Review posted April 22, 2023.
Books on Tape, 2023. 15 hours, 40 minutes.
Review written April 15, 2023, from a library eaudiobook.
I've never been much of a celebrity-watcher, but I did watch Diana's funeral so many years ago, and along with so many others, my heart went out to Harry, losing his mother far too soon. When he wrote a book, telling his story his own way rather than through an intermediary, I wanted to hear it, wanted to hear that his heart had healed.
And yes, this is a story of healing.
Though first, it's a story of pain. It was heart-wrenching to hear how many years went by before he stopped believing that his mother had simply staged her own death and built a life for herself elsewhere and would one day call for him.
There are stories of romances with good people who couldn't hold up to the horrendous persistent invasive attention of the press. (Prince Harry doesn't like the press.) But the story of him meeting and falling in love with Meghan Markle simply shines with love.
He finally got therapy. He stood up for himself and sued the press. And he withstood basically being cast out of the royal family.
The end says that a large portion of proceeds from this wildly best-selling book are going to charity, but I hope he keeps some for himself and his family, as the story also includes how the royal family is no longer paying for his security or any living expenses. And I would have rolled my eyes about that before I heard this story. The work of the royal family is public relations. And that includes raising money for charity. That he's continuing that work he was born into, despite being cast off, is admirable.
I'm left after reading this book wholeheartedly wishing for him and his family health, happiness, and continued deep love for one another. And goodness, I hope the press will start leaving them alone.
This one's worth a read, and like all audiobooks where the narrator has an English accent, it's well worth hearing with Harry's own voice reading it to you.