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Prince Harry reportedly spent thousands of pounds on a first edition of 'Winnie the Pooh' as a gift for his nephew.

Prince Harry Treats Nephew to Expensive Disney Gift

Prince Harry has been a big topic these days, since the younger son of the late Princess Diana (and the younger brother of Prince William) has recently released his memoir entitled “Spare” after becoming estranged from the English royal family in recent years (mainly due to his marriage to actress Meghan Markle).

Not every Disney fan is a fan of ‘royal family’ news, but Disney fans will certainly be interested to know that Prince Harry actually reportedly spent at least £8,000 on a Disney-related purchase a few years ago!

Apparently, Prince Harry bought an original copy of the book “Winnie the Pooh”, from 1926, for £8,000, as a gift for his nephew Prince Louis back in 2018. The prince was inspired to choose the gift, which was for his nephew’s christening, by his mother.

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According to the British website called The Mirror, the inspiration for Harry’s gift mainly came from his own precious childhood memories of experiencing bedtime stories with his mother, the late Princess Diana (and Princess of Wales).

Princess Diana reportedly loved finding first editions, and “Winnie the Pooh” is a well-known classic (even though it has recently gotten some horrifying treatment).

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“WINNIE THE POOH”
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(L-R) Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore
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Spending so much money on a book might seem shocking to some people — and to anyone who has found themselves “priced out” of Disney vacations as the Walt Disney Company keeps increasing its prices — but to some bibliophiles or fans of Winnie the Pooh, spending nearly 10,000 dollars or pounds on an original copy of a book by A.A. Milne might just be worth it!

The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, had apparently been planning on “starting a little library of first editions for Louis, Charlotte and George to enjoy as they get older”. Furthermore, “he originally wanted to get Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass, which was on sale for £24,000, but decided Winnie-The-Pooh would be more suitable for a first tome”.

The Mirror also adds that “Robinson Crusoe was William’s favourite book, but Harry loved all things A.A. Milne.”

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Credit: A.A. Milne / E.H. Shepard

There were only 30,000 copies of “Winnie the Pooh” printed back in 1926, so this Disney-related first edition was certainly a rare find!

Did you know about the royal family’s affinity for classic books like this tale about Winnie the Pooh Bear and his adventures with his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!