The 7 biggest bombshells from Prince Harry’s book and interviews

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In the lead-up to the release of his memoir Spare, Prince Harry has taken part in what early clips promise will be explosive interviews with ITV and CBS. Both airing on Sunday, 8 January, the tell-alls will come two days before the Duke of Sussex’s book is published. Previews show the Prince further discussing the so-called briefing wars, his relationships with his brother and father and whether he has hopes for a royal reconciliation. Amid speculation regarding what other bombshells Harry may deliver, leaked excerpts of his memoir suggest that the book will delve further into the tensions lying within the British Royal Family. Here, looks at the biggest revelations and explores what may lie in the future for Harry, his wife Meghan Markle and his family overseas. 

1. William physically attacked Harry

According to The Guardian, in his book, the Duke of Sussex recounts what he describes as a physical attack by his older brother, Prince William.  

The alleged confrontation took place in 2019 at Harry’s home in Kensington Palace. He claimed William called Meghan “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive”, which Harry argued was a “parrot[ing of] the press narrative” about his wife. 

Their dispute continued to escalate until, according to Harry, the then-Duke of Cambridge “grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and … knocked me to the floor”.

Harry claimed he fell back onto the dog bowl and, in doing so, scraped his back, leading to visible injury. 

William left Nottingham Cottage, Harry wrote, then returned “looking regretful, and apologised”. After the older Prince left again, he “turned and called back: ‘You don’t need to tell Meg about this.’

“‘You mean that you attacked me?’

“‘I didn’t attack you, Harold.’”

The Duke of Sussex said he didn’t immediately tell his wife, choosing to call his therapist. However, when Meghan later noticed “scrapes and bruises” on his back, he explained what had happened. 

Harry said she “wasn’t that surprised, and wasn’t all that angry. She was terribly sad.”

2. King Charles begged his sons not to fight

It was also reported that King Charles asked his warring sons not to “make my final years a misery” at Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021. 

Charles reportedly “stood between” Harry and William “looking up at our flushed faces”, the Duke of Sussex wrote. 

“Please boys,” Harry quotes Charles as saying, “Don’t make my final years a misery.”

3. Kate and William ok’d Nazi costume

The Duke of Sussex has put some of the blame for his infamous decision to wear a Nazi uniform to a party on his brother William and his sister-in-law Kate, Princess of Wales. 

Sources claim Harry has detailed in his tell-all memoir Spare that the pair “howled with laughter” when they saw his bad-taste outfit choice in 2005, which resulted in front page spreads across the nation showing the Prince wearing a German Afrika Korps uniform outfit featuring a swastika on his left arm. 

Ahead of attending the ‘Native and Colonial’ themed party, Harry allegedly tried on the outfit and showed it to William and Kate, asking for their opinion. 

According to Page Six sources, Harry wrote: “I phoned Willy and Kate, asked what they thought. Nazi uniform, they said. They both howled. Worse than Willy’s leotard outfit! Way more ridiculous! Which, again, was the point.”

4. Harry thinks the Royal Family don’t want to reconcile 

In his interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby, Harry indicated that he did want to reconcile with his family, namely his brother and father. 

During the trailer released this week, the Duke said: “I would like to get my father back, I would like to have my brother back.”  

“They feel as though it is better to keep us somehow as the villains,” he added during the interview, which was filmed in California, where he and Meghan now live with their two children.

However, he alleged that his family “have shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile”. 

5. Harry sees no possibility of returning to the Royal Family

When asked by Anderson Cooper whether he can “see a day when you would return as a full-time member of the Royal Family,” Harry responded: “No.” 

The Duke implied that family relations may be at a point of no return in a short video excerpt published by CBS News 

Asked by Mr Bradby if he thinks he will play a part in the monarchy’s future, Harry simply replied: “I don’t know.”

6. Harry says the Royal Family continue to plant stories

On 60 Minutes, Mr Cooper questioned Harry about the couple’s decision to go public with their differences with the Royal Family and Buckingham Palace.

“Every single time I’ve tried to do it privately, there have been briefings and leakings and planting of stories against me and my wife,” Harry replied.

There comes a point when “silence becomes betrayal,” he added.

7. Harry refuses to confirm coronation attendance

In his interview with Mr Bradby, Harry declined to commit to going to the coronation of his father King Charles. 

Asked whether he would attend the coronation if he is invited, the Duke said: “There is a lot that can happen between now and then. But, you know, the door is always open, the ball is in their court.

“There’s a lot to be discussed and I really hope that they are willing to sit down and talk about it.”

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