She gave Patty Davis, the actress and youngest daughter of the late President Reagan Prince Harry Some wise but unsolicited advice before the release of his memoir, “Spear.”
In an opinion piece for The New York Times, Davis, 70, warned the Duke of Sussex not to be wise with his bluntness.
“My justification for writing a book I now wish I hadn’t…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. Naively, I thought if I put out my own feelings and my own truth for the world to read, my family might understand me.” Better “.
Davis book on reagan family, Family Secrets was published in 1993.
“During the early stages of my father’s Alzheimer’s disease, when he was still experiencing lucid moments, I apologized to him for writing his autobiography many years earlier, opening the doors to our turbulent family life,” Davis admitted. “He was already talking less at that point, but his eyes told me he understood.”
Davis saw similarities between her decision-making and Prince Harry’s estranged decision.
“I thought of that moment when I read that Prince Harry, in his new memoir, wrote about his father, King Charles, going through his warring sons and saying, ‘Please, boys, don’t make my last years miserable.'” Time is an unpredictable thing… I had the gift of time with my father, which allowed me to be apologetic, though there was an illness hovering between us and affecting our communication. King Charles’ words reveal a man who is aware of his own mortality and desires his descendants to be aware of it too.”
Davis drew attention to how there are multiple versions of the truth, and since storylines from Prince Harry’s book have been teased ahead of its Jan. 10 availability date, she believes the royal and Prince William They are entitled to their own copy as well.
“People generally don’t respond well to being embarrassed and seen in public. And in the years since, I’ve learned something about the truth: It’s way more complex than it seemed when we were young. There isn’t just one truth, our truth—the other people who inhabit our story have it. Their facts too.”
In the Last Days, part of Harry’s book He narrates a physical altercation With William with the audience.
“Prince William, I’m sure, has his own view of the physical combat Harry described,” Davis offered. To really understand the dynamic between the two brothers, and to extend the story and make it more complete, the truth about William must be considered as well. Harry writes that after William beat him, William told Harry to beat him, which he refused to do. But by writing about the fight, he did just that. “.
In hindsight, Davis believes she should never have revealed her family’s deepest secrets.
“Years ago, someone asked me what I would say to my younger self if I could. Without hesitation I replied, ‘That’s easy.'” I was going to say, “Shut up.” Not forever. But until I can stand, I look at things from a broader perspective. Until I understood that words have consequences, and that they last a really long time. Harry called William not only his “beloved brother,” but his “sworn enemy.” leave a scar; Perhaps if he had taken the time to calm down, reflecting on the lasting power of his words, he might have chosen differently.”
“Silence gives you space, it gives you distance, and it allows you to look at your experiences more fully, without temptation to even the outcome. Sometime in the years to come, Harry may look back as I did, and wish he had never spoken about what he said. I learned something else about truth.” : Not every truth needs to be told to the whole world. People will always be curious about famous families, and those families’ stories often resonate with others, giving them insight into their own situations, even transcending time since fame flutters on the edges of eternity. But not every need is shared. Something, a fact that silence can teach. Harry seems to have worked on the principle that ‘silence is not an option.’ I would respectfully suggest it to him.”
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