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12 books written by the royals

From Spare by Prince Harry to Meghan Markle's debut The Bench

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Hollie Brotherton
Lifestyle & Commerce Senior Writer
Updated: January 5, 2023
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From Princess Kate's portrait book Hold Still to The Duchess of Sussex's debut children's story, The Bench, the royal family has offered up several good reads for book lovers to devour. But we expect none will be explosive as Prince Harry's tell-all memoir Spare, which is due to be released on 13 January.

And these royals aren't the only ones who have put pen to paper. From King Charles to Sarah Ferguson, there have been plenty published over the years. Keep scrolling to discover 12 books written by the royals that you can still find available online…

Prince Harry, Spare

Prince Harry Spare

Spare by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, £14, Amazon


In Harry's candid memoir, aptly titled Spare, he's set to reveal what life was really like growing up in the royal household. We expect he'll also offer a further insight into his life with Meghan and their two children Archie and Lilibet.

Duchess Meghan, The Bench

The Bench Meghan Markle

The Bench by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, from £8.99, Amazon


Inspired by Prince Harry and their son Archie, Meghan Markle's first children's book is about a father and son relationship as seen through a mother's eyes. The book is illustrated by award-winning artist Christian Robinson, and it's also available to listen to on Audible.

Duchess Meghan, Together: Our Community Cookbook

Together Community Kitchen

Together: Our Community Cookbook, £20, Amazon


In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017, a group of local women cooked meals for the neighbourhood. Calling themselves The Community Kitchen, Meghan went on to work closely with them and has written the foreword to their recipe book. It's packed full of simple dishes which have been passed down over generations.

Princess Kate, Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation

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Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation by The Duchess of Cambridge, £17.99, Amazon


Princess Kate launched the Hold Still project at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, inviting people of all ages from across the UK to submit a photographic portrait they had taken during lockdown. Focusing on three themes: Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness, the photobook includes 100 chosen submissions and will raise money for Mind and The National Portrait Gallery.

King Charles, Climate Change (A Ladybird Expert Book)

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Climate Change (A Ladybird Expert Book) by HRH The Prince of Wales, £6.49, Amazon


Along with environmentalist Tony Juniper and climate scientist Dr. Emily Shuckburgh, King Charles published a children's book on climate change in 2017. As an environmental leader for over forty years, he explains the challenges in a simple way that's easy for kids to understand.

Sarah, Duchess of York, Little Red

Fergie Little Red

Little Red by Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, £13.59, Amazon


New York Times bestselling author Sarah Furgerson has made a career of writing children's books. From Budgie the Helicopter to Little Red, you might even remember some of them from your own childhood. This Little Red story is set on an autumn afternoon at Buttercup Cottage and is all about lending a hand.

Sarah, Duchess of York, Ballerina Rosie

Ballerina Rosie book

Ballerina Rosie by Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, from £7.99, Amazon


Fergie's other release was Ballerina Rosie in 2012. It tells the story of a feisty little girl with big dreams to become a prima ballerina and teaches children they can do anything they set their mind to. 

Charles Spencer, The White Ship

The White Ship

The White Ship by Charles Spencer, £22.54, Amazon


Princess Diana's brother, Oxford University-educated Charles Spencer, has written several books on modern history. Most recently, he published a book last year on one of England's greatest disasters, the sinking of the White Ship and the repercussions that would change European history forever.

Pippa Middleton, Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends

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Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends by Pippa Middleton, £18.59, Amazon


In 2012, Pippa released a lifestyle guide on how to celebrate throughout the year. From weekend brunches to beach picnics to Christmas parties, it includes decorating ideas, favourite recipes and lots of personal tips and tricks.

Tom Parker Bowles, Fortnum and Mason: The Cook Book

Cook Book Tom

Fortnum and Mason: The Cook Book by Tom Parker Bowles, from £11.99, Amazon


The Duchess of Cornwall's son Tom is a professional chef who has collaborated with Fortnum & Mason on several bestselling recipe books. The Cook Book is full of delicious, contemporary British dishes with expert advice on ingredients.

Tom Parker Bowles, Fortnum & Mason: Time for Tea

Time For Tea book

Fortnum and Mason: Time For Tea by Tom Parker Bowles, from £9.99, Amazon


The perfect gift for any tea lover, Tom's latest book Time For Tea is all about how to make the most out of your cuppa, including how to make the perfect brew and a history of the hot drink. It doesn't get much more quintessentially British than this.

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Manners Begin at Breakfast

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Manners Begin at Breakfast by Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, from £10, Amazon


As a mother of five and founder of her successful eponymous clothing line, Marie-Chantal knows a thing or two about juggling it all. Her book offers advice on etiquette, table manners, party conversations and raising children.

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