US star talks Harry and Meghan’s ‘smash and grab’ amid Spare release

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The former Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel shared her thoughts on Prince Harry’s hotly-anticipated book release, which is said to have sparked concerns amongst the Royal Family. The SkinnyGirl founder questioned the name of his memoir, adding she didn’t feel it was appropriate.

The entrepreneur admitted she was going on a “rant” about the Duke of Sussex’s decision to release his forthcoming tell-all on January 10, set to be an account of “raw, unflinching honesty” from Harry, who sensationally left his senior royal role, and his life in the UK, with his wife Meghan Markle in 2020.

The 52-year-old said she doesn’t doubt the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are good people with the best intentions but has suggested their recent decisions could be viewed as a “smash and grab”.

Bethenny claimed the new book should not have been called “Spare” as she questioned the couple’s desire for privacy, as she spoke out in her podcast Just B on October 3.

“Harry’s new book is coming out and it’s called Spare. He could have named it ‘share,’ or ‘overshare'”, Bethenny mused. “It’s not a good name for a book for that person.”

The businesswoman went on to share that despite having no idea about the content of the book she felt the title was a “bad name”.

She continued: “Spare says to me, spare heir, woe is me, the extra heir. In families, it’s terrible, they say, ‘oh, I have the spare kid.’

“Spare doesn’t have a good connotation. It’s very woe is me. No one wants to hear wealthy people, royal family members, famous people, or people in a position of power – complain. At all.

“Even if it’s justified, nobody wants to hear high-profile people complain.”

Bethenny also shared concerns about the pair’s long-term decision making adding it felt like a “smash and grab job”.

She explained while there is “money to be made in the immediate” the royal couple should “calmly get their story out”.

“This feels like a smash and grab job,” the podcast host commented, “They could have played the long game.”

The former reality star added while it is tempting to appear on Oprah, produce podcasts and books, the businesswoman urged the duo to be patient and take their time telling their story.


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Harry and Meghan have sought to become financially independent since the pair stepped down from their roles as senior royals two years ago.

As they are no longer “working royals,” Harry and Meghan are free to make their own income.

The couple were not paid for the interview with Oprah, but since moving to the US they have made deals with streaming services Netflix and Spotify.

There has been speculation that these deals are worth millions.

They have also set up an organisation called Archewell, which has production arms alongside a non-profit foundation.

Harry’s publisher, Penguin Random House, revealed details of the Duke of Sussex’s memoir last week after it announced that the 416-page memoir will document his journey from “trauma to healing”.

The book, it is thought, will explore Harry’s perspective from Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 right up to his decision to leave the Firm two years ago.

Spare was initially due to be published in the autumn but was delayed until the new year after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.

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