Prince Harry in new autobiography says William hit him during fight over Meghan

Amrutha Pagad
Amrutha PagadJan 05, 2023 | 10:33

Prince Harry in new autobiography says William hit him during fight over Meghan

Prince Harry in new book claims Prince William physically attacked him. Photo: Instagram

The Kardashians are no match for the British royal family when it comes to commercialising their family drama. And there's more juice coming from the royal (ex-royal?) quarters from across the Atlantic. In a teaser for highly guarded Prince Harry's memoir Spare, the younger British Prince is making even more startling revelations about his family. 

The Guardian, which got a copy of Prince Harry's memoir slated for launch on January 10, 2023, revealed tidbits from the book which have never been heard of till now, even after the multiple tell-all interviews and whatnot by the Sussexes. 


The latest revelation: 

He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor.

This is what Prince Harry says about his brother, Prince William, the next-in-line to the throne. So far, Harry has said how his brother and father intimidated and bullied him. But in his memoir, Harry takes another step further in revealing that his brother actually assaulted him.

What happened: The excerpt published by The Guardian is definitely damning of the British Royal family if it's true; but it's still damning of Prince William's image nonetheless. 

  • In 2021, when Prince Harry was living at Nottingham Cottage or "Nott Cott", his brother William came to the place to "talk" about the friction in their relationship.
  • Except, Harry recounts how William came in "piping hot" and not like someone who wanted to have a discussion. 
  • Prince Harry said that Prince William started complaining about his wife Meghan Markle and how she was "difficult, rude and abrasive".
  • Prince Harry told his brother that he was just repeating the narrative set by the tabloids. 
  • But soon the "talk" turned into a shouting match. When Prince Harry went into the kitchen to offer his brother a glass of water, Prince William followed. 
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…
- Prince Harry
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.
- Prince Harry
  • Prince William asked Harry to hit him back like the fights they had as children, but he refused. William left looking "regretful" and also apologised, according to Harry, but asked him not to tell Meghan. 
You mean that you attacked me?
- Prince Harry
I didn't attack you, Harold.
- Prince William (according to Harry in Spare)
  • Though Harry didn't tell his wife about the incident immediately, she later noticed the "scrapes and bruises" on his back. He said that Meghan was "sad" at the incident, but wasn't surprised. 

The memoir and the interviews: In his memoir Spare, Harry talks about his childhood, life in the royal family, schooling, the British army, his mother - the late Princess Diana's death, his relationship with his father - now King Charles - and his brother and his marriage to Meghan. It also mentions a little about Princess Catherine or Kate (William's wife). 

  • The title of the book, Spare, is an old saying in royal and aristocratic families, that the first-born son is the heir, while the second is the spare, if anything were to happen to the first. 
Wonderful! Now you've given me an heir and a spare - my work is done.
- Prince Harry recounting a story of his father King Charles telling Diana
  • The book's title and the overall theme is Harry's resentment towards being the 'spare' of the family. 
A landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.
- Publisher Penguin Random House

Prince Harry's two interviews are also set to release before the book's launch - one with iTV News and the other with CBS 60 minutes with Anderson Cooper. 

Teasers from the interviews show Prince Harry saying: 

I would like to get my father back, I would like to have my brother back.
- Prince Harry to iTV News
They've shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile...
- Prince Harry to iTV News
They will feed or have a conversation with a correspondent, and that correspondent will literally be spoon-fed information...
- Prince Harry to CBS 60 minutes


First, there was the Oprah interview, then a Netflix docuseries and a podcast, "Archetypes". Now, there are two interviews and an autobiography coming. But the question is whether it is the same old story or if there is something new to the tale of the Sussexes vs the British Royal family. 

So far, Harry and Meghan have told the story from their perspective. And since the Buckingham Palace always refuses to comment, there is only one side to the story. One difference now is that the two interviews will be conducted by respected journalists - Tom Bradby and Anderson Cooper, who are (hopefully) bound to ask some pertinent questions to Prince Harry.   

On the other hand, Meghan Markle is also reportedly planning a memoir of her own

Last updated: January 05, 2023 | 12:10
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