In her new memoir, The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince, Prince’s ex-wife of four years, Mayte Garcia, tells the story of their passionate marriage, the birth of their son Amiir (meaning Prince in Arabic), and the tragedy that followed 6 days later, which tore them apart and haunted them both forever.
When Garcia was 22, she found herself pregnant, and she and Prince were overjoyed at the thought of having a baby and creating a family at their Paisley Park home. However, their dream was intercepted when Garcia began bleeding one day during her pregnancy. Although the procedure carried a risk of miscarriage, a doctor recommended amniocentesis to test for genetic abnormalities. Prince was against the procedure and prayed everything would be alright. However, additional appointments and exams revealed more complications, such as the possibility of dwarfism.
Their doctor further encouraged an amnio, but Prince continued to refuse medical intervention. Fast forward a few months to October 16, 1996 when Garcia gave birth to their son via c-section, Garcia writes on her and Prince’s tragic new reality:
“And then they held the baby up to those harsh lights. The elation on my husband’s face turned to pure terror. Pfeiffer syndrome type 2 is a genetic disorder that causes skeletal and systematic abnormalities. The premature fusing of the bones in the skull, sometimes resulting in ‘cloverleaf skull’, in which the eyes are outside the sockets. The fusion of bones in the hands and feet causing a webbed or paw-like appearance … I learned all of this later.”
Six days after his birth, Amiir passed, and in 1999, the couple divorced. Garcia says,
“I don’t think he ever got over it. I don’t know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven’t.” She adds, “I’ve been making notes of my life but when it finally came time to write it, it took me back and I cried many tears. But I also think that it’s liberating.”
Garcia’s new memoir’s release coincides with the one-year-anniversary of Prince’s accidental painkiller overdose. She explains her reasoning behind the time of release, saying “I knew there was going to be a lot of stuff coming out about him, negative and positive. I wanted mine to come from love.”