By the author of the top 10 bestseller The Duchess, this is the Prince Harry you've never read about before - this is the story behind the tabloid stories. The Prince who has the power to make or break. The maverick Prince, who is brilliant, impetuous and unpredictable. The Prince who with his unique talents, charm and bloody-minded determination is changing lives across the world. But the Prince who could, in a moment of madness, bring it all crashing down.
He is the redhead that Diana called 'the spare', whose childhood was one of chaos and loss; the little boy walking behind his mother's cortege who broke our hearts. This is the story of how he survived the loss and chaos; how he lived in the shadow of his older, cleverer, more important brother - until suddenly he discovered there was something he could do better than almost anyone. This is the story of how the troubled teenager grew into a leader of men, a soldier, a pilot, an adventurer and a passionate champion of those who are in danger of being destroyed or forgotten.
Written with the help of many of the most important people in his life, this is the first authoritative biography of this most delightful, charismatic and dangerous of the Queen's grandsons.
Royalty biographer Junor (The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor) profiles the "spare" prince in this well-researched, if rose-tinted account of his first 30 years. Junor sympathetically recounts the royal family's controversies the affairs, leaked phone conversations, and various betrayals and speculates on 12-year-old Harry's feelings about his mother's death. There are Harry's own scandals, most of which Junor glosses over or denies, like his underage drinking, his Nazi masquerade-party costume, and the leaked nude photos taken in a Las Vegas hotel room. She documents Harry's military career from the "tough, brutal, relentless" drilling at Sandhurst to flight training at Shawbury and his establishment as an Apache copilot gunner. Harry's philanthropic activities, covered somewhat exhaustively by Junor, find him visiting orphaned children in Lesotho for whom he later established a charitable foundation and organizing the inaugural U.K. Warrior games, an athletic event for wounded veterans. Fans of royalty will appreciate Junor's details of the interior of Kensington Palace and Highgrove, the ins and outs of Eton College, and descriptions of William and Kate's wedding and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Despite its flaws, Junor's account is a fuller picture of the prince than can be discerned from his tabloid hijinks and a humanizing depiction of a devoted son and brother, a skilled soldier, and natural leader.