Prince Harry Book: In his new memoir, “Spare,” Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and Man About Montecito, explains that he isn’t one for the book study. And yet its pages are sprinkled with literary references, from John Steinbeck (“He kept it tight,” the prince writes admiringly of “Of Mice and Men”); to William Faulkner, whose line from “Requiem for a Nun” about the past never being dead, nor even history, he discovers on BrainyQuote.com; to Wordsworth and other poets.
But “Hamlet” by Shakespeare came a little too close to home. “Lonely prince sees surviving parent fall in love with dead parent’s usurper while fascinated with a dead parent,” Harry composes. “Thanks, but no.”
He prefers to lose himself in TV comedies like “Friends,” where he empathizes with the tortured Chandler Bing, and “Family Guy,” where he admires Stewie, the unsettlingly adult baby. However, after reading “Spare,” one almost wants to press a copy of Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22” into his hands instead of the remote control.
Not because of Harry’s military activities—unlike Yossarian, he doesn’t seem to have felt sane outside of active combat—but rather because of the situation’s apparent inevitability of absurdity.
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The prince has only become more renowned, if not more regal, in his full-throated repudiation of fame and royalty with all its terrible breaches of privacy, surrendering his proximity to the throne for the No. 1 seat on cushy recliners opposite Oprah and Anderson Cooper.
He and the Duchess may have already overexposed themselves with “Harry & Meghan,” the translucent Netflix series that came before this book. (Perhaps this is part of the grand scheme to bore curious minds out of their brains and drive them away?)
After the reign of past renouncers like Edward and Wallis and the radically disordered Princess Margaret, who “could kill a houseplant with one scowl,” as Harry puts it, my interest in the English royal family tends to wane.
Margaret once gave him a cheap pen wrapped in a rubber fish as a Christmas gift, but they weren’t particularly close. Early episodes of “The Crown” were to die for, but Season 5, emphasizing Charles and Diana’s marital issues, had me subtly yawning.
But given that “Spare” was written with the assistance of the talented writer J.R. Moehringer, whose own memoir, “The Tender Bar,” I adored before it was even a glint in Ben Affleck’s eye, and who assisted the tennis player Andre Agassi’s autobiography, “Open,” in going beyond the locker room, I still anticipated enjoying it. I did, too, In pieces.
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The publication of Prince Harry’s memoir, “Spare,” had been eagerly anticipated, with leaked chapters and interviews conducted before the book’s release. A Royal Rift’s specifics The book depicts a House of Windsor that is fatally split. Any short-term hopes for Harry and his family to reconcile appear to be dashed by its publication.
Use of Psychedelics: In his autobiography, Harry discusses using psychedelics to help him cope with his mother’s passing. What is known regarding their efficacy is listed below. The ghostwriter, J.R. Moehringer, is known for his rigorous work habits, as well as his sense of humor and convictions. He is renowned for his discretion as well.
A Random Rollout Before the book was published, numerous leaks and interview snippets made it difficult for the publisher to maintain control while generating early interest.
Harry’s distinctively English voice occasionally oddly battles the staccato patois of a tough-talking private eye providing voice-over in a noir movie (he dislikes kilts because of “that worried knife in your sock and that breeze up your arse,” for example). His “Gan-Gan” was at Balmoral, and he recalled: “She wore blue, I remember, all blue… Her favorite color was blue. The Queen Mother then places a martini order like a gun moll.
Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, whose death in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in 1997 while being pursued by paparazzi is the defining tragedy of his life and, consequently, of this book, is the murder Harry is attempting to solve.
The click of cameras used by paparazzi, as he mockingly refers to them, began to sound “like a rifle cocking or a blade being notched open” to her younger son, who was just 12 at the time. He appears to be retaliating manually with his iPhone, judging by the abundance of official photos of the couple’s courtship and children in “Harry & Meghan.”
Diana used water balloons to defend against the deluge of cameras and a more sinister strategy of hiding in the trunks of getaway cars, which Harry eventually learned. He writes, “It was like being in a coffin.” I wasn’t concerned.
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In this picture, Harry, a little child wearing overalls and a red shirt, is being held by Princess Diana, who is wearing a light yellow dress. Princess Diana and Harry as a child in 1987.
The prince, engulfed in a “red mist” of grief and rage, first turns to candy before turning to alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, mushrooms, and ayahuasca, as the hated tabloids report with varying degrees of accuracy. (More subtly, he tries magnesium supplements; I don’t think it’s necessary to mention that this caused his bowels to lose at a friend’s wedding.)
In addition to Harry’s deployment to Afghanistan, where he notes that “you can’t kill people if you think of them as people,” he frequently flees to Africa, where the lions appear less dangerous than the domestic journalistic predators.
He writes that Willy, who calls him Harold even though his given name is Henry, stamps his foot over choosing the continent as a cause in one of the book’s funnier passages. Harry says in a tone that echoes his brother’s petulance, “Africa was his thing. Why won’t you let me have African elephants and rhinos if I allow you to have veterans?
He sardonically criticizes the Princess of Wales for taking her time to share her lip gloss while pointing out Willy’s “alarming baldness, more advanced than my own.” He candidly portrays the then-Prince Charles performing headstands while wearing boxer shorts and his family’s charade of an annual performance assessment, the Court Circular.
“Spare” is as erratic emotionally as it is physically, much like its author. In other words, he does not maintain it tight. Just before William weds Kate Middleton, Harry is candid and hilarious when his penis becomes frostbitten following a trip to the North Pole — “my South Pole was on the fritz” — leaving him with a “eunuch.”
In an unusual act of projection, he presents the groom with an ermine thong at the reception and, before finding a discreet dermatologist, applies to his nether regions the Elizabeth Arden cream that his mother had previously used as lip gloss (“‘weird’ doesn’t do the feeling justice”).
Therapy, in which he believes William refuses to engage, and a whiff of First by Van Cleef & Arpels, help Harry learn to cry, unleashing a stream of repressed recollections of Diana, and that’s when even the most hardened reader might herself tear. Charles is left chilly by his perfume, Dior’s Eau Sauvage, and his marriage to Camilla.
It’s hard not to concur, though, when his father tells Meghan not to read the relentless and frequently racist news coverage of Harry and Meghan’s union (“Don’t read it, darling boy”).
The last section of the prince’s tell-all devolves into a tiresome back-and-forth about who’s leaking what and why, although he claims to have a spotty memory, which is “most likely a defense mechanism.” The prince doesn’t appear to have forgotten a single line ever printed about him and his wife. Perhaps a bit more Fleet Street and less Faulkner would be beneficial in this situation?