumn this year, but the tragic death of the Queen meant more work was required – with royal experts speculating he may be rewriting parts in light of the monarch’s passing.
He is said to have requested a number of last-minute changes amid fears his novel would ‘not go down too well’ in the wake of her death.
Publisher Penguin Random House has promised ‘raw, unflinching honesty’ in the ‘intimate and heartfelt memoir’, with Harry reportedly paid a $20million (£18.4million) advance for the book as part of a three-title deal worth £36.8m.
But some retailers have already cut the book to half-price for pre-order copies.
This includes popular book retailer WHSmith, which advertised Spare at £14 as early as October – half the recommended retail price of £28.
At Amazon Spare is also available to purchase for £14 during its Black Friday price slashes – with the Kindle edition going for £13.99.
Senior royals are said to be bracing themselves’ for the publication of the 416-page title on January 10. Biographer Tom Bower has warned the memoir’s reception will be a make or break moment for the Sussexes.
‘Put it this way, it’s not going to make for a relaxing family Christmas,’ a source told the Mail on Sunday.
Other experts have warned the book could make it near-impossible for the Sussexes to heal the rift with the rest of the royal family.
Meanwhile Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s fly-on-the-wall documentary Netflix series is thought to be airing in December after the couple tried to push it back until 2023.
Prince Harry’s novel Spare is currently free on Amazon if customers sign up to a 30-day free Audible trial
Following the Queen’s death the Sussexes were said to have wanted to make urgent changes to the documentary, reportedly to downplay comments about the King and Queen Consort, as well as the late monarch.
There is significant tension between Netflix bosses and the couple, it is understood.
Previously, one Hollywood industry source said the couple were facing doubts about the series following the Queen’s death.
They said: ‘A lot of conversations are happening. I hear that Harry and Meghan want the series to be held until next year, they want to stall.
‘I wonder if the show could even be dead in the water at this point, do Harry and Meghan just want to shelve this thing?,’ they added.
A Netflix insider also claimed: ‘Netflix has been keen to have the show ready to stream for December. There’s a lot of pressure on (Netflix CEO) Ted Sarandos, who has the relationship with Harry and Meghan, to get this show finished.’
After the Queen passed away in September, Prince Harry paid an emotional tribute: ‘In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen – and in mourning her loss – we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty.
‘She was globally admired and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy.
‘Let us echo the words she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, words which can bring comfort to all of us now: ‘Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings.’
‘Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.
‘I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honour my father in his new role as King Charles III.
‘Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice. Thank you for your infectious smile.
‘We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace.’