- Ronald Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis said she thinks Prince Harry may regret writing his memoir, Spare.
- Opining for The New York Times, Davis compared “Spare” to her own account of her family.
- Davis wrote that she wished she could have told her younger self to “shut up,” and gave similar advice to Harry.
Patti Davis, the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and author of her own anthology, said she thinks Prince Harry may regret writing his memoir, Spare.
In an op-ed for The New York Times published Saturday, Davis compared Harry’s forthcoming book to the aftermath of her 1992 autobiography The Way I See It. The memoir is described on Goodreads as “an insider’s view of growing up Reagan , which describes her father’s emotional abandonment of her, her mother’s cruelty and bitter family rivalries, uncontrollable anger and dark secrets”.
Davis has spoken about criticizing and making up with her famous parents, telling USA Today in 2004 that she “had to run away to get home.”
She wrote on Saturday that she apologized to her father for writing the book that “opened the gates of our difficult family life” after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1994. Davis also noted that reading “Spare” reminded her of that moment.
“My justification for writing a book that I now wish I hadn’t written was very similar to what I understand to be Harry’s reasoning. I wanted to tell the truth, I wanted to set the record straight,” she wrote in the comment. “Naively I thought that if I put my own feelings and my own truth out there for the world to read, maybe my family would understand me better too.”
The author also said she thinks “William’s truth must also be considered” when it comes to the royal family’s tense interactions, such as the alleged physical altercation between Harry and Prince William in 2019.
“Harry wrote that after William hit him, William told Harry to hit him back, which he refused. But in writing about the fight, he did just that,” Davis wrote.
After the release of The Way I See It, Davis wrote that she learned that “not every truth needs to be told to the whole world.” She said she wished she could tell her younger self to “be quiet” until she could “step back and look at things from a broader perspective” – and she gave the same advice to the Duke of Sussex.
“Harry seems to be operating on the dictum that ‘silence is not an option,'” she concluded. “I would respectfully suggest to him that it is.”
Although “Spare” is due for a worldwide release on Tuesday, excerpts from the book surfaced on Thursday after a Spanish-language version accidentally went on sale in Spain.
An unnamed source “with knowledge of the book” who spoke to the Sunday Times in December said the memoir was “tough on William”.
“Personally, I can’t see how Harry and William can reconcile after that,” the source told the outlet.