Posted: 19.01.2023 15:53:00

Royal fun

The cynical revelations of Prince Harry destroy the reputation of the English royal dynasty already bogged down in the scandals

In the West, on January 10th, the scandalous book Spare by the most famous British Harry (but not Potter) went on sale. However, even before the release, fragments of the work of the ex-Duke of Sussex were at the disposal of a number of media outlets, which show that the younger brother of the heir to the throne decided to give out all the ins and outs of relations in a seemingly noble family...

Palace secrets

 So, what is it that the exiled prince has made, if since the beginning of January the whole of Britain has been speaking about it? Let’s start with the name. As the youngest son of Princess Diana assures in the book, his father Charles awarded him such a nickname immediately after birth: William was considered the main heir. At the same time, dad did not treat the boy as his own and often made caustic jokes with the mention of Major James Hewitt, Lady Diana’s red-haired lover. Although, in fact, Harry was born before the princess met Hewitt, and there is no way the major could be the father of the prince.
A considerable part of Harry’s memoirs is generally devoted to the love affairs of parents. Thus, the prince recalls that he was afraid of the second marriage of Charles with Camilla Parker Bowles. He thought that she would become a classic evil stepmother. However, as it turns out later, this is exactly what happened — as soon as the mistress of the future king moved into the palace, she immediately turned Harry’s nursery into a personal dressing room, which still angers Diana’s youngest son.
Harry speaks warmly of his mother. He admitted that he did not immediately believe in the death of Lady Diana from injuries sustained as a result of an accident in the tunnel under the Alma Bridge, and at first believed that his mother staged death to hide from annoying paparazzi. Now the prince, who was 12 at the time of the tragedy, regrets that he did not pick up the phone that day and did not talk to Diana.
However, the memories of the darling of all Britain are perhaps the only bright moment of the memoirs. After this retreat, Harry returns to digging through dirty laundry, his own and of his family. And here, as they say, ‘went to town’.
From a generally harmless boy who lost his mother early and has a difficult relationship with his father, an unprincipled carnivore grows up, whose behaviour clearly does not fit with the image of a person of royal blood.

Where did your youth go?

A special place in the book is occupied by descriptions of the adventures of the prince (then without the prefix ‘ex’) at the age of 17. That year, at least two significant events took place that influenced Harry’s later life: he lost his virginity and tried drugs for the first time. The reserve heir performed the first action with a woman who was 19 years older than him. The prince prudently does not disclose the name of the temptress — most likely, he is afraid that unexpected fame will lead to a lawsuit from the lady, and then to an accusation of violence, which is fashionable today. Fortunately, Harry and his current wife Meghan Markle have something to demand for silence.
With no less calmness, as if everything is as it should be, Harry also talks about drug use. At 17, the royal offspring got hooked on cocaine. And he did not just try the drug, but for some time he did it regularly. “I used cocaine then ... It wasn’t very fun, and I didn’t feel particularly happy because of it ... I was seventeen,” Diana’s youngest son states in the book.

Death from the sky

When you read, it does not leave a feeling of some kind of pretense, as if the author does not write memoirs, but paints the hero of a kind of modern ‘philosophical’ novel, an experienced, hardened cynic who has tried everything in the world.
So, for example, Harry writes that during his service in Afghanistan (the prince made two trips to the combat zone as an air controller and co-pilot operator of the weapons of the Apache attack helicopter) he killed 25 Taliban. “So, my number is 25. And it doesn’t fill me with satisfaction, but it doesn’t embarrass me either,” we read on the pages of Spare. What follows is a not very convincing, but obligatory morality that the prince still killed bad guys, the September 11th attack is recalled and stuff like that. For some reason, Harry does not mention the fact that the invasion of Afghanistan and the massacre arranged there by the allies destabilised the region for many years and caused numerous civilian casualties.

Swastika on the sleeve

Talking about sorties, Harry mentions that he saw in the Taliban not people, but chess pieces. Like, it was easier for him to kill them.
Doesn’t it remind you of anything? Anyone who saw Nazi mannerisms in this is certainly right. ‘Spare’, while accusing the family of racism, is, in fact, a fascist himself.

First, he proved this with his form, appearing at a party in 2005 in a Wehrmacht African Corps costume and a bandage with a swastika on his sleeve, and a few years later he proved it with his actions, ‘knocking pieces off the chessboard’ in the Afghan mountains.
By the way, Harry did not have the courage to take responsibility for this act. In the book, he describes the preparations for that very party, but insists that his brother and his girlfriend pushed him to choose the Nazi costume, “I had a dilemma: put on a pilot suit or a Nazi uniform. I myself leaned towards the clothes of the pilot, but when William and Kate saw me in the form of a Nazi, they rolled with laughter and insisted that I dressed up in it.”

There is nothing worse than the feud of two brothers

While Harry did not say many negative things about his father, the future King Charles III, apparently feeling some respect for the age of the monarch, despite the difficult relationship in childhood, he was very blunt about William and Kate. So, the ex-prince described the ugly scene that happened between him and the Prince of Wales. During another skirmish, William insulted his brother’s bride by saying that Markle is ‘problematic, rude and harsh’. The prince, based on his words, tried to calm the offender, but he first called him names, and then tore the jewellery around his neck and pushed him. Harry ‘luckily’ landed on the dog bowl, the pieces of which bit into his back. The final quarrel, however, turned out to be unremarkable, “I froze for a moment in shock, got to my feet and told him to leave,” writes an offended Harry. As a result, the only victim was the royal dog, to whom the violent princes broke the dishes.

There is no public reaction of William himself to his brother’s literary work yet. However, the Daily Beast has learned from an unnamed close friend of the King’s eldest son that the Duke of Wales ‘despises Harry and Meghan, hates them, feels betrayed and deeply saddened’.
But Charles III, who is preparing for the May coronation, turned out to be quicker and has already crossed out the unlucky son from the list of invitees.
In general, Prince Harry’s opus is interesting not so much as a work of literature or a fascinating story about the life of a ‘noble’ person. Rather, it is a peculiar and hardly conscious diagnosis of Western society and its elites.
The British royal family has long been considered a model of traditional values, but a series of scandals at the end of the past and the first decades of this century have fundamentally undermined the authority of the Windsors. In many ways, respect for the family rested on the earnest reverence for the Queen Mother Elizabeth II. Now, after the death of the monarch, the time has come for compromising evidence, intrigues and mutual mud-slinging.

They are like this now, these heroes of the West. Honour and dignity are clearly not about them. Wild antics, debauchery, drugs, participation in unjust wars accompany the princes all their lives, forming a completely unsightly image of Western elites. Harry’s revelations are actually a very valuable historical document, revealing the true face of not only the royal family, but also the power systems in general to the west of the Belarusian borders.
And now let’s think. In 2020, the zmagars (opposition activists) actively dragged Belarus allegedly to Europe, promised to introduce them to the values of the Western world and finally take them out of the post-Soviet state. Only now that very West turned out to be quite unattractive, like red-haired Harry, arranging a planetary obstruction of his own family. And forgive me, but we do not need such a civilization. Let’s get by with our traditional values: no drugs, fighting princes and their hysterical wives.

By Anton Popov
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