LONDON — Prince Harry reportedly says in a new memoir that his brother, Prince William, now heir to the throne, physically attacked him in a kitchen confrontation in 2019 as the two argued over Harry’s wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, after William called her “difficult,” “rude” and “abrasive.”
according to the Guardian article On Thursday, the relationship between the brothers unraveled over Meghan, with Harry accusing William of siding with the British tabloids and their negative “narrative” about his new wife, which the couple says is fueled in part by racism.
During their fight, Harry writes, his older brother “grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor.”
William was “piping hot,” according to the memoir.
The altercation took place at Nottingham Cottage on the Kensington Palace grounds in 2019, according to the Guardian’s article. Harry and Meghan were married at Windsor Castle in May 2018.
“After William complained about Meghan, Harry writes, Harry told him he was repeating the press narrative and that he expected better. But William, Harry says, was not being rational, leading to the two men shouting over each other,” the Guardian reported. “Harry writes that he gave his brother a glass of water and said: ‘Willy, I can’t speak to you when you’re like this.'”
He writes: “He set down the water, called me another name, then came at me. It all happened so fast. So very fast. He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor. I landed on the dog’s bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me. I lay there for a moment, dazed, then got to my feet and told him to get out.”
The memoir’s title, “Spare,” comes from the phrase “an heir and a spare,” meaning that royal and aristocratic marriages should produce an heir but also, just in case, a “spare” to carry on the family name.
The palace declined to comment on the reported brawl, or the memoir’s claim that it was originally the idea of William and Kate — then his girlfriend and now the Princess of Wales — for Harry, then 20, to wear a Nazi uniform to a fancy dress party.
According to the Guardian, the idea that Harry is forever the spare is the theme of the book, which deals with the prince’s childhood; the death of his mother, Princess Diana; his schooling; his service in the military; and his marriage to Meghan.
The British media leapt on the Guardian scoop Thursday, relating the new details online and in broadcasts, including by the BBC.
While many families may quarrel over new additions, these revelations are about the royal family, King Charles III and William, Prince of Wales, heir to the throne.
In his memoir, Harry writes of the brothers’ brief reunion at the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip in April 2021, when their father—at that time not yet king—begged them: “Please, boys. … Don’t make my final years a misery,” according to the Guardian.
It may all feel a little sordid and intrusive, but it sells. Preorders of the book on Amazon have already boosted it to the No. 2 bestsellers.
The British public and commentators will often say they are sick and tired of Harry and Meghan, but then gobble up the next chapter of their story.
Britons generally appear to be less sympathetic to Harry and Meghan, with many seeing them as royal whiners who abandoned their roles — and their country. Others feel sympathy for the couple, and back their allegations that British society, the tabloids and the royal family are biased and racist.
Last month, popular tabloid columnist and broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson made news when he said he hated Meghan and imagined her being stripped naked and paraded through the towns of England while the people threw excrement at her.
Harry and Meghan moved to Southern California in 2020 to live independently of the royal family, they say, while essentially living off their narrative of rejection by said family.
It’s all a bit complicated.
This Sunday, Harry will appear in two interviews — separately on CBS in the United States and ITV in Britain — dishing out some additional material to promote the sale of his memoir.
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