Heir and the Spare!
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is becoming increasingly more distant to his relatives in the British Monarchy. In newly broadcast interviews in January 2023, Harry says, “I want a family, not an institution”.
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle released a documentary on Netflix, ‘Harry and Meghan’, this 6 part series aims to show their side of the story as they argue the media narrative is distorted by Newspaper attacks.
Prince Harry is soon publishing his auto-biographical memoir. Some details that have already emerged from the book show that Harry’s powerful family members have failed to protect him and Meghan.
Here is some useful vocabulary to help you understand Prince Harry revealing royal secrets!
Vocabulary From The News!
Heir – The person who has the legal right to receive the property or title of another person when they die
Prince William is the heir to the British throne i.e. he is next person to become king
Spare – Not needed, available to be used because it is extra
“The heir and the spare” is a common saying in royal history to descibe the monarch and their nearest sibling
Memoir – A book or other piece of writing based on the writer’s personal knowledge and experience
Prince Harry will publish his personal memoir next week
To leak – to deliberately give secret information to a newspaper, television company etc
A court in the UK rules that a letter leaked to a newspaper was published unlawfully
To plant – To cause an idea or story to exist, often deceptively
Prince Harry has repeatedly accused the royal family of planting negative stories about him and his wife in the press
Institution – A system of organization in society that has existed for a long time and serves a public purpose
Supporters of the monarchy often argue it is an important institution in society
Vile – Very cruel or unpleasant, causing disgust
A broadcaster has received a record number of complaints for ‘vile comments’ written in a newspaper column
Will you read Prince Harry’s book?
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