Spare: Prologue - Section 10
This is the first in a series of posts summarizing and sharing thoughts on Prince Harry’s book Spare. I will write a shorter, overall summary for all my free subscribers when I finish the book.
Spare opens with a prologue in which Harry is waiting in the royal graveyard of the Frogmore gardens for William and Charles. He muses about life and death—wondering about Wallis, David, and Diana—as he kicks around passing the time. He thinks a lot about Diana, whom he describes as pure and radiant light. He talks about wanting the peace Diana was searching for. One has to wonder how much of this is what he was really thinking about and how much is his ghost writer’s dramatic flair to kick off the book. I found it a little much as a starter, but I suppose at this point, I am not the most unbiased of observers.
In any event, after almost giving up on the wait, Harry finally sees Charles and William approaching:
Then, at last, I saw them. Shoulder to shoulder, striding towards me, they looked grim, almost menacing. More, they looked tightly aligned. My stomach dropped. Normally they’d be squabbling about one thing or another, but now they appeared to be in lockstep—in league.
The thought occurred to me: Hang on, are we meeting for a walk…or a duel?