Love him or hate him, Prince Harry is a fascinating man. In his own words, he is the royal spare. The idea being that if something were to happen to Prince William, he was there as backup.
However, as both Prince William and Prince Harry grew up and began to follow their own paths, things changed. Harry was no longer truly the spare, as he was slowly pushed down the ranks of royal succession.
But when you grow up with this innate knowledge that you are in the shadow of your brother, there is no doubt that it has an impact on a person and the way they view the world around them. In Spare, we get to see Prince Harry's truth. And whether you believe him or not, this is his story from his perspective.
There has been a lot of hate thrown his way for telling his story and his truth, whether because you think he lied or because you are wholeheartedly a royalist. However, at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what you think of the prince. He told his story and if it caused any emotional reaction, then that is all that matters.
A look at Prince Harry's Spare
Spare did exactly what Prince Harry wanted it to do. The book was able to set him free.
You can say that he lied or that he was wrong, but how can you tell someone that the way they saw the world is wrong. That's like someone telling you that you can't feel a certain type of way about something profound that happened to you.
There was a lot of poignancy to the words in this book and a lot of moments where you can truly feel a sense of heartbreak for a man who has always been thrust into the spotlight just because of who his family is. He didn't ask to be a member of the British royal family. And he certainly didn't ask for his mother to die in such a public and tragic manner. Instead, this is the hand he was dealt and it clearly shaped him into the man he is today, good or bad.
Perhaps the most telling moments in the entire book comes right at the beginning. If you truly read the book and went into it with an open mind, you would understand that Prince Harry is telling his story from a place of hurt and pain.
In the opening chapter it is clear that his family doesn't understand him and maybe they never have. And it is compounded by his own thoughts around his mother's death and the way his brother seemed to want nothing to do with him at school, because this was his time to be free. While we can't blame a teenage Prince William for not necessarily wanting his kid brother hanging on his coattails, that doesn't negate the hurt that surrounds those words.
There are even moments where you really feel for not just Prince Harry, but also King Charles. After all, there is a lot of pressure in the royal family. And there is a clear disconnect between what it means to be a family versus what it means to be a member of the royal family. Being a prince, a princess, or even a King might seem like it would be an idyllic life, but when your life is clearly meant to be in service to your people, it doesn't seem like there is much freedom in that at all.
Spare does what nothing else can. It tells Prince Harry's story in his own words. And whether you believe his words or not, this is how he has viewed his life.
Spare will not be for everyone and that's okay. It's hard to read in a lot of ways because Prince Harry is, at times, all over the place. At times he is poetic and then there are the moments that feel manic. But through it all, we are getting a man's story in his own words. And really, that's all that anyone can ask for.