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Any doubts about whether Prince Harry burned the Royal Rulebook when he was were erased Drink tequila in the air With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday. Or maybe when he revealed his desire arrangement inside and outside (Animal style!) for People magazine. After, after reporting days Based on Leaked copies or wrong sales From Harry’s diary, plus a few more Scheme promotional interviewswas the book Released Tuesday. Did we get up at an excruciatingly early hour to read quickly?

We’ll save you our reaction to “Spear,” as the book is called. You can read Post review here. Instead, here are five key points to help explain the origins of this shocking mansion and why its finds have been so powerful.

1. Harry and Meghan don’t want privacy. They are trying to control their narrative. In interviews that were linked to the publication of Spear (which led to the emergence of the Highest first day sales of any nonfiction book has it ever been published, says publisher Penguin Random House), Harry was asked about the discrepancy between his tell-all memoir and his years of complaints about media infringement of his privacy. Same questions surrounded The two Netflix six-episode docuseries premiere in December. The couple’s press secretary responded in the current situation Last month: The Duke and Duchess “never cited privacy as a reason to back off” from their royal commitments. The statement said the popular media surrounding the royal family had created a “distorted narrative” that would “lock the couple into silence. … They are choosing to share their story on their terms.” BuzzFeed News’s Longtime royal correspondent Ellie Hall has it Documented This issue. To Harry’s credit, he admitted to the awkward position he’s in, feeding the same media monster who criticized him earlier.

2. Harry dodges when asked if he is violating his relatives’ privacy. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hate the British media – but at the same time they provide the world, including the tabloids, with family tales. Harry says he’s only setting the record straight years after palace officials left him and his wife for the tabloid Jackals. Harry alleges that his family’s agents spread false reports to the British media about the Sussexes and traded negative stories about the couple for positive coverage of other royals. This hypocrisy divide leads to revelations (some of them paraphrased), incl physical confrontation Between Harry and Prince William W Bridesmaid dress brouhaha. But it was never settled. Harry wants credit for putting his name behind his words – it’s admirable and not a family trait. But the truth is, his family is the reason people buy his book.

3. Reconciliation seems unlikely — at least for a while. Harry said he would like to Father and brother “return”. But he may want something he can’t have: he wants “a family, not an institution.” Perhaps if he talked more with his family (it’s been a long time, he told interviewers), he’d remember that House of Windsor is 100 percent an institution. “Strangling individual happiness” can be as much a family mantra as “never explain, never complain.” Like it or not, Harry’s family leads a monarchy that he criticizes, so it’s hard to see how he could get rid of one without hurting the other.

Following the Netflix series “Harry & Meghan,” Prince Harry has gone on a media tour for his new memoir, “Spare,” due for release Jan. 10 (Video: Allie Caren/The Washington Post)

4. Harry’s story is a fascinating historical document. Descriptions of “Spare” as “Pure chaos,” TMI or the Lament of the Distinguished White Man oversimplifies the book. (That is not to say that chaos, TMI, and heartfelt assistance to privilege are not essential parts of the book.) Sweeping Harry’s Diary: One Man’s Journey from Schoolboy to Soldier to Married Father; Love Letter to a Lost Mother , thrown into the grief of a 12-year-old boy; an indictment of a family that has the resources to care for two injured children—but no apparent will or angst to do so; a man’s love-inducing celebration of his wife. “Reserve” is no literary masterpiece (for your own sake, skip the multitalk The chapters are about his frostbitten toddler). Over time, Harry may regret sharing so much. But some of the content is startling: Harry accuses his stepmother, Camilla, soon-to-be-crowned queen, of publishing negative reports about him amid efforts to improve her public image. He tells his brother about Their father’s efforts to upgrade himself at their expense.

think about it. A lot of Americans who were Tired of Harry and Meghan You will likely find elements of Harry’s story that you respect or even lament. When the prince spoke with Colbert About his military service in Afghanistan and why he included it in his book – details that were Quickly Criticize – The effect was moving.

5. Harry says the monarchy value in the twenty-first century But not how it should change. The “heir-and-reserve” dynamic that the prince describes suggests it dominates his life (“I was the shadow,” he writes, “the support, Plan B. Brought into the world in case something happened to my guardian”). As one Guardian column put it, “Something very unhealthy about genetic strength. However, Harry has been more specific about changing British tabloid culture than the British monarchy. We don’t expect deeper repercussions in the near term. But Harry and Meghan have seen it from the inside, and if they can’t explain why it matters – who can?

ICYMI: Here’s a video of Harry’s “60 Minutes” interview with Anderson Cooper:

Coverage from across The Post

There is no escaping Harry and Meghan’s family drama – anywhere in the world, Writes Correspondent, Adela Suleiman, who resides in London. the Release Harry’s memoir this week — on the heels of last month’s Netflix documentary by the California-based Duke and Duchess of Sussex — has sparked conversations around the world, “as many view rogue royals’ grievances about their family through their own cultural lenses.”

Following the Netflix series “Harry & Meghan,” Prince Harry has gone on a media tour for his new memoir, “Spare,” due for release Jan. 10 (Video: Allie Caren/The Washington Post)

That’s four minutes Video Highlights key moments from the first interviews Harry gave in the US to promote his book.

For those who want to read the highlights, This is amazing Article by Chief London Officer William Booth summarizing the major findings.

here a timetable to the breakdown in the relationship between Harry and William, By journalist Jennifer Hassan, based in London.

And some sarcasm from Alexandra Petrie, Post Opinions columnist:I’m a prince from “Two Princes” and I also wrote the word “tell it all”

Amid all of Spear’s coverage, the Princess of Wales turned 41 this week.

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