From the Desk of Vicky Ward: The Real Mystery about Prince Harry’s “Spare”


How is a New York-based British reporter getting his hands on early copies of all the hottest books?

I promised that in 2023, along with bigger reports, I’d give you a glimpse of what happens when I sit at my desk. Well, right now, I’m mulling how to crack a mystery.

No, it isn’t why Prince William was reportedly so annoyed about the “difficult,” “rude,” and “abrasive” Meghan Markle that he reportedly thumped his brother Harry.

It’s this: Why is it that, for the past four or five years, a New York-based British reporter for the Guardian ALWAYS gets hold of embargoed copies of hot, controversial books days, if not weeks, before everyone else does—and thus is able to break the juicy gossip inside the covers, thereby destroying the publisher’s carefully-planned rollouts and kiboshing TV exclusives?