Staff, 2022-10-28 10:31:00,
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There has been no official statement from either of the palaces about Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir and we don’t expect one, but we can safely assume it’s the source of plenty of chatter behind palace walls – and a certain degree of dread about its contents.
That dread would have been compounded Thursday when the publishers dropped the book cover revealing a raw, untouched close-up of Harry’s face accompanied simply with his name and the title “Spare.”
It is a clear reference to a nickname the duke lived with while he was growing up. He was the “spare heir,” the second child of royal parents, with a duty to step in for his elder brother but unlikely to ever take the throne. Other “spares,” whose place in the line of succession slipped further following subsequent royal births, include the Queen’s late sister, Princess Margaret, and Prince Andrew.
If there was any doubt that this book would look back rather than forward and risk exposing royal life, it evaporated with the accompanying press release that read: “With its raw, unflinching honesty, SPARE is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about…
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