A royal family ever wrote the strangest book. There has never been a more out-there royal book than this one. Spare, Prince Harry’s autobiography is a mixture of confession, tirade, and love letter. There are sections where it reads like the world’s most extended drunken rant text.
It’s like being inside a “surreal fishbowl” or “an endless Truman Show,” in his words.
It’s shockingly personal and open, revealing the strangeness of his life in its isolation. And we see how little we know about the tiny things, not the big ones.
There are stories about him smoking a joint after dinner and being concerned that the smoke would drift over to his old neighbor, the Duke of Kent, which paints a picture of him as a royal stoner.
What other royal memoir would include losing his virginity behind a pub or spending so much time describing how his penis became frostbitten? More words are spent on this regal appendage than on his other relatives. Perhaps the custom cushion’s existence warrants a warning about potential spoilers.
Girls with “throne syndrome,” who would “visibly fit herself with a crown the instant she shook my hand,” was another issue he kept in mind.
Or there’s when he was at the Golden Jubilee concert with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and he heard Brian May performing on the roof and realized she was protecting her hearing with earplugs.
His life in London before he met Meghan was, on the surface, rather lavish. However, he always seemed to be operating covertly.
Harry had terrible panic attacks, which are bad for anyone but especially crippling for someone in Harry’s position, where he was always required to talk and appear in front of an audience.
He discusses how he spends his days alone at home, medicating with psychedelics, air-drying his clothing on the radiator, and arranging shopping trips like military raids, to be executed in stealth and haste.
Instead of shopping on Amazon, he frequents TK Maxx for apparel. He does his weekly grocery shopping at a local supermarket, where he has carefully memorized the location of his go-to salmon and yogurt brands. One day he goes into the store and overhears some customers discussing whether or not he is gay.
Going from this unremarkable existence to hanging out with the international jet set is a jarring shift, making for a profoundly peculiar lifestyle.
Harry claims he never misses an episode of Friends and is most like Chandler, the show’s comic relief. However, while visiting the United States, he meets Courtney Cox, who portrays Monica, Chandler’s on-screen wife.
This adventure is truly out of this world when he takes psychedelic substances and witnesses a pedal bin come to life. Distance yourself from the Trooping the Colour remark.
The ghostwritten work is a brisk, rapid-fire account, written from the inside out, with the protagonist always on edge due to his hyperawareness of the bodyguards at the door and the cameras waiting to catch him. He’s a kid, and he’s smoking pot with his companions while keeping an eye on the police officers that stand guard outside.
The loss of his mother, Princess Diana, appears to have had a profound impact on the remainder of his life, and it is this event serves as the narrative’s focal point and a theme that runs through nearly every page.
He loved her unconditionally, and his other worries, like spokes on a wheel, all revolved around his terrible sadness over losing her.
Harry despises the media because he believes they are to blame for his mother’s death in Paris and his compulsive visits to the car crash site.
His ire is directed against the media as a whole. Still, he runs particularly towards Rupert Murdoch, going so far as to describe one of Murdoch’s executives using solely anagrams.
His arguments with Prince William are frequently set in the context of their once-close relationship with their mother.
His mother’s death appears to have contributed to his crippling anxiety and destructive behavior because he no longer has an emotional anchor.
One may even say that there is an unhealthy preoccupation with death. As he enters Westminster Abbey for his brother’s wedding, he thinks merrily of the more than three thousand souls laid to rest there over the years.
The work needs a sense of perspective on the world beyond its characters. The paparazzi lights must have blinded him. In this story, nobody has to stress making ends meet because of their high gas prices. He is circling Africa like a few stops on the Northern Line.
He claims that he only rode a Tube train on a school excursion, so the experience would have been much strange.
While it’s surprisingly frank about the secret workings of the royal family (yes, his father performing physio exercises in his boxers), it remains weirdly mum on any opinions in the broader world now that he’s retired.
You can catch hints of it here and there. Harry mentions Prince William’s “vaguely anti-Brexit speech,” which he claims has angered the media.
“All they cared about was Brexit. How dare he imply that it was a load of nonsense! “Currently, he’s in the writing phase.
Prince Harry claims that the other royals are constantly checking their visit tally against that of their relatives, as though they are afraid that their motives would be questioned if they do not appear to be as enthusiastic as he is.
He is undeniably a product of his upbringing, as evidenced by his distinctly non-new-age description of shooting a deer.
Who is the target audience for his book’s bombshell revelations?
Mainly Netflix. In contrast to the six hours of TV chatter and the arrogant contents of an Instagram feed for which they shelled out a prince’s ransom, the book is like a flaming log, with something weird on virtually every page.
Some readers may also find the book irritating because of its excessive focus on the author. He goes into more depth than is typical for a minor conflict while describing a dispute with parking near his palace lodging.
Claims like equating the “crusade against misogyny” of the Spice Girls with “Mandela’s struggle against apartheid” are also included.
Leaks from the book have centered on tensions within the royal family and Harry’s disappointment at his and Meghan’s lack of public support.
His new stepmother, Camilla, is introduced with an air of distrust and a concerted effort to maintain politeness. To be honest, though, it’s largely suspicion. It’s awkward, like a divorced parent trying to reassure everyone that he’s not unhappy about footing the bill for their joint expenses while simultaneously wishing them well.
In context, a far warmer picture emerges even when the narrator seems to be picking on King Charles.
Charles is often depicted dozing off at his computer while wearing Dior perfume and plodding around the house in his slippers while listening to his audiobooks about Shakespeare. He’s stereotyped as having been the victim of severe bullying in school and holding on to his childhood teddy bear for comfort.
After Diana’s death, Harry’s father tries to comfort him by staying up with him until he falls asleep, but it seems his good intentions run into some snags.
When Charles means to be polite and sends him notes, Harry wonders why Charles can’t just say those things to him directly. After seeing Harry in a school play, he laughs hysterically and is chastised by his son for laughing at the faulty parts.
Charles takes on the tone of a Shakespearean figure when the adult brothers are fighting; he resembles King Lear in tweed, pleading with his sons not to make his old life miserable.
The King is depicted as out of touch with modern society. However, he may be picking up a new texting jargon. TMI.