Spare by Prince Harry: grief, growing-up & getting away

This isn’t the poisonous, bitter book that the media would have you believe.

Spare is Harry’s personal and compelling account of his life so far; it is a deeply moving memoir about his experience of grief, coming-of-age, and of living an impossible life as a prince being controlled by palace officials.

It is remarkable that he survived at all. This is a dark tale that reveals what life inside the royal family is really like, with having every part of your life not only commented upon but often influenced by the media.

I defy anyone to read this and not be moved by Harry’s account of losing his mother at such a young age, and the huge impact that has had on him. Heartbreaking doesn’t even come close.

Yes, there are little bits about William and Kate, and Charles and Camilla, but this is predominantly Harry’s story: his life, in his words.

I remember feeling such respect for him and Meghan when they decided to leave the UK – I mean, I would have done exactly the same if my family were relentlessly being targeted in such a toxic way by the media. After reading Spare, I greatly admire his honesty and openness, and at the very least, he deserves the right to choose how and where to live his life.

Truly remarkable.

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