Prince Harry broke the Guinness record for fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time with his autobiography The Substitute , which appeared on bookstore shelves earlier this week.
The controversial memoir sold 1.43 million copies on its first day of release. for sale in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada, the Guinness World Record said on its site.
The record was previously held by former US President Barack Obama for his autobiography “A promised land”, released in 2020 and which had sold 887,000 copies on the day of its release.
“The first full day of sales for Le Suppléant represents the most sales total for a non-fiction book ever published by Penguin Random House,” the book's publisher also confirmed in a statement.
According to the Guinness World Record, the figures are p particularly impressive as most of the juicy details had been unveiled a few days before the January 10 release.
Across all categories, the fastest-selling book in history is the latest installment from J.K Rowling's Harry Potter saga, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” which sold 8.3 million copies on its release day in 2007.