According to The Guardian, Prince Harry claims in an upcoming book that his older brother, Prince William, knocked him to the ground during an argument over (his wife now) Meghan Markle in 2019.
It is one of many extraordinary scenes in Spare, published worldwide next week and likely to spark a serious controversy among the British royal family.
In its report, The Guardian said it had obtained a copy of Harry’s memoir, Spare. The book will be published in the early weeks of January 2023. Harry will appear in two television interviews to promote it, but The Guardian report reveals actual passages.
When William complained about Meghan, Harry writes, he told him he was repeating the press narrative, and that he expected better. However, William did not act rationally, which resulted in the two men shouting at each other.
In an attempt to make sense of his younger brother’s behavior, Harry accused him of acting like an heir.
“William grabbed me by the collar, and knocked me to the ground,” Harry wrote in The Guardian.
“I landed on the dog’s food bowl, which snapped under my back. I lay there for a moment, dazed, before getting up and telling him to leave.”
He then challenged Harry to hit back, but Harry refused. William returned to the scene, “looking regretful and being apologetic,” Harry wrote.
The spokesperson of the palaces of King Charles and Prince William declined to comment.
Harry and William, sons of King Charles, were once seen as very close after their mother Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997.
After Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal duties and moved to California two years ago, they delivered stinging criticisms of the British monarchy and accusations of racism, which the family denied.
The Guardian reports that Harry wrote about the dispute with William arising from the royal family’s displeasure with Meghan.
It sounded like the “press narrative” about Meghan that William called Meghan “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive”. In a series of public statements, he has accused palace insiders of planting negative stories in the press about him and his wife, alleging that the palace mistreated them and his wife.
Often quoted in British aristocratic circles, “Spare” refers to the need for an heir and a spare.
Harry remembers his father, King Charles, saying to his mom Princess Diana, “Now you’ve given me an heir and a spare; my job is done.”
The Book contains “intensely private scenes and conversations”, reports The Guardian, including memories of his late mother, who died in a 1997 car crash, and Grandmother Queen Elizabeth, who passed away last year.
After getting married in 2018, Harry and Meghan distanced themselves from the rest of the royal family. In 2020, they announced they would “step back” from royal duties, moving to California.
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