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10th Jan 2023

Prince Harry used to love shopping at TK Maxx

Sarah McKenna Barry

Haz loves a good bargain.

If you’ve been following the entertainment news cycle this week, you’ll know that one man and one book have been dominating headlines.

I am of course talking about Spare, Prince Harry’s memoir, which was released on Tuesday.

In an unprecedented move for a member of the royal family, Harry goes into detail in the book, revealing arguments and anecdotes and insights into life in the monarchy.

Needless to say, fans have been taken aback by some of the book’s revelations, and one of the most surprising accounts involves the Prince’s penchant for bargain shopping.

At one point in the memoir, Harry describes how he would look forward to shopping at the discount store, despite receiving a clothing allowance from King Charles.

He wrote: “Each year I received from Pa an official clothing allowance, but that was strictly for formal wear. Suits and ties, ceremonial outfits.

“For my everyday clothes, I’d go to TK Maxx, the discount store. I was particularly fond of their once-a-year sale, when they’d be flush with items from Gap or J Crew, items that had just gone out of season or were slightly damaged.”

Harry then shared his tricks of the trade.

“If you timed it just right, got there on the first day of the sale, you could snag the same clothes that others were paying top prices for down the high street! With two hundred quid you could look like a fashion plate.”

Elsewhere in Spare, Harry recalls his relationship with Caroline Flack, which he described as “tainted” due to the invasive nature of the British press.

Writing about their time together, he said: “She was described in one paper as my ‘bit of rough’, because she once worked in a factory or something.

“Jesus, I thought, are we really such a country of insufferable snobs? We kept on, I think, because we genuinely enjoyed each other’s company, and because we didn’t want to admit defeat.”

He added: “But the relationship was tainted, irredeemably, and in time we realised it just wasn’t worth the grief and harassment. Especially for her family. Goodbye, we said. Goodbye and good luck.”

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