Prince Harry has revealed many things about his former life as a working royal in his tell-all memoir, Spare.
Since its release last Tuesday, the book has sold over one million copies; it’s projected to become one of the most-sold books of the year.
In the biography, Harry made several claims, as well as aiming criticisms at several members of the Royal Family, including his father, King Charles, brother Prince William, Kate Middleton, and his stepmother, Camilla. Not only that, but Harry’s included bits on Prince George and his experience in welcoming his eldest nephew.
When George was born, Harry claims he had pictured how he might watch George grow up. Sadly, things haven’t turned out as expected since then, and now, a royal expert fears the revelation Harry included in Spare might damage George in the future.
It feels like just yesterday that William and Kate walked out of St. Mary’s Hospital on July 22, 2013, to announce the birth of their first child and future King of England, Prince George.
Since then, a fair bit has happened.
The royal children
Prince Harry met, fell in love, and tied the knot with Meghan Markle for one. The two then left royal life behind, ending in a bitter feud with the Firm, one which has waged across the Atlantic Ocean. Moreover, last year, Queen Elizabeth sadly passed away, meaning Harry’s father, Charles, is finally now king.
Perhaps more importantly, the royals have had the great blessing of welcoming more family members. In William and Kate’s case, that meant two further children.
While Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis won’t have such significant roles as their big brother, Prince George, in the future, they will likely be critical aspects of his monarchy. So as one can imagine, it’s a lot for William and Kate to prepare them for.
Even so, their parents are said to be intent on giving their children a normal childhood.
Princess Charlotte was born in 2015. Then, three years later, William and Kate’s third child, Prince Louis, was welcomed into the world.
But it wasn’t just Kate and William that got the pleasure of welcoming additions to the family. Meghan gave birth to her and Harry’s first child, Archie, in May 2018. In 2021, they welcomed daughter Lilibet.
As Prince George was the first child born in the “next generation” of royals, his birth was, of course, very special. Not only for parents William and Kate but the entire Royal Family, Harry included.
Prince Harry recall moment Prince George was born
In his new tell-all book, Spare, Harry details the moment he became an uncle for the first time when George was born.
“I was an uncle. Willy and Kate had welcomed their first child, George, and he was beautiful. I couldn’t wait to teach him about rugby and Rorke’s Drift, flying and corridor cricket – and maybe give him a few pointers about how to survive life in the fishbowl,” Harry recalled.
When he appeared at an event in 2013, Harry was asked about his newborn nephew and how he felt about becoming an uncle.
“When I saw him [Prince George] he was crying as all babies do, but it’s fantastic to have a new member of the family. I hope my brother knows how expensive my babysitting charges will be,” Harry explained.
A reporter asked him what his primary duties as an uncle would be, with Harry replying: “To make sure he has a good upbringing, to keep him out of harm’s way and make sure he has fun. The rest of it I leave up to the parents.”
Two years later, William and Kate welcomed Princess Charlotte. That entailed Harry becoming an uncle for the second time – though at that time, he was further from home than he perhaps would have wanted to be.
“I went to Australia for a round of military exercises, and while there, I got word: Willy and Kate had welcomed their second child. Charlotte. I was an uncle again and very happy about it,” he wrote in Spare.
Harry claims he was never invited to spend time with George
When George was born, William and Kate needed more space. That meant moving into Kensington Palace. Harry, meanwhile, moved into Nottingham Cottage, just across the road from his brother’s new home.
It didn’t take long, though, before he felt something was wrong. In his book, the Duke explained how he was really pleased about moving into Nottingham Cottage, which was within walking distance of Kensington Palace. Or, as he described it, “half a football pitch away” from his house, where he also could hear William and Kate’s nanny go past with the stroller at all hours.
He said it was “nice to get out of the old place, but even better to live in front of Willy and Kate,” and he “could see myself dropping in to see them all the time.”
Harry dreamed about popping into William and Kate’s, hanging out with George, and “throwing himself on the floor” to wrestle with his nephew.
The reality, according to Harry, was completely different.
“I took it for granted that I would be invited to their house at any moment. But the days went by, and it didn’t happen,” he explains. “I understand, I thought. They’re busy! Building a family! Or maybe… three’s a crowd. Maybe if I get married things will change.”
Harry and Meghan Markle have been very outspoken about what they think of the royals since the infamous Oprah interview in 2020. In December, with the release of their new Netflix documentary series, they continued to express disappointment over their royal life.