Sundays In Bed With…Spare

The Sundays in Bed With… meme, hosted by Midnight Book Girl, dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning. Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today!

Spare by Prince Harry

Spare by Prince Harry book cover

I’ve finally made a good dent in this book I borrowed from the library. I don’t consider myself a royal watcher. In fact, many things Harry mentioned I don’t recall reading about at all. Perhaps because the press in the U.S. aren’t as rabid as those in Britain are; or perhaps because I simply forgot about it. But either way I was curious to read Harry’s side of the story with the knowledge that it is one side of the story.

I wouldn’t say the writing style is anything amazing, but it’s certainly very approachable. I am absolutely flabbergasted so far with the behavior of the paparazzi. The lengths to which they went to sell news about Harry is awful. So much so it endangered Harry and his fellow officers when the press exposed his whereabouts when he was deployed. I don’t understand how there weren’t repercussions to the press for doing that (or maybe there were, I don’t know).

About the Book

Author: Prince Harry
Series: None
Age Category: Adult
Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: January 10, 2023
Print Length: 416

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.

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The stuff with the press in this book made me so mad. It reinforced my belief that Murdoch’s empire of lies is nothing but a blight on society, both here in the US and around the world.