Prince Harry mistakenly recited lyrics to Christina Aguilera's 'Genie in a Bottle'

Prince Harry is irritating his audience in some way. In the audiobook of his new memoir , Spare , the Duke of Sussex recites lyrics from Christina Aguilera's debut single "Genie in a Bottle," just like his cover of the Spice Girls' "Wannabe" ” is both a gift and a curse. The 1999 song came out at a house party in Los Angeles—shortly after he was doing shrooms with Courteney Cox—when he thought he was about to be introduced to the pop star, possibly because The "joint" he just tapped.

"Someone tapped me on the shoulder and said they wanted me to meet Christina Aguilera," he said. "Oh, hello, Christina. She looks pretty macho. No, obviously I heard wrong, that's not Christina Aguilera, it's the guy she co-wrote a song with. I Know the lyrics? Did he tell me the lyrics?" Harry then goes on to recite the main hook, "I'm a genie in a bottle, you gotta rub me the right way," like in a Shakespeare piece. However, he omits the alluring "baby" and "honey" at the end of each line. "Anyway, he made a ton of money from those lyrics and is now living the high life," he concluded of the songwriter. "Good for you, man."

Harry didn't clarify which songwriter he spoke to, but "Genie in a Bottle" was co-written by David Frank, Steve Kipner and Pamela Shane. Given how Harry describes the subject as a man, the reader can narrow it down to two suspects: Frank and Kipner. While the memoir contains some bombshell revelations about the royal family and his childhood, perhaps the funniest parts of Spare are found in his audiobooks Genie in a Bottle and Wanted.

In another chapter, Harry writes about meeting the Spice Girls on the red carpet before their 1999 South Africa concert, recalling Emma Bunton "keep pinching" his cheeks , while Victoria Beckham "rushed forward and grabbed my hand." Apparently, he got his Spice Girls fandom from his father, King Charles III, and he was surprised to see his dad start "Wannabe" on the show. "Concert? Dad? Unbelievable," he wrote. "When it actually happened, it was even less likely. But I saw it with my own eyes, dad bravely nodding his head to the beat and tapping his feet."

Prince Harry and King Charles III with the Spice Girls in 1997. WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images

Clearly, members of the royal family love to spice up their lives.