Spare, the friend of King Charles speaks: “Harry is not well, he is a deeply traumatized man”

Of Paula DeCarolis

The Times reveals: after his visit to the United Kingdom on the occasion of Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee last summer, the Duke of Sussex seriously considered canceling its release. The media reaction was negative, but the pre-sales show interest

LONDON – The dust raised by Prince Harry’s autobiography shows no sign of settling. In the wake of previews of the book, and of the publication ahead of time in Spain, there is no detail that is not weighed and discussed. As was perhaps inevitable, a volume of several hundred pages, written – judging by the excerpts released – in a thoughtful and calm way – is reduced to headlines screamed in the tabloids. Not surprisingly, then, that following a visit to the UK to mark Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee last summer, the Duke of Sussex seriously considered canceling its exit. At least that’s what he writes times, citing a source at the New York publishing house. If the Windsors have preferred not to comment for now despite the criticisms leveled at William, at their entourage, at Camilla, at Carlo, Jonathan Dimbleby, a friend of the king, author of his biography and the television interview of the 90s, took to the field today in which Charles admitted for the first time that he had cheated on Diana with Camilla only after the marriage was hopelessly wrecked. It is clear, Dimbleby said, that Harry is unwell and a deeply traumatized man. Its a book worthy of a B-list celebrity. What he calls revelations are inferences.



The cover of the book Spare, the minor. It will be published simultaneously worldwide on 10 January: in Italy the paper and digital version of Mondadori

While in the UK the media reaction was mainly negative towards the duke, book presales and Netflix documentary viewership figures indicate that audiences include interest in Harry’s version

. In the US, underlined Tina Brown, editor and writer as well as Diana’s friend, the duke is winning the battle for popularity over a royal family that seems less and less relevant or intriguing, as demonstrated by the tepid reaction to the visit of the Princes of Wales in Boston. The section of the book dealing with his time in Afghanistan is probably the one that will prove most damaging to Harry. The army did not like the tone in which the prince spoke of the killed enemies or the fact that he revealed the total number of lives taken (25). For Colonel Tim Collins, famous for a brilliant speech to his men on the eve of the war in Iraq, Harry has betrayed the code. The armed forces – he said – have always welcomed him into the family regardless of what had happened before. He betrayed that trust like he betrayed his blood family.

Among the themes highlighted by Harry’s memoirs – The Minor the title, in bookstores from 10 January – there is the problem of the role of the spare, or the second son, whose raison d’être, in ancient times, was linked to the need to have a substitute in case something happened to the heir. Today the brothers of the eldest son do not have precise duties. Anna, Andrea and Edoardo know it, brothers of King Charles, who have had to build a life for themselves and have not always found the right formula (Andrea docet). Harry’s book begins with a reference to the fact that all the family – from his father Charles to his grandmother Elizabeth – have used the term in relation to him. Surely he didn’t help.

January 7, 2023 (change January 7, 2023 | 16:32)

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Spare, the friend of King Charles speaks: “Harry is not well, he is a deeply traumatized man”


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