Prince Harry accused his brother, William, of physically assaulting him during an argument over his wife, Meghan Markle, in 2019, according to The Guardian.
The UK newspaper claims to have seen an advance copy of Prince Harry’s highly anticipated Spare memoir, in which Harry, the Duke of Sussex, allegedly claims his brother, the Prince of Wales, knocked him to the ground during the altercation. .
The alleged fight came after a conversation between the two brothers, during which William, the heir to the British throne, called Markle “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive”, according to The Guardian.
The confrontation escalated until William “grabbed me by the collar, ripped my collar and … threw me to the ground,’” reported The Guardian.
THE CNN requested an advance copy of the book from Penguin Random House, but did not receive a response. THE CNN also reached out to Prince William’s press team at Kensington House for comment.
The Guardian article focuses on the alleged physical altercation between the brothers, but describes the entirety of the book as a “remarkable volume”.
The article recounts Harry’s version of events, in which William arrives at Harry and Meghan’s home, Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace, to allegedly discuss “‘the whole ongoing catastrophe’ of their relationship and struggles with the press” .
Harry alleges William attacked him after he offered him water and tried to cool down a heated verbal exchange, according to The Guardian.
The article quotes Harry: “He lowered the water, called me another name and then came to me. Everything happened so fast. Very fast. He grabbed me by the collar, ripped my collar and threw me to the ground. I landed in the dog’s bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me. I stood there for a moment, stunned, then I got up and told him to leave.”
The article says that the Duke of Sussex claims in the book that his brother urged him to fight back, but he refused to do so. William left but later returned, “looking remorseful” and apologised, according to the Guardian article, citing the book.
“Spare” will be released on January 10th.
Since their wedding in 2018, Harry and Meghan’s relationship has come under intense media scrutiny, with a particular focus on the Duchess of Sussex.
In a recent Netflix documentary, Harry blamed the media for putting undue stress on his Meghan, causing her to have a miscarriage and suicidal thoughts.
The couple said the relentless media coverage ultimately led to them stepping down as members of the royal family.
Harry admitted in the six-part documentary that he didn’t handle Meghan’s deteriorating mental health “particularly well” at first.
“I knew she was struggling; we were both struggling but I never thought we would get to this stage. The fact that it got to that stage made me angry and ashamed,” said Harry, adding: “I dealt with it as institutional Harry as opposed to husband Harry.”
Meghan said she wanted to go somewhere to ask for help but claimed she wasn’t allowed to do that because of concerns about what it would be like for the institution, without specifying who she believes stopped her.
She made similar comments in her explosive 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Source: CNN Brasil
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