Okay…I couldn’t resist. I picked up the audiobook Spare by Prince Harry. Okay. I admit it. I do keep up a bit with the royal family. I am not a gossip column reader but I do watch The Crown. I don’t believe all the tabloid gossip that someone is “mean to their staff and everyone quits” type of stuff. I have watched the weddings on television. I have watched interviews that have been given. I remember watching television when Dianna was killed…(and I do say killed because I believe photographers were instrumental in the accident).
I think the attraction to me is tradition…and disbelief. Two things that are completely and totally different. Tradition because, “hey, it’s the queen”, and disbelief because I can’t imagine ever having to live with that attention. I can’t imagine being a family disappointment over something as simple as making a poor choice. I can’t imagine being in the spot light like that. I can’t imagine the pressure of having your life served up on a dinner plate for people to judge. Curiosity gets to me and I admittedly, if something comes from an interview or a book in this case, am in. Thus, I picked up the audiobook.
So what did I think? I am not going to say I liked the book or not. How can I like someone’s pain? I did find it interesting. Do I believe it all word for word…probably not. I do believe this is likely the way Harry remembers it though. I do believe it is his truth. I’m sad for him to have felt the way he does.
I’m not surprised in the least about the family rift. It’s a family…and families have troubles. Just because they are “royal” doesn’t mean they can avoid family problems, especially when one child is set to be king…and the other is not.
I know on the outside, it looks all rosy at my house to blog readers but that’s not true. We have troubles from time to time too but we’ve learned to talk about them and deal with them so most things are nipped in the bud before they are blown out into huge proportions. We also have something in our family, unconditional love. Sadly, I think the royal family lacks that. It’s very sad.
Many people have admired the monarchy for their public service. It is admirable. I do respect it and I do appreciate it. I do have trouble with the passive way the press was dealt with though.
I more admire a momma bear who will do whatever they can to protect their young. Protocols be damned. I would never let anyone do and say or treat anyone in my family like that.
Just think, if all these years ago the monarchy would have modernized and pushed back at the press where they would be today. The gossip rags would not have the power…people would be living happier lives married to the people they wanted to marry.
Several times in the book I couldn’t help but think, you’re the queen. You’re the future king. How can you let the press have the power they have over your family? Not on my watch would I let that happen. How can you let assistants have that much power? You all know I’m a family first gal…and the monarchy from the view of this book, does not do that.
I do have trouble trying to figure out how Prince Andrew can “be okay” with them and they not denounce him but do denounce Harry. Weird. I’ll take a rebel over a sex offender any day.
Of course, I readily admit this is one side of the story…the other sides are staying quiet so how can anyone know what is the real story and what isn’t. It isn’t my job to know.
As you can see the book was very thought provoking…
Part of me can’t help but wonder about Harry…if you don’t want the press, then why stir it up with a book…with interviews? Who knows…maybe it’s a fight fire with fire type of situation.
Whatever it all is…I listened to the book. It reminded me again how thankful I am that I’m just a farm girl in Iowa who doesn’t have loads of money and resources, who happens to quilt, cross stitch, and have a family that I love and who loves me in return. I would MUCH rather that any amount of money or fame.
Here is what Amazon had to say…
“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 Princess Diana was laid to rest, billions wondered what Prince William and Prince Harry must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on.
For Harry, this is that story at last.
Before losing his mother, twelve-year-old Prince Harry was known as the carefree one, the happy-go-lucky Spare to the more serious Heir. Grief changed everything. He struggled at school, struggled with anger, with loneliness—and, because he blamed the press for his mother’s death, he struggled to accept life in the spotlight.
At twenty-one, he joined the British Army. The discipline gave him structure, and two combat tours made him a hero at home. But he soon felt more lost than ever, suffering from post-traumatic stress and prone to crippling panic attacks. Above all, he couldn’t find true love.
Then he met Meghan. The world was swept away by the couple’s cinematic romance and rejoiced in their fairy-tale wedding. But from the beginning, Harry and Meghan were preyed upon by the press, subjected to waves of abuse, racism, and lies. Watching his wife suffer, their safety and mental health at risk, Harry saw no other way to prevent the tragedy of history repeating itself but to flee his mother country. Over the centuries, leaving the Royal Family was an act few had dared. The last to try, in fact, had been his mother. . . .
For the first time, Prince Harry tells his own story, chronicling his journey with raw, unflinching honesty. A landmark publication, Spare is full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.“
Amazon readers gave the book 4.6 stars. I guess I will say the same. I do think the writing was pretty good. I’m sure he had an assistant writer and I always get frustrated when they are not mentioned. Few people can just sit down and write a book and organize a book especially someone who admittedly, didn’t like school work…that makes me think he had a co-author.
If you’re a royal watcher…I’d read it. If you’re like my son Karl who thinks the whole system is odd and doesn’t deserve a mention…I’d skip it. If you are interested, you can find the book HERE.
If you did read it…let me know in the comments what you thought. I’m curious.