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Prince Harry's book is criticized in the UK

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London (AFP) – Prince Harry’s ‘Spare’ memoir was cast on Friday by British media and commentators who called it ‘vengeful’ and ‘calculated’, as Buckingham Palace kept quiet about the widely leaked content.

Days before the official release on Tuesday, revelations from the book dominated headlines and airwaves after a Spanish-language version of the memoir was mistakenly put up for sale in Spain.

Revelations such as how heir to the throne Prince William allegedly shoved Harry to the ground in a row in 2019 about how he lost his virginity, took drugs and killed 25 Taliban in Afghanistan have sparked controversy. both condemnation and derision.

Writer AN Wilson called the ghost-written tome – the biggest royal tome since Harry’s mother Princess Diana teamed up with Andrew Morton for ‘Diana: Her True Story’ in 1992 – “calculated and contemptible” and a work of “malevolence”.

‘Idiot’

“Having made the foolish decision to ‘go public’ on his split with the Royal Family, Harry was undoubtedly under enormous pressure…to spew as much poison as possible,” he wrote in the Daily Mail. .

“But it cast him in a terrible light. And whatever he wanted, it makes us sympathize not with him, but with the royal family.”

The book received a critical response from the UK media and commentators
The book received a critical response from the UK media and commentators © Daniel LEAL / AFP

The book is the latest hostile outburst from Harry and his American wife Meghan after they quit royal duties and moved to California in 2020.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they are officially known, have since benefited from their royal connections with several lucrative deals for tell-all books and programs.

The Spanish version of the book was hastily pulled from shelves after Thursday’s blunder, but not before it was bought up by the media, breaking the publisher’s strict global embargo.

The Sun tabloid said that while people sympathized with Harry, 38, over the trauma of losing his mother as a child and having to cry in the public eye, “neither can justify the destructive path and avenger he chose, throwing his own family under a bus for millions of dollars”.

In an op-ed, he pointed to “countless discrepancies” in his claims and urged him to listen to his friends who urged him to “stop for his own good”.

Harry's book is the latest hostile outburst from him and his American wife Meghan after they quit royal duties and moved to California in 2020.
Harry’s book is the latest hostile outburst from him and his American wife Meghan after they quit royal duties and moved to California in 2020. © Danny Lawson / POOL/AFP

Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir called the book “the sour icing on the rancid cake” of Harry and Meghan’s other assorted programs and interviews in which they took aim at his family.

The Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff said the book went beyond issues of “inconvenient public interest” to address “dirty laundry” in public.

The left-leaning newspaper, which has questioned the role of the monarchy in modern Britain, was the first to publish a leaked extract from the book this week in which Harry described his physical altercation with William.

“The details of the brothers’ alleged brawl in a palace cottage are both almost ridiculously trivial and heartbreakingly sad,” she wrote.

‘red haze’

Britain’s ITV network and US broadcaster CBS had secured exclusive interviews with Harry which were due to air on Sunday ahead of Tuesday’s release.

“I saw this red haze in him,” Harry said in an excerpt from his chat with ITV, speaking about the altercation with William. “He wanted me to answer him, but I chose not to.”

Bookstores are preparing for the sale of the autobiography
Bookstores are preparing for the sale of the autobiography © Daniel LEAL / AFP

“I want reconciliation, but first you have to be accountable,” he adds.

As the #ShutUpHarry hashtag started trending on Twitter, The Sun quoted sources close to his father, King Charles III, as saying he was saddened by the book.

But there has been no official comment from the palace.

William told a reporter the family were “not really a racist family” while his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, said “memories may vary”.

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