This Sunday, January 8, two days before the release of his memoir, entitled Spare, Prince Harry spoke to ITV journalist Tom Bradby, who revealed in particular the darkly humorous exchange he had with his brother William had during the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who died last September: “We said to ourselves that at least we already knew the way.” A sentence that alludes directly to the funeral of her mother, Princess Diana, which took place on September 6th took place in 1997.
For the Duke of Sussex, saying goodbye to his grandmother and mother were two “very similar” feelings. The only difference is “the level of emotion,” he clarified, before adding: “Because our grandmother ended her life. I think there was more celebration, respect and recognition of what she had achieved. While our mother was taken way too young.”
Note that Archie and Lilibet’s father, who hasn’t stopped talking about him in recent weeks because of his remarks about his family on the Netflix documentary Meghan and Harry, paid tribute to the monarch on their official website shortly after his death “Grandmother, if we are very saddened by this last farewell, I will always be grateful for our first times, for my first childhood memories, for the day you became my commander-in-chief, for the day you met my beloved wife and the day you kissed your great-grandchildren for the first time”.
In the pages of his memoir Spare, due January 10, Prince Harry returns many times to the death of his beloved mother Diana. Especially on the day when King Charles III, still a prince, had to break the tragic news to them. And his way of doing things wasn’t the gentlest, as the Duke of Sussex says he expected a little more compassion and presence from his father when he broke the bad news. “What I remember as best as I can is not crying. Not a single tear. And my dad didn’t hug me,” he shared. Then: “I remember the king, his eyes were fixed on the coverlet, the comforter and the sheets of the bed we were lying on.” “I remember him telling us there were ‘complications’ after she was badly injured,” concluded Meghan Markle’s husband.