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05th Jan 2023

Harry claims brother William floored him during violent confrontation in leaked book extracts

Jack Peat

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds have gathered and tributes left at the gates of Windsor Castle to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on 8 September, 2022. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

He says the future King ‘attacked’ him after calling Meghan ‘rude’

Prince Harry has claimed he and William were involved in a violent confrontation that left him on the floor in leaked extracts of his upcoming autobiography, Spare.

Despite claiming to want to reconcile with his father and his brother, the Duke of Sussex has made some extraordinary claims in his soon-to-be-published book that could make it difficult to rekindle any relationship.

In one extract, obtained by The Guardian, Harry talks about an intense argument he had with William over his wife Meghan Markle.

Occurring in 2019, the Prince of Wales is said to have called his sister-in-law “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive”.

The increasingly heated row between the two brothers culminated into a physical altercation, the book claims.

At one point, Harry says, William “grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and… knocked me to the floor”.

During the argument, William said he was trying to help Harry who accused his older brother of acting like an heir.

Harry responded as he said: “Are you serious? Help me? Sorry – is that what you call this? Helping me?”

According to Harry, his response angered William, who stepped towards him and began swearing which caused Harry to walk away from William who followed him into the kitchen.

Harry then said, after giving William a glass of water: “Willy, I can’t speak to you when you’re like this”.

The dispute between the pair then reached a climax as he wrote: “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 Duke of Sussex wrote that William told him to hit him back, an offer he said he refused as William left before returning and apologising.

Harry claims before William left for the final time he told him: ”You don’t need to tell Meg about this.”’

He says he replied with: “You mean that you attacked me?” as William denied attacking him.

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