Prince Harry 'worries' that Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis might 'end up like' him

"Though [William] has made it very clear to me that his kids are not my responsibility, I still feel a responsibility."

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Prince Harry's memoir has dominated the headlines over the last two weeks, with Spare becoming the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever. After selling more than 1.4 million copies on its first day in the UK, US and Canada, it has landed the Duke of Sussex with a Guinness World Record. 

The contents of the autobiography have been widely discussed online, with commentators discussing allegations such as that Prince William physically attacked him, and the fact that Harry referred to Camilla, Queen Consort as 'the villain'

Other anecdotes have also gone viral, from his use of this iconic Spice Girls lyric to sweet comments he made about his nephew, Prince George

To promote the book, Harry gave a number of interviews and discussed the memoir, his life, and the public reaction, noting to Stephen Colbert that context was vital in reference to headlines about his time in Afghanistan, quotes which were leaked ahead of the book's official release. 

Since the launch, Harry has spoken to The Telegraph and discussed his concerns for the younger members of the royal family, namely William and Kate's three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, adding that he 'worries' that one of them will 'end up like me'. 

He said: "Though William and I have talked about it once or twice, and he has made it very clear to me that his kids are not my responsibility, I still feel a responsibility knowing that out of those three children, at least one will end up like me, the spare.

"And that hurts, that worries me."

In his memoir, Harry details how being referred to as the 'spare' made him feel growing up, believing himself to be 'the shadow, the support, the Plan B.'

He continued: "I was brought into the world in case something happened to Willy. 

"I was summoned to provide backup, distraction, diversion and, if necessary, a spare part. Kidney, perhaps. Blood transfusion. Speck of bone marrow. This was all made explicitly clear to me from the start of life's journey and regularly reinforced thereafter."

Spare is available to buy now. 

Jadie Troy-Pryde
News Editor

Jadie Troy-Pryde is News Editor, covering celebrity and entertainment, royal, lifestyle and viral news. Before joining the team in 2018 as the Lifestyle and Social Media Editor, she worked at a number of women’s fashion and lifestyle titles including Grazia, Women’s Health and Stylist, and now heads the Marie Claire UK news desk.