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It was one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow—and horror. As Princess Diana was laid to rest, billions wondered what Prince William and Prince Harry must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on.
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For Harry, this is that story at last.
Before losing his mother, twelve-year-old Prince Harry was known as the carefree one, the happy-go-lucky Spare to the more serious Heir. Grief changed everything. He struggled at school, struggled with anger, with loneliness—and, because he blamed the press for his mother’s death, he struggled to accept life in the spotlight.
At twenty-one, he joined the British Army. The discipline gave him structure, and two combat tours made him a hero at home. But he soon felt more lost than ever, suffering from post-traumatic stress and prone to crippling panic attacks. Above all, he couldn’t find true love.
Then he met Meghan. The world was swept away by the couple’s cinematic romance and rejoiced in their fairy-tale wedding. But from the beginning, Harry and Meghan were preyed upon by the press, subjected to waves of abuse, racism, and lies. Watching his wife suffer, their safety and mental health at risk, Harry saw no other way to prevent the tragedy of history repeating itself but to flee his mother country. Over the centuries, leaving the Royal Family was an act few had dared. The last to try, in fact, had been his mother. . . .
For the first time, Prince Harry tells his own story, chronicling his journey with raw, unflinching honesty. A landmark publication, Spare is full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, has recently released his highly anticipated autobiography, "Spare," which offers an intimate look into his life and experiences, specifically his relationship with his family, the royal family and the media. The book, which was ghostwritten by Pulitzer Prize winner J.R. Moehringer, has been described as a "blockbuster memoir" and "compellingly artful."
The book opens with a vivid description of Balmoral Castle, in the Scottish Highlands, a favorite residence of Queen Elizabeth and the setting where Harry, at the age of twelve, was awakened by his father, Prince Charles, with the terrible news of his mother, Princess Diana's death. This event, as described in the book, had a profound impact on Harry and shaped his personality and determined the course of his life. Throughout the book, Harry reflects on the impact of his mother's death and how it has affected his relationship with his family, specifically his father and brother, Prince William.
One of the main themes of the book is the tension between Harry and the royal family, specifically Prince Charles and Prince William. Harry describes his father as a "figure of tragic pathos" and his older brother as "domineering and insecure" with a "wealth of other deficits." He also accuses Prince Charles' wife, Queen Camilla, of "sacrificing" him on her personal PR altar." and Prince William's wife, Kate, of being "haughty and cool."
Another theme of the book is the media's role in Harry's life and the tension between him and the press. Harry reflects on how the media's invasive tactics have affected his life and his decision to leave the royal family and move to America with his wife, Meghan Markle. He also accuses other members of the royal family of leaking and planting stories about him and his wife in the press.
The book also includes references to Shakespeare's play "Hamlet," specifically the themes of death, betrayal, and the royal family. Harry describes his family as a "death cult" and reflects on the irony of being a prince but feeling trapped in a role he never wanted. He also describes the royal family as "a more apt description of America" in reference to Hamlet's soliloquy "What a piece of work is a man."
In conclusion, "Spare" is a powerful and intimate look into Prince Harry's life and experiences, specifically his relationship with his family, the royal family and the media. The book offers an honest and raw account of the struggles and challenges he has faced and how they have shaped him as a person. The use of literature and metaphor, specifically the references to Shakespeare's play "Hamlet," adds depth and meaning to the book and highlights the universal themes of death, betrayal and the human condition.