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    An army of Prince Harries is intimidating shoppers.

    Janet Manley

    March 3, 2023, 10:21am

    The portrait is stern, defiant, of bountiful hairline.

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    Shot by Ramona Rosales for the cover of Prince Harry’s memoir Spare, it planted a flag in the golden Californian soil and hung a shark-tooth necklace around the decrepit institution it set out to eviscerate. Tiled in your local Barnes & Noble, it looked like you were being marched on by an army of angry Lancastrians, as writer Luke Winkie found.

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    Winkie was not alone in feeling persecuted by the carousel of Nook accessories. People across the Commonwealth and in other dying empires noted the alarming sense of being attacked by a battalion of angry Grown Sons, or seeing an entire team of water polo players rise up before them as they floated obliviously on a pool noodle. The reaction was strong enough for Winkie to opine in Slate on the state of publishing that:

    It is depressing to know that the modern publishing industry, much like the film industry, is buoyed by a few megaton releases each year, and therefore retailers need to order an ungodly number of Spares—truly the Ant-Man of books—to stay above water.

    Indeed. For my own part, in the wall of Harries I saw the sight I imagine I shall see when I one day journey on foot to the ginger-haired town of my ancestors, and am welcomed with a terse “hello, then,” and the lack of affection that is common to my people. (“Farther down the line I spied Ginger Spice, the only Spice with whom I felt any connection—a fellow ginger.” — Prince Harry)

    It is not as alarming as were the bestseller walls of A Little Life (ecstasy and pain, over and over), or those of the weepy-looking eyes on the original cover of The Great Gatsby.

    If one wishes to avoid such a sight, one supposes Prince William can just order His Highness’s books on Amazon.

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    [via Slate]

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