6 things to expect from Prince Harry’s new memoir from daddy issues to Megxit
The world is holding its breath ahead of the release of Prince Harry’s eagerly anticipated new memoir, Spare, with a number of key points already expected to be addressed.
Due to be released next Tuesday (January 10), conversations about its possible implications for Harry’s relationship with his family have been near non-stop.
So, what are the key things to be on the lookout for in the new book? What is the Prince likely to prioritise and what has been said about the key points so far?
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Right at the top of the bill is the new book’s title, Spare, a presumably frustrated nod to the well-known phrase “the heir and the spare”.
According to royal authorTom Quinn, Harry had had resentment about being the spare before he met Meghan, with the Duke of Sussex being frustrated in his efforts to find a role.
"Being the second in line, the second son, in every generation you are the spare, not the heir and so you don't have a role,” he told the Daily Star.
The phrase has been used about Harry and William in the past, however, the use of it in this way has ruffled some feathers.
The Mirror's royal editor Russell Myers said at the time of the title announcement: "Royal sources have said it demonstrates 'yet another confrontational attack on the family after claiming a desire for privacy'.
"Palace lawyers will be on standby in the new year, waiting to see what is in the book.
"Regardless of the content, which will no doubt be explosive given the title, there will be little chance of this acting as a vehicle to reconciliation for Harry and Meghan."
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Another fascinating thing to keep an eye out for is who will actually be in the book.
Equally as interesting may also be who is not in the book.
At the end of October,it was reportedthat Harry had asked a number of people in his life, including friends and ex-lovers, to feature.
Speaking to the Sun a source said: "Harry did reach out. Friends and girlfriends were polite and said they would think about it but ultimately most said No.
"It was felt to be kind of ironic that Harry would hit the roof if he ever had an inkling they spoke to the media, but now he wants them to when he needs their help."
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Another big one, and perhaps the most concerning impact that the book could have, is Harry’s relationship with big Brother William.
A rift between the brothers has been long-feared with rumblings being tackled in the book Finding Freedom, released in 2020 and written by Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie.
Much has gone on between the brothers over the years and more recently the Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan revealed that the Prince of Wales had allegedly screamed at him when he had discussed thepossibility of a half-in-half-out working relationshipwith the Royal Family.
“It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me, and my father saying things that simply weren’t true, and my grandmother quietly sitting there and taking it all in,” he said.
Since then,it has been reportedthat the brother’s chances of reconciliation could be limited by the release of the book.
A source told the Sun: "At the heart of [Spare] lies a sibling rivalry between little brother and big brother.
"It will reveal Harry’s bitterness and feelings of unfairness that by the nature of hierarchy and birthright that he always played second fiddle to older William.”
But what of the future? A source told MailOnline: “Things are hanging by a thread as it is after the past few months, and from the sounds of it Harry's memoir is unlikely to help.”
Harry’s Diana wounds
Harry is likely to touch on the tragedy of losing his mother, Prince Diana, according to a source speaking to the Sunday Times.
They said: “The overall impression is that this is a man who has never recovered from the trauma of his mother dying so young, and then along comes Meghan and he projects on to her a parallel with Diana.”
Harry’s pain and the story surrounding her death have been at the centre of the book’s press presence.
A release for the memoir read: “Spare takes readers immediately back to 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.”
It added: “For Harry, this is his story at last. With its raw, unflinching honesty”.
The Megxit saga
The saga that saw Harry and his wife Meghan leave the working Royal Family has been at the centre of so much of the intrigue surrounding the Sussexes.
Previously mentioned rows with William and concerns about Harry’s relationship with the Queen have all encapsulated the nation on a regular basis.
Although much has been said about the Sessexes’ process of leaving, Harry's rational and interpretation of events are sure to get some air time.
Harry’s bond with Dad Charles
In a similar vein to his relationship with William, there have been concerns that Spare could have dire consequences for Harry’s relationship with his dad King Charles.
Now the head of the Royal Family, Charles might be expected to bear the brunt of general terms about the family. However, this might not be the case.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, a source said: "Generally, I think the book [will be] worse for them than the royal family is expecting.
"Everything is laid bare. Charles comes out of it better than I had expected."
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