Prince Harry’s tell-all book Spare raised eyebrows round the world with colorful disclosure about his frost-nipped penis and an allusion to having sex with Meghan at Soho House, the London hotel and private members’ club.
But aside from headline-grabbing titbits about his ‘todger’, the book contained a wealth of intriguing and highly personal revelations you might have missed.
Here are Mailonline’s top nine eye-opening takeaways from Spare:
1. Harry ‘peed his pants’ before first date with Meghan
Harry needed a wee during a five-hour boat race with no toilet and tried to relieve himself over the side. But ‘stage fright’ intervened and he ‘peed himself’ before meeting Meghan for the first time at Soho House
Harry had taken part in a five hour sailing race before his very first date with Meghan, to whom he’d been introduced through Instagram.
But when nature called, he was appalled to discover there were no facilities aboard. He attempted to relieve himself into the sea, but got ‘stage fright’ and couldn’t do it.’ Finally I went back to my post, sheepishly hung from the ropes, and peed my pants,’ he wrote: ‘Wow, I thought, if Ms. Markle could see me now.’
The Duke washed his soiled trousers in the water before rushing back rush back to London to meet Meghan. The rest, as they say, is history.
2. William planned to shave Harry on his stag do
Harry claimed his older brother was jealous and ‘livid’ because the Queen had allowed him to keep his bushy red beard for his wedding, while Harry was ordered to shave his off before his wedding to Kate Middleton in accordance with royal protocol.
The Duke of Sussex then discovered that William planned to take revenge by forcibly shaving off his beard so both brothers were bare-cheeked on their wedding day.
Harry said wanted to enjoy the traditional pre-nuptual party and use it an an opportunity to ‘de-stress’. But instead he had to he didn’t get too drunk while keeping a wary eye on his big brother.
Reminiscing about his stag do, Harry writes that his brother William had planned to shave off his beard on his stag do
The Queen allowed Harry to keep his beard for his 2018 wedding. He suggests his brother William was ‘livid’ about the decision
Queen comes back as a hummingbird
Harry wrote that he wished he could say ‘one more goodbye’ to his grandmother after arriving at Balmoral too late to see her before she died.
Back at home in California after the funeral, a hummingbird got into his Montecito home,. Harry didn’t think anything of it until a friend told him it could be a sign, and that Spanish explorers called them ‘resurrection birds’.
He then questioned whether he had just had a visit from the late Queen, writing: ‘I thought hopefully, greedily, foolishly: Is our house a detour—or a destination?’
He then thought about letting the bird stay before deciding against it and setting it free instead.
Harry wrote of the Queen’s feelings on his children: ‘She’d expected them to be a bit more…American, I think? Meaning, in her mind, more rambunctious’
What The Queen thought of Archie and Lilibet
In Spare, Harry recalled a bittersweet memory – the last time his son Archie and his daughter Lilibet (named after his grandmother) saw the Queen before her passing.
He said that Archie was bowing to the late monarch while Lilibet attached herself to the Queen’s shins.
His grandmother was delighted and described them as the ‘sweetest children’.
Harry wrote: ‘She’d expected them to be a bit more…American, I think? Meaning, in her mind, more rambunctious.’
Holding Meghan’s hair back while she was sick
Prince Harry wrote about introducing Meghan to his cousin Princess Eugenie and her now-husband Jack Brooksbank.
Meghan had cooked them salmon and they chatted about her TV show Suits and travel destinations.
After they began drinking tequila, Meghan said she was not feeling well and went to bed early.
Harry’s first reaction was that Meghan was a ‘lightweight’, but he woke up to hear his future wife throwing up in the bathroom.
The Duchess had suffered a reaction to the squid she had eaten for lunch at a restaurant. Meanwhile Harry did the gentlemanly thing and held back her hair while she was vomiting.
He wrote: ‘I rubbed her back and eventually put her to bed. Weak, near tears, she said she’d imagined a very different end to Date Four.’
Charles listens to ‘storybooks’ in the bath
The future King’s bath-time habits also got a mention when harry revealed that Charles likes to take a portable CD player to the bathroom with him.
He recalled an incident from childhood, saying: ‘Pa was carrying his “wireless,” which is what he called his portable CD player, on which he liked to listen to his “storybooks” while soaking.’
The Queen wore ear plugs to block out music at her Diamond Jubilee concert
As the concert to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee wore on, Harry was suffering with a headache, presumably not helped by Paul McCartney singing ‘Her Majesty’ and Queen’s guitarist Brian May blasting out ‘God Save the Queen’ .
Then he looked over to the late monarch, who was dancing away and not apparently growing tired.
On closer inspection, Harry said he noticed that the Queen could not hear anything, because she wore yellow coloured earplugs to block out the ‘loud’ music.
He wrote: ‘More than ever before, I wanted to give my Granny a hug.’
Harry said he noticed that the Queen could not hear anything at her Diamond Jubilee concert as she wore yellow coloured earplugs to block out the ‘loud’ music
Harry got stoned after his first date with Meghan
Harry divulged that he met up with a friend after his date with Meghan to discuss the nights events – and ‘out came the tequila. Out came the weed.’
They sat and watched the cartoon film Inside Out and Harry described himself as feeling numb ,before writing: ‘good weed dude’.
He then panicked when his phone rang. It was an impromptu video call from Meghan, which he answered.
Harry said that he ‘loved’ Meghan’s freckles before she went on to claim that they would be edited out ‘every time’ she got snapped.
The King’s favourite aftershave
Prince Harry revealed his father’s favourite aftershave is the classic 1960 Dior fragrance Eau Sauvage, which he would ‘slather’ on.
Harry said the aftershave was ‘flowery, with a hint of something harsh, like pepper or gunpowder.’
He added that the bottle said that the product was made in Paris which made him ‘think of mummy’.