Does Prince Harry Say ‘Bowling Saved My Life’ in Leaked Memoirs?

Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir is one of the most anticipated literary releases of all time, with rumors and speculation surrounding his content-consuming media cycles since its announcement in 2021.

Following the official announcement of its title and release date this week, memoirs began to grow on social media, with users not only discussing the book’s content but also uploading memes and satirical posts.

A Twitter user posted a snippet of text suggesting it was a leaked passage from the memoirs in which the prince claims ‘bowling saved my life’, but is the snippet genuine?

Prince Harry pictured at a one-off event, October 7, 2016. And (inset) the cover of his forthcoming memoir ‘Spare’.
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On October 27, Twitter user Carols Greaves job two pictures; an illustrating promotional material for Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir; the second, a screenshot of text written with the royal’s voice.

The author, who is implied to be Harry, recounts an evening when he was saved from the thought of ending his own life when he fell into a bowing room, ultimately claiming that “bowling me saved his life.”

The implied snippet reads as follows:

Megan and I had just decided to leave the royal family and it was a really dark time for us. One day I was wandering the streets of Los Angeles, a 40 oz in one hand and a gun in the other, ready to end it all, when I saw a building with a neon sign that said Hollywood Star lanes. So I decided “fuck it” and walked in.

Inside they were playing this game I had never heard of called “Bowling”. I guess it’s quite popular in America. You grab a big, heavy ball and roll it towards a group of pins that you’re trying to knock down. When you’re in the bowling alley, everything else fades away and there’s only the sound of balls rolling down the lanes and bowling pins falling. It’s like yoga but for the badass. Needless to say I was hooked.

Bowling saved my life that day.

The tweet includes the caption: “Y’all this book is crazy.”

As of Friday, October 28, it has garnered over a quarter of a million likes and been shared at least 25,000 times.


Prince Harry has announced that he will publish a memoir in July 2021 through a collaboration with publishers Penguin Random House.

In a statement released at the time, Harry said he was writing the book “not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become”, and was “excited for people to read a first-hand account of my life”. it is accurate and completely true.”

An update on the book was provided over a year later, with the publication date of January 10, 2023 and the title Spare announced on October 27, 2022.

Penguin Random House described the book as a “historic publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about love’s undying power over heartbreak.”

Along with this announcement, a short summarizing paragraph was posted alongside a promotional image of the book jacket. He read:

It was one of the most poignant images of the 20th century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sadness and horror. As Diana, Princess of Wales was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling, and how their lives would unfold from then on.

For Harry, it’s finally that story.

Apart from this information, no other details as to the contents of the book have been released, including official excerpts.

This also applies to the passage “quoted” in the Twitter message: it was not taken from Harry’s next book, but made up as a joke.

Carlos Greaves, the Twitter user who posted the viral snippet, is a US-based satirical writer who contributes to onion and author of the next book Spoilers: Essays that could ruin your favorite Hollywood movies.

In a Tweet linked below Prince Harry’s viral snippet, Greaves seemed to underscore the satirical nature of the post, writing, “Follow me for more silly stuff like this, and if you like books, check out the one that I write!”

The excerpt’s joking claim that bowling saved Harry’s life comes after the prince titled his memoir Spare. In the sport of bowling, a reserve is a technical term for when a player knocks down all the pins after two balls.

Satire of Prince Harry's Memoirs
Prince Harry photographed in England, September 13, 2018.
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This post was created by satirical writer Carlos Greaves, known for producing humorous content based on pop culture moments.

The Tweet appearing to show a leaked excerpt from Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir was written by Greaves, with the bowling reference removed from the book’s title, Spare.

The royal does not claim ‘bowling saved my life’ in any officially released documents associated with his memoir.

Newsweek approached Greaves and representatives of Penguin Random House for comment.


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