Will Prince Harry’s book save the royal family from shame?


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No official statement has been made by either of the palaces about Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir and we don’t expect one, but we can safely assume that it is the source of much chatter behind palace walls, and some trepidation about its content.

That fear was only to be heightened when the publishers released the book’s cover on Thursday, a raw, untouched close-up of Harry’s face, accompanied by his name and the title “Spare”.

It’s a clear reference to a nickname the Duke lived with while growing up. He was the “substitute heir”, the second child of royal parents, who had the duty to replace his older brother but who would never take the throne. Other “alternates” who lost their place further in the line of succession after subsequent royal births are the Queen’s late sister, Princess Margaret, and Prince Andrew.

If there was any doubt that this book would look back rather than forward, and at the risk of exposing royal life, it evaporated with the accompanying press release: “In its raw honesty, SPARE is a landmark publication, revelatory, self-examination, and hard-hitting. acquired wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief”.

The word “revelation” will ring in royal ears, even going back to the most sensitive time in the modern monarchy – the death of Harry’s mother, Diana – when there was a fierce public reaction to how the family responded. .

“SPARE immediately transports readers back to one of the most poignant images of the 20th century: two young boys, two princes, standing behind their mother’s coffin while the world looked on in sadness – and horror. When Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed, billions wondered what the princes must have thought and felt, and how their lives would play out from that moment forward,” the press release continues.

“For Harry, this is finally his story.”

This book will be the Duke’s truth, his vision, his unfiltered experiences. This freedom is a wish that both he and his wife have repeatedly expressed. Meghan touched on it in her recent VARIETY interview, saying, “I think it’s really important to feel understood and seen.”

And many people will want to learn from Harry’s experience. Publisher Penguin Random House suggests this will be an inspiring read rather than a downer. CEO Markus Dohle called it “an honest and emotionally powerful story for readers everywhere.”

Prince Harry “shares a moving personal journey from trauma to healing that speaks to the power of love and will inspire and motivate millions of people around the world,” he added.

The question of the extended family is to what extent the family conforms to the vision of shared history, and how it can influence the institution the new king is trying to build.

Harry never criticized his grandmother when she was on the throne. Are the gloves off now that it’s passed? At this point, no one knows except the Duke’s inner circle and publishing heavyweights. No one else, as far as CNN knows, has made progress.

Of course, there is nothing controversial in the book. It could be a highly focused personal reflection of being an heir-apparent: a delicate and uncertain royal position that diminishes the chances of a family member succeeding to the throne, and yet has to deal with all the intense expectations that come with being one. a Windsor

It’s not knowing that will unsettle the palace, which had hoped to focus its efforts on establishing Charles as king until his coronation in May, and instead has a potential book bomb on the horizon. From January 10, 2023, “Spare” will hit the bookshelves worldwide.

King Charles III welcomed new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

The first image of a British monarch and their new prime minister is always historic. Add to this the fact that King Charles III is only a month into his reign and is already receiving PM No. 2. And then remember that Rishi Sunak is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. It all packs a lot of symbolism into a single photo that has struck a chord with some here.

The image speaks to what the king wants to achieve with his reign – to ensure that he is now a representative of the nation regardless of background or creed, as he vowed in his first speech.

Journalist and writer Sathnam Sanghera never thought he would see a British Prime Minister of Asian descent. “When I was growing up, Brown people weren’t allowed to be teachers in Wolverhampton. There were protests,” Sanghera told CNN. “That is the environment where Rishi Sunak’s parents and my parents arrived. Brown going from there to becoming Prime Minister is a huge thing. There has been a big change in attitude in British society. It’s amazing.”

The best-selling book “Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain” calls on Britain to confront its colonial history, which continues to resonate in contemporary British society. Sanghera said seeing the King’s image with Sunake felt “quite natural” although unprecedented. “Charles has a very long history of interfaith relations and race relations. He has done a very good job of bringing communities together,” he said. that he hopes to use it to “bring people together”.

He has pointed to next year’s coronation as an opportunity to talk about a divisive issue: the Koh-i-noor diamond, a precious stone discovered in south-central India before ending up in British hands in 1849. The legacies of colonialism, that’s what the world wants to talk about. India wants to talk about it. But we just have our heads in the sand.”

So while Sanghera thinks the moment between Charles and Sunak was “inspiring,” he hopes it’s “a starting point for a broader conversation about imperialism that’s not going away, it’s just getting louder.”

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The first portrait of King Charles III Thursday, October 27, 2022 The 50 pence coins in circulation at The Royal Mint Ltd. will be used in the UK before Christmas. They will circulate together with those depicting Queen Elizabeth II.

He was supposed to visit Anne shocked by the tragic fire at the school.

The Princess Royal was “shocked” by a fire at a school for visually impaired children in Uganda just days before her visit. Anne is in the country this week on a four-day visit and was due to visit the Salama School for the Blind in Mukono District as a patron of the Sense International charity. The fire broke out in the early hours of Tuesday, and 11 students died the charity said on Twitter. “I was shocked to hear the news of the tragic loss of life,” Princess Anne said in a statement. “The work that Sense International does in many countries is greatly appreciated, working with such a vulnerable group of children. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and staff.”

The King and Camilla’s first birthday cards are about to arrive.

The first birthday cards for the King and Queen Consort have been delivered to hundreds of people celebrating their 100th and 105th birthdays, according to the British monarchy’s website. Several World War II veterans were among the recipients of the new cards. The move follows a popular tradition started by King George V in 1917 of honoring individuals on their milestone birthdays. During Elizabeth II’s reign, around 1.3 million cards were sent to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries in the United Kingdom, the kingdoms and the British Overseas Territories. The new cards feature a photograph of the King and Queen Consort taken in the summer of 2018.

Cards will be sent to those celebrating their 100th or 105th birthday.

The Princess of Wales becomes the patron of the polar expedition.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, has become the patron Of an expedition by a British Army officer who hopes to become the first woman to cross Antarctica solo. Kate’s sponsorship of Captain Preet Chandi’s voyage across Antarctica, which will cover more than 1,000 miles in November, is the latest in the royal family’s long history of supporting polar expeditions. “The aim of this expedition has always been to encourage people to go beyond their limits. I want to take people on this journey with me to help them believe that nothing is impossible,” Chandi said in a statement released at Kensington Palace. “It’s an absolute privilege to be patronized by the Princess of Wales,” she added. Chandi became the first woman of color to reach the South Pole solo in January 2021. The tradition of royal patronage of daring feats of travel began in 1901, when Edward VII sponsored Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition, the first official Antarctic exploration.

The piper who woke Queen Elizabeth will now wake the new king.

Over the years, the British public has come to know and love the Queen’s many quirks: her corgis, her wave, her hats. But it was only when the nation gathered for his funeral that they saw one of the lesser known things of his life: his piper.

The Piper to the Sovereign was a role established by Queen Victoria after she and her husband fell in love with the sound of pipes on a trip to Scotland. Elizabeth II followed the tradition, being woken up every morning by the piper under her window.

And this week, we got our first glimpse since the Queen’s funeral, with Pipe Major Paul Burns playing on the pitch at Clarence House for the first time since Charles became king. Read the full story here.

“I still think the great tragedy is the lack of vocational training in schools. Actually, not all of them are designed for academics.’

King Charles III.

The new monarch made an appearance on the restoration program “The Repair Shop” in the UK this week. The special episode was filmed in September and March 2021, when Charles was still Prince of Wales. At the show the King asked the specialist team to restore a Wemyss Ware ceramic made for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee that had seen better days and an 18th century clock that had been hastily repaired and lost its chime in the past.

Charles welcomed the artisans to Dumfries House, his stately home near Glasgow, Scotland, where he was able to showcase some of the educational programs set up on the sprawling estate as part of his Prince’s Foundation. He spoke at length to host Jay Blades about the importance of maintaining heritage craft expertise, the value of education and how life can change when you help people through technical skills training.

In 2018, we were invited to the property as Charles used his milestone 70th birthday to highlight his work and passions. Check it out here.