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Prince Harry has big plans for the New Year. Specifically, he’s continuing his six-hour miniseries about his life with Meghan Markle with a memoir, which, after being pushed back from its original fall 2022 release, arrives on January 10. While rumors following the queen’s death suggested that Harry was reconsidering burning some bridges with the royal family, it looks like he’s planning to stay the course. And judging by two new interviews before the book arrived, and an allegedly leaked excerpt from his book published by The GuardianHarry still has a lot to say about how his family treated him throughout his departure from royal life.
Advanced copies of Harry’s memoirs, Sparewould have been kept secret, but in an article published a week before the book’s release, The Guardian claims to have received a copy. Not only that, but the document detailed an altercation between Prince Harry and Prince William, supposedly detailed in the book. According to The Guardian, the confrontation took place in 2019, when Harry and Meghan were still living at Nottingham Cottage as working members of the royal family. According to the article, William and Harry had a falling out over Meghan and her treatment by the British press. “He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my collar, and knocked me to the ground,” Harry reportedly wrote. “I landed on the dog’s bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me.” William later apologized, but asked Harry not to tell Meghan about the fight. (She apparently discovered it after noticing “scratches and bruises” on her back from the fall.)
More details on Harry’s next book are due out this weekend, as he sits down for two TV interviews. ITV, which will air its full interview on Sunday, has released a handful of short sound bites, one of which shows Harry saying: ‘I would like my dad back. I would like my brother to come back. In another excerpt, he replies with “They’ve shown no willingness to reconcile” and “They feel like it’s better to keep us somehow like the bad guys.” It is not entirely clear from the context that they or they refers, but now you can probably guess. He also added that he wanted “a family, not an institution”.
Meanwhile, CBS promised an “explosive” 60 minutes interview between Harry and Anderson Cooper, also aired on Sunday. In a preview, Harry again accuses the Palace of “leaking and planting stories” about himself and Meghan while refusing to release a statement in their defence. “There comes a time when silence is betrayal,” he says.
Spare, which Random House describes as a “historic publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination and hard-earned wisdom”, may not be the only book this couple is releasing this year – Meghan is also reportedly planning a memoir of his own. If the palace was hoping for a less stressful 2023, it doesn’t look like it will get it.
This post has been updated.