Prince Harry accuses William of physical assault in new book

The title of the book is an apparent reference to Harry being a “spare” royal, not the first on the throne. William, Prince of Wales, is the successor of their father, King Charles III.

According to The Guardian, the book describes “intensely private scenes and conversations” that cover everything from Harry’s early childhood to his marriage to former actress Meghan Markle. This includes details of Harry’s relationship with his mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997, his father and his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Kensington Palace, which represents William, and Buckingham Palace, which represents Charles, declined to comment on the allegations made in the book.

The published excerpts focus on the alleged attack at Harry and Meghan’s former London home at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace in 2019.

Harry is said to have said in the book that William complained about Meghan and called her ‘difficult’, ‘rude’ and ‘abrasive’.

The confrontation then escalated with the brothers shouting and insulting each other, the book says according to media reports. Harry reportedly said he was afraid of his brother, who was furious and followed him around the house. Harry writes that William then grabbed him by the collar and tore his collar open before knocking him to the ground, according to the published excerpts.

“I landed on the dog bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me. I stood there for a while, dazed,” Harry writes in the published passages of the book. Harry then allegedly told his brother to leave, which he did after initially urging Harry to hit him back, according to media reports.

William later returned and apologised, media reports, although the excerpt says he suggested Harry not tell Meghan about the alleged altercation.

“‘You mean you attacked me?’ Harry writes that he responded, according to media reports. “‘I didn’t attack you, Harold,'” he says, he reportedly recalled.

Harry writes that he initially only spoke to a therapist about the alleged incident, according to the published excerpts. But when Meghan noticed “scratches and bruises” on her back, he told her what had happened, The Guardian quotes the book as saying.

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