FACT CHECK: Did Prince Harry Claim Bowling Saved His Life?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purports Duke of Sussex Prince Harry claimed bowling saved his life in his upcoming memoir.

Verdict: False

The Twitter user who first posted the excerpt confirmed in an email to Check Your Fact that it was satirical.

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Prince Harry’s new memoir, titled “Spare,” is set to be published in 15 languages, the Washington Post reports. The release was first planned for the end of 2022, but the release was pushed to Jan. 10, 2023 due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, according to the outlet.

The Facebook post shows the cover of “Spare,” along with its release date and promotional website, and an alleged excerpt from Prince Harry’s new book. The alleged excerpt claims that Prince Harry discovered bowling while wandering the streets of L.A. suicidal after leaving the royal family.

“One day, I was wandering the streets of LA,” the alleged passage reads. “A 40oz in one hand and a revolver in the other, ready to end it all, when I saw a building with a bright neon sign that said Hollywood Star Lanes.”

The purported excerpt is satirical. It first appeared in a tweet by Carlos Greaves, who identifies himself as someone who writes satire in the pinned tweet on his profile. “Follow me for more silly stuff like this . . .,” he responded to the tweet.

“The tweet was written purely as satire,” Greaves confirmed in an email to Check Your Fact. “I did not intend for the tweet to be misleading or to be interpreted as an actual leak from the book.”

There is no evidence that Prince Harry wrote this. The press release for Prince Harry’s book shown on publisher Penguin Random House’s website does not reference any such passage. (RELATED: Were Prince Harry And Meghan Markle ‘Expelled’ From The U.K. After Threatening King Charles III?)

Check Your Fact has reached out to Penguin Random House for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

This is not the first time political figures have been the target of misinformation. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim Nancy and Paul Pelosi refused to hand over surveillance footage following the recent attack on Paul.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter