In the memoir, the Duke of Sussex reflects on losing his mother, Princess Diana, and how it changed his perspective on the future. He admits that he stopped being afraid of the future the moment he lost his mother in a car accident.
Harry later joined the British Army and underwent various life-threatening challenges during his 10-year course. He credits his instructor, Nige the Ninja, for teaching him valuable life lessons during flying lessons.
“Nige managed to show me how to fly a helicopter while doing other things, countless other things, and, what was more, to do so with something approaching self-love,” Harry writes in the memoir. “These were flying lessons, but I think back on them as life lessons, and gradually there were more good ones than bad.”
He describes Nige as one of the most truthful people he’s ever known, who taught him the secret about truth that many people are unwilling to accept: it’s usually painful. Nige encouraged Harry to believe in himself, but that belief could never be based on false promises or fake compliments. The road to mastery was paved with facts.
Harry also reveals how he overcame his fear of death at a young age, saying he hadn’t been afraid of death since he was 12. He remembers being told by an instructor that he appeared to lack any fear, to which Harry replied that it was true. The instructor nodded and they moved on.
In addition to these personal anecdotes, Harry also addresses his life in the public eye and how it has affected him. He shares his thoughts on his royal upbringing, his military service, his marriage to Meghan Markle, and the media’s role in his life.