Prince Harry watches The Crown

Prince Harry has been on TV quite a lot lately.

If you hadn’t noticed, he has a book out, and to promote Spare he’s embarked on a number of TV interviews in the last few days including an extensive sit down with Tom Bradbury on ITV in the UK and a CBS 60 Minutes interview in the US.

He has also appeared on a chat show in the US, speaking to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show about his book Spare, which was released on Tuesday. Much of the detail from the book began to emerge last week after leaked copies and translated Spanish copies of the book made their way into the British and global press leading to days of headlines surrounding the claims made in the book.

However, one area that hadn’t been spoken about appeared to be the Netflix series The Crown, which released its penultimate series, season five, this autumn. And, asking the question that everyone wants to know the answer to on his chat show, Stephen Colbert asked Harry whether he watched the show…

“You’ve got to have watched some of The Crown, right?” asked Stephen Colbert.

“Yes, I have actually watched The Crown,” replied Harry.

When asked to clarify whether he’d seen the recent stuff or the older stuff Harry replied: “the older stuff, and the more recent stuff.”

Colber continued: “Do you fact-check it while you watch it?.”

Harry mimed taking notes, smiled and replied: “Yes I do actually!”

Adding while pointing to a copy of his book: “Which, by the way, is another reason why it’s important that history has it right.”

In December 2022, Netflix released a six-part documentary called Harry & Meghan where the pair talked about their relationship with each other, the British Royal Family and the press. The show garnered a lot of attention in the press and went on to be the streaming services’ biggest-watched show in the UK of the year. Netflix added a disclaimer to the series saying that it was a “fictional dramatisation” and “inspired by real-life events” after criticism from some people that the show was not an accurate portrayal of events.

Spare, which was released on Tuesday has immediately become the fastest-selling non-fiction book in British history, selling 400,000 copies on its first day of release.

Larry Finlay, the managing director of Transworld Penguin Random House told The Guardian, said: “We always knew this book would fly but it is exceeding even our most bullish expectations.

“As far as we know, the only books to have sold more in their first day are those starring the other Harry [Potter].”