Prince Harry’s memoir sheds light on clashes among the British royal family

  • The British prince’s next book will go on sale early in Spain
  • The details of the book spat in anger with his older brother William
  • Harry won’t commit to attending his father’s coronation
  • The royal brothers have had a falling out in recent years

LONDON/MADRID, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry says his older brother and heir to the throne, Prince William, knocked him down during a 2019 row over Harry’s American wife , Meghan, in her highly anticipated memoir which went on sale days earlier in Spain on Thursday.

In his book ‘Spare’, Harry also reveals how the brothers, sons of King Charles, had begged their father not to marry his second wife Camilla, now Queen Consort, and that he had taken cocaine while there. ‘adolescence.

The book was due to be published on January 10, but the Guardian newspaper published excerpts from it overnight, and Reuters and other outlets were able to obtain Spanish versions which went on sale early in Spain.

Details of its contents also come as ITV published a clip from an upcoming interview with Harry in which he said he could not commit to attending his father’s coronation in May and defended his decision to speak.

Harry’s memoir personally recounts his struggles over the death of his mother, Princess Diana, his time in the military – when he said he killed 25 Taliban insurgents while serving in Afghanistan – and his conflicts with the hurry.

But the starkest revelations concern the relationship with his family, something that has hung like a shadow over the British royal family since he and Meghan left official duties in 2020 to move to California to forge new lives.

As usual for the Royal Family, spokespersons for King Charles and Prince William declined to comment.

Harry, 38, wrote in his memoir that his fight with William, 40, took place in 2019 at his London home after his brother called Meghan “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive”.

“He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my collar off, and he knocked me to the ground,” Harry wrote.

“I landed on the dog’s bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me. I stood there for a moment, dazed, then got up and told him to get out.”

William then challenged his younger brother to fight back but Harry refused. William later returned to the scene, “looking full of regret and apologetic”, Harry wrote, his brother asking him not to tell Meghan that he had “attacked” him.

William and Harry were once considered very close after their mother died in a car accident in Paris in 1997. But the brothers have had a falling out since Harry married Meghan, a former actress, in 2018 and the couple went on to left his royal role.

In another section of the book, Harry refers to his first meeting with Camilla, whom Diana had blamed for the breakdown of her marriage. Harry says he and William approved of Camilla but asked their father not to marry her.

“Despite Willy and I asking him not to, my dad went ahead,” Harry wrote. “Despite the bitterness and sadness we felt as we came full circle in our mother’s story, we realized it was irrelevant.”

STRIKING REVIEW

Since stepping out of royal life, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as Harry and Meghan are officially known, have issued scathing criticism of the Windsors and the British monarchy, including accusations of racism that William himself even rejected.

Last month, their six-part documentary on Netflix, which attracted record audiences, aired with new accusations including that William had yelled at Harry during a crisis summit to discuss his future.

The main criticism of Harry and Meghan is that royal aides not only refused to hit back at hostile and inaccurate media coverage, but were complicit in leaking negative stories to protect other senior royals, including William .

“I don’t know how staying quiet will make things any better,” Harry said in Thursday’s ITV clip.

When asked why he was invading his family’s privacy, which he had spoken out against, he replied: “It will be the accusation of people who don’t understand or don’t want to believe that my family has informed the press.”

The title of his book “Spare” comes from a quote often quoted in British aristocratic circles about the need for an heir and a reserve.

Harry says Charles said to Diana on the day she was born: “Wonderful! Now you have given me an heir and a reserve – my work is done.”

It’s unclear how well the revelations will resonate with the public. A YouGov poll this week found 65 per cent of those polled were ‘not at all interested’ in his next book, while another found greater sympathy among respondents for William and his wife Kate than Harry. and Meghan.

Charles himself still hopes for a reconciliation with his son, unnamed sources told newspapers this week.

In its leaked excerpts, the Guardian says the king had stood between his two sons in an awkward meeting at Windsor Castle following the April 2021 funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip, the late husband Queen Elizabeth.

“Please boys,” Harry said quoting his father. “Don’t make my last years a misery.”

Additional reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Nick Macfie

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