Expert highlights Prince Harrys asymmetric expression on book cover
Prince Harry 'setting himself up to be thought leader' says expert
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Penguin Random House has revealed the release date and front cover of Prince Harry’s memoir, ‘Spare’, which has been billed as a book of “raw, unflinching honesty”. Harry previously promised the book would be written by him “not as the Prince I was born, but as the man I have become”.
To match the serious nature of the memoir, Harry has posed for the front cover, searingly staring straight into the camera.
Body language expert Judi James claimed: “This is not a photo to tell us Harry’s pain is now no longer baggage he carries with him.
“This headshot seems to create a mirror image for the reader, eye to eye and face to face, and it’s not an expression that seems to have been chosen to illustrate that inspirational man who has been saved by the power of love.
“This is not a fun, smiling, playful man and it’s not Harry the family man either, hugging his adoring wife and children to show how it looks to be saved by that power of love.
“This is a solo pose and a direct gaze (presumably to suggest openness and honesty) and there is only the faintest hint of a smile from a very tiny upward curl of one of the corners of his mouth.”
The body language expert highlighted the dual nature of the picture, as one side of Harry’s face looks happy while the other looks sad and serious.
She said: “This cover expression with the word ‘Spare’ on it suggests we are being invited into Harry’s grief, pain and sadness though and he looks partly as though he is still hurting. Why?
“Well, this is an asymmetric facial pose. Place your hand over one side of his face and he looks relatively relaxed and with that hint of a smile.
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“Place it over the other though and the difference is quite shocking.
“The eye expression looks darker and more intense and the lips are straight. So we are seeing two sets of signals in one shot.”
Judi highlighted how the book’s title of ‘Spare’ is particularly telling and it may be an indication of how Harry felt in the Royal Family.
She said: “This cover photo looks very telling. Someone once said that the past is best viewed through a rear-view mirror as you move forward in your life.
“There is nothing ‘rear-view’ about this choice of pose or the title of Harry’s book though.
“The word ‘Spare’ will of course have instant implications of the phrase ‘the heir and the spare’ that the royals tend to use.
“It seems to instantly put our finger on the pulse of Harry’s historic complaints. How did he feel about growing up as the ‘Spare’ with his brother being viewed as the one destined to be King?
“There are hints of status struggles and even low self-worth in that word. If our monarchy is a Game of Thrones, is Harry telling us that he had to create his own ‘throne’ and power base in the US before he could enjoy his life?”
While the full contents of Harry’s new book are unknown, it is assumed to be a deep dive into Harry’s personal experiences over the years.
The book will be published by Penguin Random House, which said in a press release: “Spare takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the 20th century: two young boys, two Princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow – and horror.
“As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the Princes must be thinking and feeling – and how their lives would play out from that point on.
“For Harry, this is his story at last. With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”
Prince Harry’s book ‘Spare’ will be released globally on January 10, 2023.
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