Omid Scobie – the Royal biographer of Finding Freedom and Meghan Markle’s friend – offered an insight into The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming memoir as against the rumoured version talked about in the media. Tabloids have reported that Prince Harry’s memoir will ‘trash’ his family, however, Scobie believes otherwise.
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Scobie confirmed that palace aides have seen a ‘genuine fear’ amongst the senior Royal Family members that the Duke’s memoir will ‘cause irrevocable damage to reputations and relations.’ However, he argues that ‘the book actually offers a more sympathetic look at the realities of their near-impossible existence.’ He wrote in his Yahoo Column:
SPARE dedicates its largest sections to other key elements of the duke’s life.
Readers will hear moving anecdotes from the frontlines of Afghanistan and his time in the military, plus honest insights into Harry’s quest to find purpose and why he chose to commit to a lifetime of service.
Dismissing the claims that Prince Harry made last-minute changes in the memoir, he added:
There were also no last-minute rewrites or edits after the Queen’s death. SPARE’s manuscript was completed almost five months before the monarch’s passing, a detail that will be acknowledged in a note at the start of the book.
Talking about the controversial title, Scobie confirmed that Spare is a title that Prince Harry chose himself. It wasn’t to play the victim but because being a Spare is what his reality has been ever since his birth. Everyone including The Firm and the media houses has ‘frequently used to describe Prince Harry’ as the Spare. Scobie confirmed:
Of course, calling the book SPARE - a decision made by Prince Harry early on in the process - shouldn’t have come as a huge surprise.
It’s a punchy choice, but for a word that has trailed the prince like a shadow, being the spare was one of the most defining aspects of his royal existence.
Leaning on the derogatory moniker for a title is Harry finally owning the term after a lifetime of being called it.
Omid Scobie’s Yahoo Column: The media has got it all wrong about Prince Harry's memoir - here's the real truth about 'Spare'