Prince Harry has made no changes to his long-awaited memoir since the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died on September 8 at the age of 96. On October 27, Penguin Random House announced that the Duke of Sussex’s book, titled “Spare”, will be released on January 10.
“Despite all the tabloid reports about Harry allegedly ‘trashing’ his family (spoiler alert: he didn’t), the book actually offers a more sympathetic look at the realities of their nearly impossible existence,” said said Omid Scobie, best-selling author and royalty editor. wrote in his column for Yahoo! News UK Friday.
“There were no last-minute rewrites or edits after the Queen’s death either,” Scobie explained. “‘[The] The manuscript was completed nearly five months before the monarch’s death, a detail which will be acknowledged in a note at the beginning of the book.”
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According to Scobie, the 38-year-old will discuss “being the replacement”, or younger brother of the future king, as well as his decision to start a new life in America with his family. The book will also detail his time in the military, as well as what it was like to be on the front lines in Afghanistan.
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A spokesperson for the book revealed that it “will be released one month after the release of the Sussexes’ upcoming Netflix docuseries”.
Scobie acknowledged that the Royal Family were concerned about what Harry might reveal.
“No matter how carefully Harry shares the parts of his story involving other people, there is always a very real risk of serious backlash from the institution and the family,” Scobie wrote. “Palace aides recently spoke to me about the ‘genuine fear’ of senior members that this book would cause irrevocable damage to reputations and relationships. But, for Harry, [the book’s] a larger intention seems to make this risk worth taking.”
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“Hundreds of journalists, myself included, have written versions and fragments of the Duke’s story over the years,” Scobie explained. “It’s a story that as a working member of the royal family he has long been unable to tell himself. Now, having created an independent life for himself away from the confines of the royal institution, Harry finally has the chance to often inaccurately define freedom of speech.And no matter what you think of the man, it’s hard not to agree that he should have the right to that.
The editor shared that Harry’s story would be told with “raw and unflinching honesty” and filled with “insight, revelation, self-examination and hard-won wisdom about love’s undying power over sorrow”.
“For Harry, this is finally his story,” the editor added.
The title of the memoirs is an apparent reference to “heir and successor”, a phrase often used to describe royal siblings. Harry’s brother William is now Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne. When Harry was born he was right behind William in the line of succession but has since been pushed back. Their father, King Charles III, ascended the throne upon the Queen’s death.
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Royals watchers and the general public have speculated endlessly since the book was first announced in July 2021. Within hours of its announcement, “Spare” was in the top 10 of Amazon.com’s bestseller list.
The Duke of Sussex had already revealed a media willingness to discuss his private life when he and his wife Meghan Markle were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for an explosive show in March 2021. The couple spoke of the former American actress’ deep displeasure dealing with his new life in England, alleged racism within the royal family, and Harry’s fear that his wife’s life would be in danger had they remained in his homeland.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from royal duties in 2020 and moved to the United States. Harry told Winfrey that his family had cut him off financially and that he had helped pay for her security with money left to her by her mother. They have launched many initiatives, including a Netflix production deal and the non-profit Archewell Foundation.
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