In late August 1997, my friends and I, who came to attend my master’s degree at Ain Shams University in Cairo, decided to visit London as a reward for four years of toil and research, despite our limited capabilities at that time. I did not know that fate had hidden a surprise for me at the beginning of my travel. On the morning of our arrival after an exhausting night trip, I woke up late to the sound of my friend calling me while she was staring at the TV, saying, “It seems that Princess Diana has died!” I was stunned when I saw British TV broadcasting the event live. I went out with my friends to the nearest flower shop, bought bouquets, and headed towards the royal palace, but the crowds hindered our progress, so we put our roses in the first gathering we came across near Harrods, where candles were lit for Dodi Al Fayed, the son of the shop owner, and Diana, who were killed together.
Days after the princess was killed, two and a half billion viewers witnessed the princess’s burial ceremony. Like many others, the sight of twelve-year-old Prince Harry as he walked behind the funeral from Kensington Palace to Westminster Church with members of the royal family caught my attention. A scene that Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, described as “strange and cruel”, as if Prince Harry had been trained for years to play this role. This solemnity and the traditions of hundreds of years of royal ritual almost made us forget that Harry was only a little boy whose mother had just died. I remembered all this while reading about the snowball that rolled in the diaries of that boy, who is now thirty-nine years old.
Prince Harry inspired the title of his memoir, “The Backup” or “The Alternative,” from a phrase his father, King Charles, said to Princess Diana at Harry’s birth, “Wonderful! You have now given me an heir and a reserve, my work is over.” Harry, then, is nothing but spare parts for his brother, the crown prince, if he needs an organ transplant or a blood transfusion, as he said about himself. A word that etched into his soul so much that he tried to advise his brother, Prince William, to avoid his children drinking from this bitter cup, saying: “I know that among these three children, at least one of them will end up like me, just in case. This hurts and worries me.” Harry says he decided to write his memoirs when he traveled to Britain to attend his grandfather’s funeral in April 2021. It was then that he realized that his father and brother did not really understand why he and his wife Megan had moved to California, so he had to tell them. But were the precursors of the memoirs not clear in the famous interview of the duo Harry and Megan with Oprah Winfrey a month before the death of the grandfather? Then why now, months after the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and also months before his father, Charles III, was officially crowned king, and his wife, his mother’s rival, Camilla, was queen?
There are many passages in the book about Princess Diana, as if he says that she was never absent, as she is present in every detail. Rather, he goes back to the picture that I mentioned at the beginning of the article and stands by her to justify or explain what happened on her day, and how he felt guilty during his mother’s funeral, as millions cry for her while He and his brother, the closest people to her, are not allowed to publicly express their grief. ». How painful it is when he recounts that his father, Charles, told him of her death while he was in his bed in the Balmoral Palace without embracing him. Rather, he went further than that, as he did not accept his mother’s death, and he believed that she had disappeared to move away from the great pressures that she was subjected to from both the palace and the press. . With his certainty that she would contact him one day in some way to invite him to join her, but when he saw the secret police files about her murder years after the incident, he pointed the finger of accusation that the close pursuit of the “paparazzi” was what caused her death, and he expressed that in words exuding pain that he “did not I knew before this moment that the last thing my mother saw on this earth was the flash of the flash.’
As for the other present and strongly in the book, Prince Harry’s wife, Megan Markle, and it is enough for us to understand his motives for writing his memoirs what he asked his family to apologize to her in an interview with the “Daily Telegraph” newspaper, saying: “You know what you did, and I am aware of the reason for your doing so, so they apologized.” Accusing They feed the yellow press to tarnish its image.--
And he wanted with his brother to open a new investigation into the cause of her death, but there were those who always opposed that. He himself tried to find an answer to the questions surrounding her death, so he drove his car into the “Alma” tunnel, where the princess died, at the same speed as the car she was traveling in, to understand what happened, but he later considered that a bad thing, and even attributed the reason for his drug use to his desire In overcoming this tragedy in his life. Even in the introductory word in the memoirs, the publisher chose to return to the funeral scene so that Princess Diana would remain present in the mind of the recipient, indicating that she is absent most present with her son.-
As for the other present and strongly in the book, Prince Harry’s wife, Megan Markle, and it is enough for us to understand his motives for writing his memoirs what he asked his family to apologize to her in an interview with the “Daily Telegraph” newspaper, saying: “You know what you did, and I am aware of the reason for your doing so, so they apologized.” Accusing They feed the yellow press to tarnish its image. And Megan did not forgive them the repeated bad treatment that she was dealt with, as she remains in their view the absolute American blackness that his brother, Prince William, described as poorly educated, and British journalist Jeremy Clarkson wrote about her, that he dreams of the day “when Megan is forced to walk naked in the streets of every city in Britain, As the crowd chanted at her, “Oh, shame!” She throws feces at her.” Then he returns to apologize after many personalities denounced the article and the “Independent Journalistic Standards Organization” received more than twenty thousand complaints.
Megan, who withdrew with her husband from the royal family, and gave up royal titles as her mother-in-law did before, could not have played a role in encouraging her husband to publish his memoirs, as she would never forgive them for not giving her son Archie the title of prince because of the amount of blackness in his skin color. And the pressures she was subjected to from the British media until she had suicidal thoughts, as she stated in her interview with Oprah. Palace circles have promoted that they want to make Prince Harry’s memoirs a best-selling book. And let’s not forget that Prince Harry talked about that he “wants to continue fighting by standing by his wife, and encourages other men to do the same,” so we can read the notes as one of the unconventional weapons he used in this fight. There is a passage in the memoirs indicating that Megan’s standing in the face of the royal family, even if behind her husband, is nothing but a continuation of Princess Diana’s standing before. When he returned, he found her kneeling with her eyes closed and placing her palms on the stones of the tomb. She had asked Diana for guidance and clarity of vision. So it is one march, if a martyr falls from it, his companion completes the path of struggle. Would I be an exaggeration if I said that Prince Harry’s “reserve” memoirs, in fact, are his mother’s revenge on his father, King Charles and his wife Camilla, implicitly, and his wife’s revenge on his brother Prince William and his wife Kate, and everyone who lined up behind them from the palace circles, yellow press and loyal media, carried out this revenge Harry on their behalf? This is what I feel regardless of the rightness of what the prince did in exposing family secrets and spreading their laundry on the ropes of world public opinion. Are there not two women behind every dangerous book?
Poet and media person from Bahrain