In his memoir, Prince Harry says William attacked him during an argument

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry says his brother William physically attacked him during a fierce argument — one of many startling allegations in a new memoir that includes revelations about the estranged royal’s drug addiction, his first sexual encounter and his role in killing people during his army service in Afghanistan.

In the ghost-written memoir, titled ‘Spare’, Harry said his brother Prince William went on a rampage during a furious argument over the deteriorating relationship between the siblings. The Associated Press purchased a Spanish-language copy of the book ahead of its release in 16 languages ​​around the world on Tuesday.

Harry recounts a 2019 row at his Kensington Palace home, in which he says William called Harry’s wife, former actress Meghan Markle, “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive”. Harry said William grabbed his brother by the collar and ripped his collar off before knocking him down.

“I landed on the dog’s bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me,” Harry says in the passage, first reported by The Guardian.

Harry says he suffered scratches and bruises as a result of the fight, for which William later apologized.

The allegation is that of a slew in a book that exposes painful, intimate – and in some cases disputed – details about the lives of Harry and other senior royals. The memoir is the latest in a series of public revelations and accusations from Harry and Meghan that have rocked the British Royal Family.

This includes Harry’s claim that he killed 25 people while serving as an Apache helicopter co-pilot and gunner in 2012 as part of Britain’s military campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan. He said he felt no pride or shame in his actions and, in the heat of battle, saw enemy combatants as pieces pulled out of a chessboard.

Harry spent a decade in the British Army – years he has described as his happiest because they allowed him some normalcy – before taking up full-time royal duties in 2015.

The book recounts Harry’s decades of disenchantment with his privileged, scrutinized and constrained royal life. He alludes to it in the title of the book, recounting the alleged words of his father, then Prince Charles, to his mother, Princess Diana, on the day of his birth: “Wonderful! Now you have given me an heir and a replacement – my job is done.

While William was destined from birth to be king, Harry, who is fifth in line to the throne behind his brother and William’s three children, has often seemed to struggle with the more ambiguous role of “reserve”.

In the book, Harry describes his rebellious teenage years. He tells how he lost his virginity – to an older woman in a field behind a pub – and describes how he took cocaine when he was 17.

Neither Buckingham Palace, which represents King Charles III, nor William’s Kensington Palace office has commented on the allegations.

Harry, 38, and American actor married at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Less than two years later, the couple quit royal duties and moved to California, citing what they saw as the media’s racist treatment of Meghan, who is biracial, and a lack of support from the palace.

Since then, they’ve presented their side of the story in an interview with Oprah Winfrey and a six-part Netflix documentary. released last month, which chronicled the couple’s murderous relationship with the British media and estrangement from the royal family.

In the series, Harry said that William yelled at him during a family gathering and accused palace officials of lying to protect his older brother, who is now heir to the throne. Meghan, 41, has spoken of wanting to end her life as she struggles to cope with toxic media coverage.

Harry recorded interviews with several broadcasters in Britain and the United States to promote the book.

In excerpts released ahead of time, Harry told Britain’s ITV that the royal household had branded him and Meghan ‘bad guys’ and ‘shown no willingness to reconcile’. In an interview with CBS, he said the palace’s refusal to defend him and Meghan from attack was “treason”.

Palace officials declined to comment on Meghan and Harry’s allegations.

Since Harry and Meghan split from the Royal Family in 2020, the couple have launched a new life as US-based charity activists and media personalities.

Harry has spoken of his desire for reconciliation with his brother and father, who became King Charles III when Queen Elizabeth II died in September, aged 96. The steamy revelations in the book may make this more difficult.

Asked by ITV’s Tom Bradby if he will play a role in the future of the British monarchy, Harry replied: “I don’t know.”

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