Hi Reading Ninjas, I'm going with something controversial this week. It's a new release that two weeks ago, in it's first week, was the highest selling book in the world and sold 1,430,000 copies on release day in USA, Canada & UK combined. Yep, it's one everyone is either dying to read, or is refusing to...
by Prince Harry
Now, I'm no monarchist by any stretch of the imagination. However, I do love to read about peoples lives and their perceptions of their own lives. And that's what this book is - There are so many people out there touting that it's full of 'lies' but this is Harry's words about Harry's life. It's HIS perception of his life, his family and his place in the world. There is no truth or lies involved - merely one persons perception on THEIR OWN LIFE! And so who are we to say that their belief is right or wrong.
What surprised me the most, was not the way the royals exist, or his thoughts on his mother, father and all those headline catching events... But, what was surprising was how wonderfully he writes. This book is so wonderfully written. It's candid, emotional, honest (from his point of view), eloquent and highly amusing. Harry deals with so much of the life we've all watched played out, the good, the bad, the painful and the downright ugly and he does it with a wonderful sense of humour and self depreciation. All of a sudden the Spare has stepped into the spotlight by stepping out of it, and in his lifelong bid to find his place in a world that simply regards him as a potential stand in, he's found his niche in writing. I really got a sense of who Harry thinks he is, who he saw himself as and who he'd like to be.
Whether you are pro-Harry, pro-Megan or pro-Monarchy, you can't go past learning about who Harry truely is in his own world - And that's a great thing as far as I'm concerned. And FYI - I'm pro-Harry, pro-Megan AND pro-Royals. They all have a plan and a position to play in the world. And I'll admit - I'll always be partial to a ginger, and I know you all are too.
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. . . .