All the Ways Prince Harry’s Memoir ‘Spare’ Could Blow Up King Charles

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In choosing a one-word title Additional for his memoirsPrince Harry has made it clear that the reserves of boiling anger he has shown towards his family of origin in various interviews since he left the royal family will fully unearthed in his upcoming book, to be published January 10, 2023.

The title is a reference to the cold phrase that English aristocratic families, often sarcastically, used to describe the supposed luck of having two sons; The family in question is said to have “one heir and one spare.”

King Charles’s office said it would not comment on the book (or its title) but it certainly does deep question what the book can, can and will reveal.

These are just a few of the issues that are sure to occupy royal minds this weekend….

Emotional abuse

It was clear to Harry that he felt he was forget love by his father, but if he goes a step further and accuses the king of bullying, belittling or abusing his feelings, that could represent a very serious obstacle to his mission. King Charles in making himself a famous, respectable figure.

In his material on mental health, I you can’t see, Harry told co-producer Oprah Winfrey: “My father used to tell me when I was little, he used to say to both me and William, ‘Well, I am, so it will be for you. ‘ That does not make sense. Just because you suffer, it doesn’t mean your child has to suffer. Actually quite the opposite. If you do suffer, do all you can to make sure that whatever negative experience you’ve had, you can make it right for your child. “

Does he apply this logic in every way — and accuse Charles of mental cruelty at work?

There’s definitely more than one hint of that in the title, Additionalcarries with it an implication that Harry is not valued as a person in his previous life as a member of the royal family.

When and from whom did Harry first hear that his primary constitutional role in the family was an urgent substitute for his brother? Did your father ever use the word fate in your face?

Royal Racism

In the family famous joint interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry and Meghan privately suggested that Harry was asked racist questions about the color of skin that might be of their unborn children. Meghan said “concerns” about the matter have been raised. But their accounts of when and how this happened differed so dramatically that their critics were then able to use these differences to vandalize the account, a supportive agenda by many other questionable assertions made in that interview and others (such as Meghan’s strange statement in Cut that she was told her wedding was greeted in South Africa with the same glee as Nelson Mandela’s deliverance).

With the queen now gone, if Harry really wanted to deal a killer blow to his father, then explicitly calling him a royal racist would be one way to do it. However, it would be contrary to the oath made in that interview to take the person’s identity down to his grave. In addition, Harry may decide to expose other examples of racist behavior or racist jokes perpetrated by high-ranking royals, giving new impetus to the debate and broader context. than.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry, and the Prince of Wales then followed the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Diana’s Death

Notably, Penguin Random House placed Diana’s funeral front and center their public documents for the book, said: “Additional takes readers immediately back to one of the most poignant images of the twentieth century: two boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sadness – and horror. “

The fundamental framing of Harry and William’s involvement in the funeral in this way makes it very likely that Harry will accuse his father of forcing him to participate openly in those events 25 years ago.

Harry previously suggested to Oprah that he was traumatized by the event, saying, “For me, the thing I remember most is the sound of hooves running along the sidewalk. Along the shopping mall, red brick road. By this point, we were both shocked. It’s like I’m outside of my body and just walking away doing what’s expected of me, expressing a tenth of the emotions everyone else is expressing. I thought, ‘This is my mother. You have never even met her. ‘”

Also, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered around the behavior of the royals surrounding Diana’s death, in particular, how does it feel to be awakened in Balmoral and told that his mother is dead? We know Charles told the boys, but did he do it sensitively? Are they allowed to watch television coverage of events in London? And does he agree with Princess Anne’s 2017 Review that the queen “did exactly the right thing” by keeping the boys in Scotland for as long as possible?

The inside story of the breakdown of his parents’ marriage… and his father’s love affair with Camilla

The uncomfortable truth for Charles is that he cheated on Diana with Camilla for most of his first marriage. Although the couple is currently happily married and predicts an easy picture of family happiness, Diana feels, as she speaks very clearly to both Martin Bashir (in Overview interview) and Andrew Morton (in the book Diana: Her True Story) that she was cruelly and loathed by Charles and Camilla as they conducted their romance under her nose.

What does Harry look like? How did he respond to the fact that both his father and mother admitted to being unfaithful in television interviews? Did he challenge any of them? Will he be able to forgive Camilla? Would he hold her partially responsible for the chain of events that led to Diana’s death?

The Daily Beast understands that Charles keep the invitation to his coronation, and titles to Harry and Meghan’s children, until he saw what Harry had to do with Camilla’s reputation in the book.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the Endeavor Fund Awards Ceremony at Mansion House on March 5, 2020, in London, England.

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Meghan and her influence

It will be interesting to see how much Harry attributes his decision to leave the royal family to be influenced by Meghan, and how much he says he is the manipulator of that seismicity. As for Meghan herself, what will Harry say about her place in his life, and what she told Oprah she suffered at the hands of the royals.

Charles ‘unfit to be king

Diana Princess famous also told Martin Bashir in her 1995 interview that Charles was not removed from the role of king.

When asked if Charles wanted to be king, she said, “There is always a conflict on that subject with him when we discuss it, and I understand that conflict, because it is a role. very demanding, being the Prince of Wales, but it requires even more than being king. And being Prince of Wales now offers more freedom, and being king is a little more oppressive. And because I know the character, I would think that the top job, as I call it, will bring enormous limitations to him, and I don’t know if he can adapt to that. “

When asked if Crown should skip a generation, she said: “William is very young right now, so would you want such a burden to be placed on his shoulders at such an age? So I can’t answer that question… My wish is for my husband to find peace in his soul, from there to do other things, yes.”

Did Harry feel the same way?

Harry’s journey from good to bad

Diana’s royal guard Ken Wharfe said that when Harry was about 5 years old, he was arguing with William on a car ride, when he turned to his brother and said, “You will be king.. But I can do what I want.” Indeed, for many years, Harry seemed to enjoy his role as the carefree, cheerful older brother, enjoying the many privileges of a regal life without the burdens of the Crown. How and when that changes will be an interesting topic for the book to explore.

Prince Harry and Prince William attend the unveiling of their mother’s statue at The Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace on July 1, 2021, her 60th birthday.

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Harry’s feud with William

Over the past three years, much has been written about the breakdown of Harry and William’s relationship, and it seems inconceivable that Harry will not address this issue. The boys are said to be close enough to finish each other’s sentences, but the relationship seems to have soured after Harry felt William was not welcoming Meghan adequately.

The pettiness of the feud is already one of its hallmarks, and it will be interesting to see if Harry takes Meghan’s hand in place of the famous question of who cried while trying on a bridesmaid dress. Meghan claimed Kate made her cry, but refused to allow the press to say the opposite happened to make amends.

Rumors James Hewitt

Harry will have to discuss his mother’s relationships if he wants this to be really the honest account of his life he talks about. That may make it impossible for him to avoid the subject of the lingering paternity chatter that has dogged Harry for years; At least confronting the Hewitt rumor will disappoint a lot of people.

As one media executive recently told the Daily Beast: “Netflix doesn’t care about Meghan’s quest for social justice. They just want to know if James Hewitt is Harry’s dad.”

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend the annual Chelsea Flower show at the Royal Chelsea Hospital on May 18, 2015, in London, England.

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Harry’s relationship with the queen

Harry made a strange comment in an interview with Hoda Kotb earlier this year, said he has a special relationship with the queen and that she talked to him “about things she can’t tell anyone else.”

The remarks were greeted with embarrassment by many in the royal family. Will Harry now reveal the nature of those private conversations? And how did the queen express her displeasure when he left for California? Did she ever scold him?

So what has changed?

Harry’s memoirs were originally slated to be published this year, and publication was moved to January, missing the lucrative Christmas market, suggesting that significant changes were made after the one. the queen’s relatively unexpected death in September. Of course, it would be odd if the book didn’t include a reflection on her legacy or didn’t change the tenses after her death.

But while a narrative has gathered the strength that Harry has tried tone down the memoir it’s hard to see logic in it; conversely, the queen seems to be the only person in the royal family that Harry actually obeys; His respect and fear of upsetting her may have made him more impulsive to damage his father’s reputation. Publishers are unlikely to have agreed to the removal of material disclosures that would make the book a less commercial proposition.

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