Prince Harry on “Reserve”
He had material for two books
Prince Harry caused a stir with his autobiography. It could even have been two books, he says now.
In his autobiography “Reserve” (original title: “Spare”), Prince Harry (38) raises numerous allegations against his family. In particular, his brother, Prince William (40), does not come off well. In a new interview, Harry has now said that he could have revealed a lot more – if he had wanted to. Even before the book was published on January 10, it was reported in advance that Harry described, among other things, a dispute between the brothers in “Reserve”. William is said to have grabbed him and thrown him to the ground.
Harry had worked on the autobiography with his ghostwriter JR Moehringer (58). Interviewed by Bryony Gordon for Britain’s Telegraph The prince explains that this experience was “definitely cathartic” for him – sometimes “painful”, but it opened his eyes. For example, while working on the book, he remembered moments that he had previously repressed. For example, he was able to describe Moehringer in detail missions during his time as a soldier in Afghanistan.
Prince Harry would have a lot more material
Even though Harry reveals a lot of private things in “Reserve”, he didn’t want to address everything. “It could have been two books,” he explains in the interview. The first draft was around 800 pages, the finished book is just over 400 pages. Some things were simply omitted for reasons of space, with others he said to Moehringer from the outset: “Look, I’ll tell you that for the context, but there’s no way I’ll put it in there.”
Prince Harry was aware that he would face headwinds as soon as he wrote anything about his family. “But it’s not possible to tell my story without them in it because they play such an important role in it,” he explains. You also have to be able to understand the personalities of everyone in the book. “But there are some things that have happened, especially between me and my brother, and to some extent between me and my father [Anm. d. Red.: König Charles III.]that I just don’t want the world to know about. ‘Cause I don’t think they’d ever forgive me.”
Now one could say that it makes no difference what Harry writes in “Reserve”. But he sees it this way: “I’m willing to forgive you for everything you’ve done. And I wish you would really sit down with me and instead of saying that I’m delusional or paranoid, […] have a real conversation about it.” Because what he really wants is for them to take responsibility “and an apology to my wife”. In “Reserve” Harry also reports about how William’s wife Princess Kate (41), his wife, Duchess Meghan (41) is said to have made her cry.