The upcoming memoir by Prince Harry will include details of his 12-year-old self accompanying Princess Diana’s casket.
The tragic day of the Princess of Wales’ funeral will be described in the Duke of Sussex’s book Spare, which will be published on January 10, 2023.
During the funeral procession in 1997, Prince Harry marched through the streets of London alongside his brother Prince William (who was 15), father, the then-Prince Charles, grandpa Prince Philip, and uncle Charles Earl Spencer.
Penguin Random House, the book’s publisher, wrote on the memoir’s website: “It was one of the most heartbreaking images of the twentieth century: two little boys, two princes, marching behind their mother’s coffin while the world watched in sadness — and horror. Billions of people pondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling, as well as how their lives would proceed after Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest.”
The emotional hardship of following his mother’s coffin was previously mentioned by 38-year-old Prince Harry.
In a 2017 interview with Newsweek, he recalled having to travel a distance behind his mother’s coffin while hundreds of people watched him and millions more did so on television. “Under no circumstances should I believe that any child should be expected to do that. I don’t believe it would occur right now.”
Harry claimed that the two brothers’ choice to join the procession was the result of a “collective decision” in the 2017 BBC documentary Diana, 7 Days.
However, before he knew it, he was wearing a suit, a black tie, and what appeared to be a white shirt, and he was a part of it. “I honestly don’t know if I think that was right or wrong. I appreciate being a part of it. I’m delighted I was involved now that I’ve had time to reflect on it.”
It was described as a “long and lonely stroll” by Prince William in the same program.
The 40-year-old Prince of Wales added, “It wasn’t a decision that was made lightly, and it was a decision that the family made together. “One of the hardest things I’ve ever done was that. But the turnout was so astounding that we were really taken aback. That was what we had to do since there was a balance between family and duty.”
Prince Diana’s brother stated in 2017’s The Story of Diana and to PEOPLE that he didn’t think “little” Harry should have endured the arduous journey.
“The little boy had to walk behind his mother’s body, which Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, described as traumatizing. “Simply horrible. To be really honest, I attempted to prevent that from happening.”
“For Harry, this is that story at last,” writes Penguin Random House about the Duke of Sussex’s memoir.
According to the author’s own words in the book description, “Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom on the enduring power of love over pain.”
As stated in Prince Harry’s book bio, he “is a husband, father, environmentalist, philanthropist, and former military person. He resides in Santa Barbara, California, where he also has three dogs living with him.” In 2020, after resigning from their roles as working members of the royal family, Harry, and his bride, Meghan Markle, moved to her state. Archie Harrison, their son, is three, and Lilibet Diana, their daughter, is one. They also have Guy, Pula, and Mia, three dogs.
The book and CD sales should generate some charitable donations.
The Duke of Sussex declared that he would donate $1.5 million from the sales of his upcoming memoir to Sentebale during a speech at a polo match in Aspen, Colorado, in August 2021. Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and Harry collaborated to create Sentebale in 2006 to aid African children living with HIV.
‘I’m grateful to be able to give back in this way for the children and towns that desperately need it,’ he said in a statement. ‘This is one of the numerous donations I hope to make to humanitarian organizations.
Prince Harry will also donate £300,000 to WellChild, according to the Spare website. In 2018 and 2019, Meghan accompanied him at the annual awards ceremony for the charity that supports chronically ill children and their families. He has been a patron of the organization since 2007.
In an earlier statement, Prince Harry added, “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born, but as the man, I have become.” “I’ve had many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and I hope that by telling my experience — the highs and lows, the mistakes, and the lessons learned — I can help illustrate that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we believe.”
He stated, “I’m incredibly glad for the chance to share what I’ve discovered throughout the course of my life so far, and I’m eager for people to read a firsthand account of my life that is factual and fully true.”