In mum Katie Price’s new book, daughter Princess Andre shares what it is like growing up with Harvey in a moving account of being a younger sibling of a child with disabilities
To Princess Andre, he is just Harvey – her 18-year-old older brother.
But to others, Harvey Prince – son of mum-of-five Katie – is a multitude of things – from being famous, a poster boy for autism and Prader-Willi syndrome and even a law changer.
And as fans know, pioneering mum Katie, 41, penned a book to her eldest child – Harvey and Me – and asked 14-year-old Princess to write what it was really like growing up with Harvey.
From the whirlwind of emotions to smashing up TVs and those special cuddles, Princess sums up her time with Harvey perfectly. She even explains how she ditched friends who bully her brother, especially online bullies.
In our exclusive extract, we share the deeply personal account.
We absolutely love our big brother, Harvey. We have so much fun together, but it can be difficult at times with his disabilities. He can be quite hard to look after. If people don’t know him, they don’t know how to calm him down when he kicks off.
If we all go out together as a family, it can be really hard work for Mum. But we all know how to talk to him– even Jett and Bunny do. It’s because we’ve grown up with him and we don’t know any different. We just know the tone of voice to use with him and we know exactlywhat to say. If he kicks off, I’ll say something like, ‘Harv,if you carry on then you won’t get your iPad.’ We don’t bribe him, but the way to deal with him is that he has to understand there’s going to be a consequence.
But I do try and let Mum sort him out when he’s kicking off, because she knows him better than anyone.Harvey is also really close to Junior. Once he gets into a temper, Bunny and Jett try to avoid him because sometimes it can be hard to know how he’s going to react. He’s much bigger than them, so they find it scary.
Harvey loves the sound of crying, so sometimes he can purposely go for Jett and Bunny just to make them cry. Obviously he can’t help it and he’s not doing it to purposely hurt them, he just enjoys the noise of it. He used to do that to me when I was younger, too. I can’t really remember what it was like when I was really young, but when I was about seven, he used to try and hit me. It’s because he used to hear me and Junior play fighting together when we were younger, so he worked out that if he hit me it would make me cry. He can be really clever.He’s also absolutely hilarious – and you can actually have a really funny conversation with him. He makes me laugh so much. He’s definitely got banter. But then his mood can switch really quickly.
One minute he can be happy, and then the next he can be kicking off because something small has happened. For example, if a songcomes on that he doesn’t like. It can be quite scary for us because he starts smashing things up. He also loves frogs – he’s always drawing them onhis iPad. He’s such a good drawer. Because he’s partially blind, I don’t know how he does it. He’s obsessed with hisi Pad. I think it’s literally his everything. If he doesn’t have his iPad, then he’s not in a good mood. Unfortunately, Harvey gets loads of hate online, which is horrible. People don’t say it to our faces, but they say stuff behind a computer screen. Some of my friends have taken the mickey out of him in the past, but they’re not really my friends if they do that.
Harvey is very loving and he’s always asking for cuddles. He says, ‘Princess, I need you,’ and I’m like,‘Why do you need me, Harv?’ And he says, ‘Cuddles. Ilove cuddles.’
He’s very affectionate towards my mum. He loves her cuddles and kisses. He gets upset when he’s not with her, but she FaceTimes him every day and he knows that he can just call her when he wants.
We all love you so much, Harv. And I’m so proud tocall you my brother.
Katie Price: Harvey & Me, published by Mirror Books, is on sale October 26. Get £5 off (RRP £20) with offer code FA9 from mirrorbooks.co.uk.
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