Earlier this morning, news broke that Prince Harry’s highly anticipated memoir (which has allegedly caused a great deal of concern within the royal family) will be released on January 10, 2023. What is that title? Spare.
“spare As the world watches in grief and horror, two boys and two princes walk behind their mother’s coffin. “When Princess Diana, Princess of Wales was buried, billions of people wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling, and how their lives would play out from that point onwards. The impending review has been described as “a groundbreaking publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-earned wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”
At first glance, the one-word title is vague, but for Harry, and for the second generation of the royal family that preceded him, it holds great significance.
“heirs and spares” or “spares to heirs” was a common humble term for describing monarchs and their siblings. Multiple offspring, or “reserves,” were needed to secure the lineage in case they did. Simply put, they are human insurance, expendable once the older brother reaches mature age.
As times and societies progressed, it became less necessary and the media simply described royal children. They have been in the spotlight since birth, but unlike their eldest siblings, they have no defined role. declines with rank.
The Inevitable Conflict Continues: ‘Sibling Syndrome is a Persistent Problem,’ says Robert Lacy, Sibling Battles: William & Harry, The Story Behind a Family in Turmoil, Said. The system has not found a way to give them the recognition they need. Her famous ‘spare’, Princess Margaret, is said to have suffered greatly from her limited status. She made headlines living a life of rebellion and parties, including vodka breakfasts. By the time she died in 2002, her public attention had refocused on young royals like Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, and her Margaret had been largely forgotten.
Still, heir brothers have pre-planned destinies, but spares have something precious. “Who in the royal family would like to be king or queen? I don’t think so,” said Harry. Newsweek (In that context, “reserve” could take on another meaning, perhaps Harry feels “exempt” from the British monarchy itself.)
Harry’s memoir, co-written by famed ghostwriter J.R. Mohringer, will undoubtedly explore these complex emotions and help Harry determine his post-royal course as well. “As history has shown, the British monarchy is unpredictable,” royal expert Victoria Arbiter told CNN in 2016.
This article originally appeared in British Vogue.