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Harry to focus on ‘feelings of inadequacy within Royal Family’

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Prince Harry will be looking to “foreground feelings of inadequacy” within the Royal Family in his new bombshell memoir, a professor has predicted, as he opens up about the “difficult position” he likely found himself in within The Firm. The Duke of Sussex, 38, announced last year he would be producing a tell-all account of his life with Penguin Random House.

He promised the memoir would be “accurate and wholly truthful”, adding he was “writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become”.

On Thursday, several new details about the upcoming memoir were released, including the title of the book.

‘Spare’ will hit the shelves on January 10, 2023, after being “tentatively” scheduled for later this year.

The title immediately prompted speculation over the content, with Professor Pauline Maclaran of Royal Holloway, University of London, telling she believed the title was an apt choice for the long-awaited book.

She predicted the memoir would be an appeal from the Duke to the masses as a relatable figure, and a formulation of a new identity for the prince now separated from the Royal Family.

She told “My initial thoughts are that this is a good title for the book.

“The spare heir has long been recognised as a difficult position to sustain and often the spares go astray – we can think of Princess Margaret and Prince Andrew here for starters.”

The author of “Royal Fever” argued the book will see the Duke “foregrounding his feelings of inadequacy in terms of his royal role”, and a push to “carve out his own identity”.

She added: “I see this memoir as likely bridging his past life with his new one as, from the website, he seems to be carving out his identity as a humanitarian and reaching out to people on the basis that he is just like them.”

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams also referred to the title as an “ominous” sign of what the pages will contain when they hit the shelves.

He told on Thursday: “When someone refers to themselves as a spare, it is at best cynical and at worst derogatory.

“As a future Queen, it was sometimes said, Diana’s duty was to produce an ‘heir and a spare’.

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“Harry’s choice of title, published almost two years to the day when the Sussexes announced they were stepping back only subsequently to step down as senior working royals, is ominous.”

‘Spare’ will be constructed with “raw, unflinching honesty”, according to a newly-launched website dedicated to the book.

It details how the memoir will be “full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief”.

It will be published in 16 languages, and will also be released as an audiobook read by Prince Harry.

The Duke will donate $1.5m of the profits to Sentebale, a charity established by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006.

A further $300,000 has been earmarked for WellChild, of which the Duke has been a patron for 15 years.

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