FACT CHECK: Is Prince Harry’s Book Being Sold At Poundland?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A photo shared on Facebook purports Prince Harry’s memoir, “Spare” is being sold at the British variety store Poundland.

Verdict: False

The image is digitally altered. A Poundland spokesperson confirmed that no branches of the store were selling the prince’s memoir in an email to Check Your Fact.

Fact Check:

The prince’s memoir sold 400,000 copies on its first day, making it the U.K.’s “fastest-selling nonfiction book ever,” according to The Guardian. Prior to its release, the book reached the number two spot on Amazon’s pre-sale list in the U.S. and the U.K., the Daily Mail reported.

The Facebook post, liked over 200 times, purports Prince Harry’s memoir, “Spare” is being sold at the British store Poundland. (RELATED: Did King Charles III Cede The Throne To Prince William?)

The image is digitally altered. The original photo of the British store was taken in 2018 and can be viewed on Shutterstock, featuring various item posters in the window. “Poundland is a British variety store chain founded in 1990, selling most items at the single price of £1, including clearance items and proprietary brands,” the photo’s caption reads.

There are no credible news reports suggesting Prince Harry’s memoir, “Spare” is being sold at the British store Poundland. Likewise, Poundland has not advertised the book on its website or associated social media accounts.

“There are no branches of Poundland selling this book. The picture is fake,” Poundland spokesperson Nick Agarwal told Check Your Fact in an email.

Prince Harry released his much-anticipated memoir, “Spare” Tuesday, detailing internal strife and his and his wife Meghan Markle’s feud with the Royal Family. according to NBC News. The book, which was published by Penguin Random House, is already on sale for half-price, Newsweek reported.

This is not the first time a false claim has been made in relation to the prince’s memoir. In November, Check Your Fact debunked a social media post purporting Prince Harry claimed bowling saved his life in the book.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter


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