A few days before the publication of Prince Harry’s Memoirs, the first extracts were already causing a sensation on Thursday, January 5. The son of King Charles III and Diana Spencer tells the story, among other things, of a violent altercation with his brother William, his consumption of cocaine and his opposition to his father’s remarriage.
These damning revelations for the British monarchy leaked a month after the broadcast of the Netflix documentary on Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, without sensational allegations, and five days before the publication of this book entitled The Alternate, scheduled for January 10. Several media obtained a copy of the book, in particular when Spanish bookstores put it on sale by mistake.
The main revelation is given by the Guardian : In his Memoirs, the Duke of Sussex accuses his brother, William, heir to the throne, of knocking him to the ground during a 2019 row over Meghan, whom Harry had married the previous year. William “grabbed me by the collar, ripping my collar off, and knocked me to the ground”Harry would relate, adding that he had “landed on the dog bowl”. William would then ” excuse “.
” Mission accomplished “
Pell-mell, the British media have multiplied the publications. the MailOnline reveals that Harry explains in his book that he opposed his father’s remarriage to Camilla, fearing that she was a “ugly mother-in-law”. According to the tabloid The SunHarry also explains that William and his wife, Kate, encouraged him, when he was 20, to dress up as a Nazi at a costume party, which caused a scandal.
Sky News recounts the passage where Harry admits having taken cocaine and the one where he tells that he and William were dissuaded from asking for the reopening of the investigation into the death of their mother, Diana Spencer. Harry also claims to have killed twenty-five “enemy fighters” during his missions in Afghanistan, without remorse or pride, reports the Daily Telegraph.
According to GuardianHarry evokes throughout his Memoirs the difficulty of being “the substitute”. He says that on the day of his birth his father, then Prince Charles, said to his mother: ” Magnificent ! Now you have given me an heir and a substitute – mission accomplished. »
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Buckingham Palace has remained silent on these revelations, as on the accusations made in the Netflix docuseries released last month. The couple blamed the royal family for not having protected them and Harry accused his brother of having “screamed” on it in 2020 in the presence of Elizabeth II.
The flamboyant marriage in May 2018 between Prince Harry, now 38, and Meghan Markle, a divorced Métis American actress, seemed to give the royal family a facelift. It quickly turned to family warfare and media harassment, pushing the “Sussexes” to leave the monarchy with a bang in 2020.
The couple have since publicly criticized the Royal Family and their communications teams, for example in a 2021 interview where they accused a family member of racism. Since then, the two brothers, once united behind their mother’s coffin in 1997, have been openly cold, only appearing together on extremely rare occasions.
These criticisms fall in the midst of a transition period for the British royal family, after the accession to the throne of Charles III, which follows the death of Elizabeth II, on September 8 at the age of 96. The sovereign of the United Kingdom and fourteen other Commonwealth states is to be crowned on May 6, an event announced as grandiose and broadcast around the world. Will Prince Harry attend? In a trailer shown by ITV, he dodges the question by claiming that it can happen “lots of stuff here”.