Last Updated on March 7, 2023 by hassan abbas
A stream of sensational claims and accusations from Prince Harry’s autobiography, Spare, have been leaked.
The book outlines grievances and bitterness in the Royal Family, such as a claim he and Prince William urged their father not to marry Camilla.
But one of the most striking claims from Harry, first reported by the Guardian newspaper, was how he was physically attacked by his brother.
Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace have both said they will not comment.
BBC News has obtained a copy of Spare in Spain and is translating it.
The Guardian obtained a copy of the book and published an extract in the early hours of Thursday.
The Sun newspaper and others also obtained a Spanish version after it was published in Spain ahead of its official release date – which is on 10 January.
Further allegations from the book have been made public since the Guardian’s first article.
Among them are Harry’s claim that William and Catherine, now the Prince and Princess of Wales, laughed after seeing him dressed in a Nazi uniform for a party.
There are also accounts of Harry’s drug-taking and experiences as an Army helicopter pilot in the Afghanistan conflict.
Reconciliation and compromise are not on the agenda, at least according to the leaked extracts. So far there is a tone of unresolved grief, grievance and accusation in Harry’s claims.
It is intensely personal too, about his closest family, brother, step-mother, sister-in-law, father. There is an angry cloud hanging over these claims and it is going to be impossible for that to be ignored the next time Harry is seen with the Royal Family.
The coronation is only a few months away and the run-up could become a will-he, won’t-he come story about Harry.
These are some of the key claims and revelations from the book:
Harry and William urged father not to marry Camilla
Harry writes that he and William begged their father not to marry Camilla, now Queen Consort, over fears she would be their wicked stepmother, the Sun has reported.
The Sun, which obtained a Spanish copy of the book after it was accidentally published ahead of its official release date, reports that Harry claims he and his brother had separate meetings with Camilla before she officially joined the family.
Harry alleges that he pondered whether she would one day be his “wicked stepmother”, but that he and his brother were willing to forgive her in “their hearts” if she could make King Charles happy.
There is no detail given on when the meeting took place or how old Harry was at the time.
A woman with powers relaying a message from Diana
Harry describes how his sadness over the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, led to him seeking help from a woman who “claimed to have ‘powers”.
“Your mother says that you are living the life that she couldn’t live,” Harry says the woman told him. “You’re living the life she wanted for you.”
Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 when Harry was 12.
Harry’s account of a conversation he says he had with his late mother is short, the Guardian says. There is also no detail on where or when the meeting with the woman took place.
William ‘knocked him to the floor’
Harry claims his brother grabbed his collar, ripped his necklace and knocked him to the floor at his London cottage.
The book sets out an argument between the pair, which Harry claims was sparked by comments made by William about Meghan.
Harry writes that his brother was critical of Meghan with William describing her as “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive”.
The Duke of Sussex said that his brother was “parrot[ing] the press narrative” as the confrontation escalated, according to the Guardian.