I too, like everyone else, have royal fever.
So I'm going to be spending the next couple of weeks rereading books about members of the British royal family in advance of the royal wedding, and friends - we may have a giveaway involved too.
Read on for more about Prince Harry: The Inside Story. It was released last summer, but has now been updated with chapters about Meghan Markle.
Expected publication: April 19th 2018 by HarperCollins
Format read: ARC via publisher (+ extended titles)
Today Harry is the most popular member of the monarchy after Her Majesty herself. He has won the public’s heart as the loveable rogue prince and royal heartthrob for girls and women around the world. What sets Harry apart from the rest of his family is the twinkle in the eye – the ability to rip up the rule book and let his natural cheekiness shine through.
Duncan Larcombe’s insightful and entertaining biography of the rebellious royal recalls Harry’s Eton exploits, his military career and his tempestuous love life, as well as revisiting some events that the prince would probably prefer to forget – such as his notorious Nazi fancy dress which landed him in a global storm of criticism. But despite a string of incidents that would normally destroy the career of any aspiring public figure, Harry has a mysterious gift. The more scrapes Harry gets in, the more the public seem to love him.
But with his military career over, Harry is at a cross-roads facing not just the pressure of full-time Royal work ahead, but the possibly carrying the burden of the British throne in the future. Will charm and personality be enough to prepare him for a life under the microscope of Royal work?
With that in mind, I was provided with the opportunity to read Prince Harry: The Inside Story last summer by HarperCollins, which I enjoyed immensely. When I realized the new version would feature chapters involving his relationship with Meghan Markle, I picked it up again and decided to finish my review.
Duncan Larcombe provides a thoughtful look at Harry's life from brith to adulthood, with gentle nods at the milestones that have helped Harry become the man he is today. It's a thorough look at Harry's life with Diana, his career and his relationship with William and Kate, and his romances - the latter of which take up a substantial amount of the book. Even though Harry is clearly some degree of playboy by the sheer volume of romances listed in the book, Larcombe has a light touch and manages to convey those romances as a young man who is trying to find himself.
Larcombe also doesn't shy away from mentioning some of Harry's more controversial moves, but is sympathetic in how he recounts them, and always provides justification for them. While those justifications can come off as patronizing or borderline infuriating in the hands of the wrong writer, Larcombe manages to relay them in a way that shows how sincerely Harry has changed, and readers will feel that genuine sense of growth, while reading.
Where the book truly shines though, is the deep delve into Harry's career in the army, and his charity work. Larcombe thoroughly asses Harry's motivations for joining the army and his struggles to be treated the same in a culture where he so clearly isn't, so that readers can't help but regard each listed milestone and achievement as a personal victory. Even though Harry clearly leads a life that most readers won't ever get close to leading, Larcombe beautifully depicts his struggles to be normal, and one can't help but empathize.
The additional chapters about Markle add a bit more insight into her background, and convey how well-matched they appear to be. Larcombe clearly has a sense of admiration for the couple, and it shows in the writing. While I would have loved to learn more about Markle and her status as a royal, I suspect Larcombe will have more than enough material for a future book.
All in all, a solid way to spend a few good hours. Highly recommend for Harry fans, and highly recommend in advance of the wedding.