Prince Harry, one of the most popular members of the British royal family, has had a colorful life. Read more...
Prince Harry, one of the most popular members of the British royal family, has had a colorful life. After losing his mother at 12 years old, he spent his teenage years making questionable choices under intense international media scrutiny, becoming known for his mischevious grin, shock of red hair, and the occassional not-so-royal indiscretion. As he's grown, he has distinguished himself through military service, flying helicopters for the RAF. He served in Afghanistan and continues to devote himself to his military career. He also follows in his mother's footsteps with charity work--he is the founder of Sentebale, a charity to help orphans in Lesotho, and works with many other charitable organziations to help young people in society and to conserve natural resources. As he reaches his thirtieth birthday, Prince Harry is proving himself a prince of the people.
With unprecedented access to the most important figures in his life, Penny Junor is able get the truth about who this mercurial and fascinating royal son really is. A modern biography of a modern prince, this book offers an insider's look at the life of the man who is fourth in line to Britain's throne.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-07-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Royalty biographer Junor (The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor) profiles the “spare” prince in this well-researched, if rose-tinted account of his first 30 years. Junor sympathetically recounts the royal family’s controversies—the affairs, leaked phone conversations, and various betrayals—and speculates on 12-year-old Harry’s feelings about his mother’s death. There are Harry’s own scandals, most of which Junor glosses over or denies, like his underage drinking, his Nazi masquerade-party costume, and the leaked nude photos taken in a Las Vegas hotel room. She documents Harry’s military career from the “tough, brutal, relentless” drilling at Sandhurst to flight training at Shawbury and his establishment as an Apache copilot gunner. Harry’s philanthropic activities, covered somewhat exhaustively by Junor, find him visiting orphaned children in Lesotho—for whom he later established a charitable foundation—and organizing the inaugural U.K. Warrior games, an athletic event for wounded veterans. Fans of royalty will appreciate Junor’s details of the interior of Kensington Palace and Highgrove, the ins and outs of Eton College, and descriptions of William and Kate’s wedding and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Despite its flaws, Junor’s account is a fuller picture of the prince than can be discerned from his tabloid hijinks and a humanizing depiction of a devoted son and brother, a skilled soldier, and natural leader. (Sept.)