No, there is no insight here to the royal who defines himself as a spare. Life is too short. I can hardly think of a reason why I would ever want to read such a self-centered opus. It does not make my bucket list. It just does not come across as a particularly fine whine.
But what does appall me is the report I heard of his probably exaggerated kills in the British weapons-testing grounds of Afghanistan. Shooting Taliban might seem a jolly good sport to some but only an idiot would brag about his numbers. The ghost writer had a responsibility to omit the number of kills from the manuscript, the publisher’s editor needed to, at least, warn the fool that he was going to make himself a target. Harry should ask author Salman Rushdie (who is still alive, at this writing) how it feels to make yourself a target for a lot of pissed-off fanatics.
Harry had better hope that the sales from the book pay for double the costs of security for the rest of his life.
The guy who really did not need this book is Harry’s pathetic pater. The guy with the big ears and frumpy wife is trying hard to make it to the coronation. One wonders just how much of the commonwealth will be left when that event takes place?
Of course, Canada will still be loyal. It was obvious 40 years ago that Canada would be the last hold-out to try to keep the fiction of the monarchy. We were tied in knots then and there is little hope of a breakthrough to a new constitution. There is already enough dissatisfaction across this country today, nobody wants to poke it with the stick of the constitution.
Maybe Harry will do a book tour to shake out the latent buyers of his book. He hardly wants the embarrassment of remaindering. (That is when your book is sold off at a few dollars. There is no profit to authors in that.) He would have to get used to signing his name a few hundred times a day.
Mind you, it is unlikely that Harry fled the royals, stark naked and penniless. Having Hollywood for home might be a bit unreal but it runs on real money. Maybe, he is doing all this publicity just to get even with the managers at Buck Palace. Pity.
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