Prince Harry named ‘real ginger spice’ as cheeky book reference leaves people in stitches

A number of people have been left baffled by Prince Harry’s reference to the Spice Girls in his new book Spare, and have dubbed the Duke of Sussex the ‘real ginger spice’

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Prince Harry’s new book Spare has proven to be chock-full of revelations, and, to the delight of ’90s music fans, also details his meeting with the Spice Girls as a youngster. The Duke, who was just 13-years-old when he met the iconic girl group back in 1997, recalled being ‘fixated’ by Baby Spice’s (Emma Bunton’s) white 12-inch platform heels, and also remembered how she kept pinching his cheeks.

The Spice Girl he felt the most connection with however was Ginger Spice, with her flaming red hair not unlike his own. The Prince and his father King Charles met the group while at a concert in South Africa, held in honour of Nelson Mandela.

In the book, Prince Harry, now 38, expressed surprise at being at a concert with his dad, who isn’t known to be a particular fan of pop culture.

He wrote: “Concert? Pa? Impossible to believe. Even more impossible while it was actually happening. But I saw it with my own eyes. Pa gamely nodding to the beat and tapping his foot,” reports.

The Duke then went on to quote some of the Spice Girls’ most famous lyrics from the song Wannabe, reciting: “If you want my future, forget my past/ If you wanna get with me, better make it fast”.

Prince Harry quoted some of the band’s most iconic lyrics in his book


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The excerpt was recently shared in a video by TikTok user Melissa Royle Critch, who jokingly dubbed Prince Harry ‘Sparey Spice’. Mellisa, who goes by the username @melissa.royle, filmed the page in question, zooming in on the instantly recognisable lyrics. Prince Harry’s narration of the memoir snippet can be heard playing in the background.

The vid has been liked more than 94.1K times and counting, with followers nicknaming Harry ‘the real ginger spice’ and ‘both ginger and posh spice’.

One hooked reader wrote: “Him narrating his time with the Spice Girls is iconic. The whole chapter is gold.”

Another commented: “He has a good sense of humour, no doubt this reference was deliberate.”

In the excerpt, Prince Harry touched upon his affinity with Ginger Spice, describing their ‘connection’ as ‘fellow gingers’.

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