In his new memoir Spare, Prince Harry candidly describes the animosity and resentment he feels towards the monarchy, particularly how he’s been treated by his father King Charles and older brother Prince William. But just because he doesn’t currently have the best relationship with his family doesn’t mean he doesn’t want his two children to grow up with a positive one.
The Duke of Sussex confessed that he still hopes for reconciliation with the Royal Family and that he wants to see his wife Meghan Markle, their 3-year-old son Archie, and 19-month-old daughter Lilibet all be able to form their own deep, loving relationships with their family across the pond. “I’ve said before that I’ve wanted a family, not an institution—so of course, I would love nothing more than for our children to have relationships with members of my family, and they do with some, which brings me great joy,” he told People in a new cover story.
Harry went on to explain that while there’s been an explosive reaction to his new book from the public, “I want people to read my memoir and come to their own conclusions—I don’t want to tell anyone what to think of it and that includes my family. This book and its truths are in many ways a continuation of my own mental health journey. It’s a raw account of my life—the good, the bad and everything in between.”
The Duke also opened up to the magazine about his tight-knit relationship with the late Queen Elizabeth and how grateful he is that his children got a chance to have that same warm connection with her prior to her passing last September. “My grandmother and I were very close, and we very much did have a special relationship. I miss her dearly, as well as her cheeky sense of humor and quick wit,” he told the outlet. “I’m also really happy for her. She lived a full life and is now reunited with her husband. I will forever cherish every memory I had with her, especially the times she spent with my children.”
As for what’s next for the royal and his family, Harry says that they plan on staying in California and continuing their lives there. “I’m looking ahead and am optimistic for what’s to come. I have a beautiful and blessed life—one that comes with a platform, and with it responsibility that Meghan and I plan to use wisely,” he explained. “I feel I am exactly where I am meant to be and exactly where we [my family] are meant to be. I don’t think I could have written this book otherwise.”
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