Harry was ’embarrassed’ about his and Meghan’s HomeMax Mumby/Indigo – Getty Images
In his memoir, Spare, Prince Harry speaks at length about how differently he and his brother Prince William, the heir to the throne, have been treated throughout their lives.
The book’s title is a testament to this, alluding to how Harry was always viewed as a ‘surrogate’ by his father, King Charles III, and the institution, while William was always prioritized as the heir. That favoritism has shown in many ways over the years, according to Harry, including in the brothers’ respective royal houses.
In Spare – a copy of which was made available to BAZAAR.com ahead of its January 10 release – Harry reminisces about the time he first visited Prince William and Princess Kate’s renovated residence at Kensington Palace, Apartment 1A, and himself immediately ashamed of the Nottingham Cottage house he and his wife Duchess Meghan were ashamed of.
Harry writes of the Welsh home, “The wallpaper, the ceiling paneling, the walnut bookshelves full of volumes in peaceful colours, priceless works of art.” He says it is “magnificent” and “like a museum”.
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Meanwhile, he and Meghan decorated their much less lavish cottage with furniture they bought with the former actress’ credit card. And in their Netflix documentaries Harry & Meghan, the Sussexes admit they did a lot of the manual work – like the painting – themselves.
“We congratulated them on the renovation without holding back the compliments while feeling embarrassed about our IKEA lamps and the used sofa we recently bought on sale on sofa.com using Meg’s credit card,” Harry writes, recalling remember their visit to the Waleses’.
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