With less than a week to go for the launch of Prince Harry‘s highly anticipated memoir, Spare, newly-released excerpts by The Guardian shed more light on his relationship with brother Prince William, now Prince of Wales.
In his autobiography, the Duke of Sussex recounts falling out with his brother over his marriage with Meghan Markle. Prince Harry writes that Prince William called Markle “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive”, before detailing the escalation that followed and took place in 2019 at the Nottingham Cottage where he claims his brother physically attacked him. Prince William “grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and … knocked me to the floor,” writes the father-of-two.
“It all happened so fast. So very fast,” Prince Harry says, before adding that the incident resulted in a back injury. “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,” he writes. He goes on to write that while he kept this from Markle at first, she later noticed “scrapes and bruises” on his back and “wasn’t that surprised, and wasn’t all that angry,” but “terribly sad.”
Ahead of the memoir’s release, Prince Harry also sat down for two interviews in the US and the UK. Speaking to ITV, the British royal opened up about where he currently stands with King Charles and Prince William. “They’ve shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile,” he said. “I would like to get my father back. I would like to have my brother back.”