FACT CHECK: Is This A Real Excerpt From Prince Harry’s Memoir ‘Spare?’

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purports Prince Harry recounted a story about being traumatized when his father, King Charles III, played “got your nose” with him as a child in his memoir “Spare.”

Verdict: False

The claim is false. The claim originates via a Facebook page named Belfast Media, which has previously posted humorous content about the prince.

Fact Check:

Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, “had gentle” concerns about his memoir, “Spare,” and was “a little hesitant” for the book to be released, according to the New York Post. The prince released his memoir, which details fighting within the Royal Family, on Jan. 10, NBC News reported.

The Facebook post purports Prince Harry included a passage in his memoir recounting how he’d been traumatized during a game of “got your nose” with his father as a child. “When I was a child, my father grabbed at my nose then pulled away with his thumb between his fingers saying ‘I’ve got your nose’ I thought I had been badly disfigured, and the torment haunts me even now,” the purported passage reads.

The claim is false. There are no credible news reports suggesting the prince’s memoir contains such a passage. Likewise, a search of the prince’s memoir on Amazon reveals no such passage. In addition, the claim has neither been mentioned by Buckingham Palace nor the Archewell Foundation Prince Harry shares with his wife, Markle.

The claim appears to originate via a Facebook page named Belfast Media. The page includes a “Just for fun” designation and is followed by over 100,000 Facebook users. (RELATED: Did Prince Harry Claim Bowling Saved His Life?)

The page previously shared a post with a quote attributed to Prince Harry about his childhood relationship with his brother, Prince William. The post, which was shared on Jan. 10, indicates it’s a joke and not factual in the caption.

Check Your Fact has contacted Prince Harry through his and Markle’s Archewell Foundation website and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

This is not the first misinformation about the prince’s memoir has circulated online. Check Your Fact Previously debunked a social media post purporting “Spare” is being sold at the British variety store Poundland.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter