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I spoke to a hundred people for this book, and none of them could say a bad word about the prince.

I spoke to a hundred people for this book, and none of them could say a bad word about the prince.

May closes with middle-class American Meghan Markle. The research was done meticulously, as Nicholl tells in a news interview. “I spoke to a hundred people for this book, and no one could say a bad word about the prince.”

The author does not ignore the escapades with which he created topics of conversation around the world. For example the one from January 2005: The prince appeared at a party with the motto “native and colonial” in a uniform of Rommel’s German Africa Corps including a swastika. Or in August 2012, when he crowned an alcohol-drenched night at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas with an invitation to strip billiards. At that time, widely acclaimed nude photos of the royal and female entourage were taken. Nicholl does not hide anything, but she also researches the why. Diana’s ex-bodyguard Ken Wharfe, for example, would have wished him a responsible personal protection force: “There should have been someone there who said, ‘No, sir, this is not a good idea.’ Someone who will protect him from himself. “

© Georges De Keerle / Getty Images Harry with the “best mother in the world”, as he says. Their loss left him disoriented

Face to face with death

The escapades were part of his self-discovery, argues the author with a view to the early loss of his mother. “He grew up in William’s shadow, always looked up to him. The two are incredibly close, are best friends. But Harry knew that it didn’t matter to him that he wouldn’t become king,” said Nicholl. “There was no one to tell him what to do with his life. He had to find his own way, his task.”

His time in the military was decisive for this, especially in Afghanistan. In an interview that has only now been published in the biography, the prince tells of a sergeant who helped him get ahead in a phase of disorientation. “He always snapped at me at the right moment and gave me the confidence to know who you are.” The fact that as a member of the royal family he escaped death twice astonished even the first-class informed author during her research. “Everyone thought he was doing a quiet job outside of the danger zone. He was right in the middle and could have been killed on two occasions.”

© John Stillwell POOL / Tim Graham Picture Library / Getty Images Camp bed, no electricity, no running water: In Afghanistan the prince lived like all soldiers. The experience changed his life forever

Prince Harry’s mission took him to Helmand Province. Its task was the tactical air control. He had to observe all movements in the area, locate the enemy using thermal cameras, verify coordinates and define targets. Nicholl spoke to Harry’s troop commander, Captain Leigh-Wood, who was impressed: “We got shot at pretty much every day and got into a real fight once a week, but he handled it easily.help me essay He’s brave.”

“I haven’t showered in four days. I will never experience anything more normal «

Prince Harry during an interview during his mission in Afghanistan

© REUTERS / John Stillwell / Pool Unrecognized drinking chai tea with villagers and playing rugby: in Afghanistan the prince could be one of many

The way of life couldn’t have been more spartan. They slept on camp beds at temperatures as low as minus 27 degrees in grenade-proof, but ruin-like accommodations without any comfort, without running water or heating. Plastic tubes stuck diagonally into the floor served as urinals, and the toilets were built from plywood. “I haven’t showered for four days, haven’t washed my clothes for weeks, and everything seems perfectly normal … I think I’ll never experience anything more normal,” Prince Harry is quoted in the biography. When his whereabouts were revealed, he had to return home with great regret – with two seriously injured soldiers on the plane. “The war changed Harry forever. He left as a boy and came back as a man. There he found his job in life: to help change something,” says Nicholl.

“I think I’ll never experience anything more normal,” Prince Harry is quoted in the biography. When his whereabouts were revealed, he had to return home with great regret – with two seriously injured soldiers on the plane. “The war changed Harry forever. He left as a boy and came back as a man. There he found his job in life: to help change something,” says Nicholl.

© Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Images

Mrs. Right sacrifices everything

It wasn’t Meghan Markle or love for her that rearranged Harry’s priorities. This transformation has already taken place before, says his biographer. Perhaps that was what made this love possible in the first place. “They come from different worlds, but they have the same values, they both want to contribute to making the world a better place. That unites them,” says Nicholl, describing the bond between the two.

Why is the American actress, of all people, who is the first bourgeois, divorced woman with Afro-American roots to marry into the royal family, “the right one” for Prince Harry? There are several reasons: “She can handle cameras, is a self-confident, intelligent woman who knows exactly what she is getting into. And without question, it is a love marriage.”

“She’s the first one who is ready to make sacrifices for him” © Chris Jackson – WPA Pool / Getty Images Your future: helping together – Harry sits down among other things one for orphans in Lesotho, also has a sponsored child there. © P0009 / dpa Picture Alliance / APA Meghan Markle, as an ambassador for World Vision, draws attention to grievances in Rwanda. Their plans for a better world keep them together

But one argument is decisive. “She is the first woman in the prince’s life willing to make sacrifices in order to be by his side,” says Nicholl. “She has given up her successful career, her freedom, a home that she loves, her family and friends in order to be able to marry him and live with him.” This willingness, supported by considerable perfectionism, should have convinced the Queen. From the beginning she favored this connection with her grandson. The invitations to Christmas in Sandringham and the Commonwealth Day festivities were clear signs.

© JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP / Getty Images Arrived: Harry is valued as a representative of the royal family

Meghan Markle was initially criticized in the Empire: because of her origins, her divorce and the fact that she is three years older than the 33-year-old Prince. Now everything is calm, the palace is conceded for the will to reform. “I have the feeling that you want to learn from past mistakes,” says Nicholl, emphasizing the role of the underrated father, Prince Charles. “He never got respect for being a loving, dedicated father. He’s been described as such to me. He knows what it is like not to be allowed to live a love. If anyone realizes true love and wants Harry to be happy, then it’s sure to be his father. “

That reads like the preface to the next biography.

© HarperCollins

The biography in “Harry – A life between love and loss” (HarperCollins) describes Katie Nicholl u. a. detailed the prince’s wild years, the time in Afghanistan, his ex-loved ones and the path to happiness with Meghan Markle

This article was published in the print edition of News No. 13/2018.

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Whoever wants to combine nature with romance should be “

In the sky

“Recommended in Vienna-Döbling. An excursion tip to relax.

You can easily escape the noisy, hectic city life. Without planning a lot, without packing. The resounding postal address “Am Himmel” already promises peace and relaxation.

The place, on the outskirts of Vienna, in the 19th district, in Vienna-Döbling, impresses with its greenery. It doesn’t even take half an hour to get to the city center by car. However, for the sake of nature, it is recommended that you do not use your car and travel by public transport.

What can you expect “in the sky”?

The almost 11 hectare “Am Himmel” area forms a crossover of culture and city, people and nature and invites 150,000 visitors a year to linger with its various forms of presentation.

Restaurant with a view

The octagonal one offers culinary delights

Oktogon restaurant.

Local chef Gerhard Heilingbrunner offers his guests Viennese cuisine with a focus on regionality and seasonality. The restaurant, built in 1999, also convinces with its architecture, the light-flooded room and a wonderful view over (half) the city. A place where couples also like to celebrate their wedding. After all, romance is practically on the menu here.

  • Address: Himmelstrasse 125, 1190, Himmelstrasse / corner of Höhenstrasse
  • Opening times: Wednesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Breakfast in the sky: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
  • Cost: Medium price segment

Which tree are you?

© Kuratorium Wien The tree of life circle

If you want to take a digestive walk, be the one

Tree of Life Circle

recommended. Like our zodiac signs, every tree is assigned to a certain decade of birth. In this way, visitors can find their personal tree of life and listen to its history through a hidden loudspeaker or experience their character traits. 40 trees form the tree of life circle. 36 trees of life in the outer circle and four seasonal trees in the inner circle. On Saturdays and Sundays, classical music can be heard from the loudspeakers. This transforms the tree circle into a sound space under the open sky.

  • Address: Himmelstraße / corner of Höhenstraße
  • Opening times: all year round
  • Cost: free entry
  • Accessibility: car, distance to the parking lot 500 m, no parking fee; Bus: Entry and exit station Cobenzl parking lot (38A), distance to the station 842 m

© APA / Hans Techt Opening of the “Lebensbaumkreis Himmelwiese” in Vienna.

Pure romance in the Sisi Chapel

Not far from the Lebensbaumkreis – reachable via good forest paths in around 10 minutes – the renovated and accessible again is idyllically located in the forest

Sisi chapel,

a neo-Gothic cultural jewel in the middle of the Vienna Woods. This was built in 1854-1856 in honor of the emperor wedding of Sisi Franz Joseph erected. In addition to cultural events, the chapel is also a place where you can say yes. Regardless of whether it is a church marriage, registered partnership or marriage of any kind – keyword romance.

  • Address: Himmelstraße 125, 1190 Vienna
  • Opening times: all year round
  • Cost: free entry

© apa / HERBERT PFARRHOFER Vienna Sisi Chapel

Learn and romp – children’s playground “Am Himmel”

Even the little ones have their real joy “in the sky”. The educational forest playground is intended to bring the forest and its ecological significance closer to the children and young people in a playful and particularly exciting way. At balancing stations, children can test their sense of balance and explore the tree from the inside in crawling tunnels of different lengths.

  • Address: Himmelstrasse / Höhenstrasse
  • Opening times: all year round
  • Cost: free entry

“Bellevuewiese”: the most beautiful view of Vienna

Another must-see is the “Bellevuewiese”. The place lives up to its name. So it’s not surprising that the meadow is on Himmelstrasse. Here Vienna lies at your feet and you probably have the most beautiful view of Vienna. However, if you don’t want to linger in that place and still prefer to be on the move, hikes in the sky are recommended. The Kuratorium Wald has summarized the most interesting hiking routes in the Vienna Woods around the tree of life circle Am Himmel on a map. There is more to it

here.

  • Address: Himmelstrasse 115, 1190 Vienna
  • Opening times: all year round
  • Cost: free entry

Live stream “Am Himmel”

“In the sky”. All information about news, events and tips is there

here.

The other destinations of “9 Places, 9 Treasures”:

  • In the sky in Vienna

  • Schüsserlbrunn in Styria

  • Hintersteiner See and Walleralm in Tyrol

  • Silbertal in Vorarlberg

  • Höllental in Lower Austria

  • Open-air museum Ensemble Gerersdorf in Burgenland

  • Schiederweiher in Upper Austria

  • Maria Kirchental in Salzburg

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Whoever wants to combine nature with romance should be “

In the sky

“Recommended in Vienna-Döbling. An excursion tip to relax.

You can easily escape the noisy, hectic city life. Without planning a lot, without packing. The resounding postal address “Am Himmel” already promises peace and relaxation.

The place, on the outskirts of Vienna, in the 19th district, in Vienna-Döbling, impresses with its greenery. It doesn’t even take half an hour to get to the city center by car. However, for the sake of nature, it is recommended that you do not use your car and travel by public transport.

What can you expect “in the sky”?

The almost 11 hectare “Am Himmel” area forms a crossover of culture and city, people and nature and invites 150,000 visitors a year to linger with its various forms of presentation.

Restaurant with a view

The octagonal one offers culinary delights

Oktogon restaurant.

Local chef Gerhard Heilingbrunner offers his guests Viennese cuisine with a focus on regionality and seasonality. The restaurant, built in 1999, also convinces with its architecture, the light-flooded room and a wonderful view over (half) the city. A place where couples also like to celebrate their wedding. After all, romance is practically on the menu here.