Spare by Prince Harry

I have never “reviewed” an autobiography. I mean how do you rate someone’s life with a couple of stars?

Publisher’s Summary

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.

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.

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My Review

Spare is split into Harry’s three big life events. The death of his mother, the army, and his marriage. I enjoyed reading about the voyage of his life. The merely details, and his life’s viewpoint.

The Death of his Mother

Harry was one of us, not believing that his mother was dead. He thought she was in hiding and one day she would appear and save him, take him away. Harry believed this until one day in his adult life when he rode the tunnel at the same exact speed as his mother’s car.

The Army

Harry a royal in the army completes all the regular duties as a regular man. Training, and killing. Did people think he was just a doll soldier? Yes, they did. The press told the world where he was located in the middle of a war! And of course, he was a target: kill the price of England on site.

His Marriage

He fell in love with a black American actress. That is what they called her, “a black American actress” like she wasn’t anything more? A woman, educated, accomplished, independent. Anyways let me stop before I go on a tangent. I will never understand why speak ill of someone you’ve never met. Didn’t your parent teach you: “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?!

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She said: That was everything. She said: That is a man. My love. She said: That is not a Spare.

 Prince Harry, Spare

My problem has never been with the monarchy, nor the concept of monarchy. It’s been with the press and the sick relationship that’s evolved between it and the Palace. I love my Mother Country, and I love my family, and I always will. I just wish, at the second-darkest moment of my life, they’d both been there for me. And I believe they’ll look back one day and wish they had too.

 Prince Harry, Spare

Besides, I wasn’t crying because I believed my mother was in that hole. Or in that coffin. I promised myself I’d never believe that, no matter what anyone said.

No, I was crying at the mere idea.

It would just be so unbelievably tragic, I thought, if it was actually true.

 Prince Harry, Spare