Prince Harry has revealed his concern over one of his brother’s children being referred to as a “spare” like him.
The Duke of Sussex’s memoir “Spare” saw him accuse several members of the royal family of feeding the media stories about him and his wife in a bid to divert attention from the rest of the family. He also said that despite being found out, none of them have attempted to apologize.
Harry recently had an interview where he expressed concern over his brother’s children. He claimed that he felt some responsibility over the fact that one of the Prince of Wales’s three children would be known as the “spare,” like him.
Read on to learn more.
Prince Harry Says His Brother’s Child Would Be Called A ‘Spare’
Harry joined the Telegraph in an interview released days after his tell-all memoir was launched on January 10. He claimed that he worried about other possible “spares” in the royal family. The Duke also admitted that the possibility of one of his brother’s three children becoming a “spare” hurt him.
“Though William and I have talked about it once or twice, and he has made it very clear to me that his kids are not my responsibility, I still feel a responsibility knowing that out of those three children, at least one will end up like me, the spare. And that hurts; that worries me,” Harry said per E! News.
Prince William is the heir to the British throne and has three children with his wife, Kate Middleton. They include nine-year-old Prince George, Princess Charlotte, seven, and four-year-old Prince Louis. Prince George is second in line to the throne.
King Charles III Allegedly Called Prince Harry The ‘Spare’
“Spare” reportedly comes from the moniker given to Harry by his family and the U.K. tabloid press. He claimed that he was often known as the “shadow, the support, the Plan B.” The father of two said, “I was brought into the world in case something happened to Willy.”
“I was summoned to provide backup, distraction, diversion, and, if necessary, a spare part. Kidney, perhaps. Blood transfusion. Speck of bone marrow. This was all made explicitly clear to be from the start of life’s journey and regularly reinforced thereafter,” he continued.
Harry revealed that his father, King Charles was the first to call him the name when he was born as a “joke. Presumably.” The monarch allegedly told Princess Diana, “Wonderful! Now you’ve given me an Heir and a Spare—my work is done.” Harry said he “took no offense.”
Prince Harry Accused The Royal Family Of Feeding The Press Information
Among Harry’s numerous claims in his memoir, “Spare,” the royal alleged that the royal family had given the British media information about him and his wife to publish. In one instance, he mentioned Camilla, his stepmother, and Queen Consort and alleged that she had leaked private details about his conversation with Prince William, his brother, to the press.
He also stated that the Queen consort had given the media information about him concerning how he felt about her marriage to King Charles in 2005. “I had complex feelings about gaining a stepparent, who I thought had recently sacrificed me on her personal PR altar,” Harry wrote.
In several other parts of the book, Harry accused the members of his family of giving the press false stories about him and Meghan Markle and refusing to set the record straight. This, according to him, moved the negative attention to him and Meghan rather than other royal family members.
The Duke’s Accusations Termed ‘Ridiculous’
Although the royal family has not directly responded to Harry’s accusations, Kristina Kyriacou, King Charles’ communication secretary who held the role years before he was made monarch, released a statement. While talking to “Good Morning America” in a Tuesday interview, she called Harry’s claims “simply ridiculous.”
Kyriacou went on to note that despite being in charge of the communications team for the King and Queen consort, not once did any royal member make such a request. “I ran the whole communications team for the king and the queen consort,” she said.
“Never once did any member of the royal family brief a member of the media with a story or run into the communications team or call us by the phone and say, ‘I’d like you to brief this into the media. I’m not happy with the attention this member of the royal family is getting,'” Kyriacou continued. “The notion is quite simply ridiculous.”