Spare: Review

Published: 2023-01-10
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 Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on. For Harry, this is that story at last. With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark…

Prince Harry’s memoir titled “Spare” is a well-written story that gives a glimpse into the life of a royal who struggled with being the “Spare” versus the “Heir.”

Throughout the book, Prince Harry shares his unresolved grief for his mother, Princess Diana, who died tragically when he was just a child. He talks about how her death affected him and how he has been dealing with the grief ever since. This vulnerability makes the book relatable and gives readers a glimpse into the personal life of a royal family member.

Prince Harry also talks about his life as the “Spare” and how that affected his role in the royal family. He shares his struggles with finding a purpose and how joining the military and going to Africa became his sanctuary. These experiences helped him find a sense of purpose and direction in life.

The book also touches on Prince Harry’s relationship with the media and how they constantly scrutinize him and his family. He successfully calls out the media for the constant harassment he has endured regularly. The media’s persistent intrusion into his life and the lives of his family members is unjustifiable and unfair. Whether it is his job as a royal to put up or shut up, as a member of the royal family, he has a duty to uphold certain values and responsibilities despite the royal family’s motto to ‘never complain, never explain.’ However, he should still be allowed to express himself and his opinions.

Regarding the hypocrisy of Prince Harry publishing a memoir, it is a fair critique. He has expressed his distaste for the media’s constant attention on his life, yet he has chosen to publish a book that displays his life. However, everyone has a right to tell their story and share their experiences, including Prince Harry.

Whether Prince Harry is obsessed and wants revenge or retribution, I cannot say for sure. However, it is clear from the book that he has struggled with finding his place in the world and has been trying to carve out his path. His decision to leave the royal family and move to the United States was a bold move, and it is clear that he is determined to live life on his terms.

In conclusion, “Spare” is a well-written book that gives readers a glimpse into the personal life of a royal family member. It touches on themes of grief, purpose, and media scrutiny. While there are fair critiques of Prince Harry’s actions and decisions, ultimately, he has a right to tell his story and share his experiences.

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