Prince Harry has shared more about himself in the past week than he has in the 38 years prior — a seismic shift that has left him feeling that for the first time in his extraordinary life, the world is finally seeing him for who he is, on his terms.
Until now, he writes in his new memoir Spare, out Tuesday, January 10, he felt most defined, both publicly and privately, by his role as the “spare” to his brother Prince William, 40, the heir.
“While I know much of my life may seem unrelatable, I do think most siblings can relate to struggling with comparisons, and my brother and I are no exception,” he says in this week’s exclusive PEOPLE cover story.
Amid days of interviews and intense reaction to his groundbreaking book, the Duke of Sussex opens up further about “the raw account” he offers in his candid book, which explores everything from the death of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was just 12 years old to the loss of his virginity at 17 to his painfully fract
As for what he hopes his family’s takeaway is from his memoir, he says:
“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.”