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Prince Harry claims William physically assaulted him, according to a new book seen by The Guardian

Prince Harry claims William physically assaulted him, according to a new book seen by The Guardian

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Prince Harry accused his brother William of physically assaulting him during an argument over his wife Meghan Markle in 2019, according to The Guardian.

The British newspaper claims to have seen an advance copy of Prince Harry’s long-awaited memoir, Sparein which Harry, Duke of Sussex, claimed his brother William, Prince of Wales, knocked him to the floor during the row.

The alleged fight took place after a conversation between the two brothers during which William, the heir to the British throne, called Markle “difficult,” “rude” and “abrasive,” according to The Guardian.

The confrontation escalated until William “grabbed me by the collar, tore off my necklace and … knocked me to the floor,” reports The Guardian.

CNN requested an advance copy of the book from the publisher Penguin Random House, but has not received a reply. Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and a spokesman for the Sussex family declined CNN’s request for comment on the alleged dispute.

The Guardian article focused on the alleged physical altercation between the brothers, but described the entire book as a “remarkable volume”.

The article reported Harry’s version of events, with William arriving at Harry and Meghan’s then-home, Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace, to discuss the “whole disaster” of their relationship and struggles with the press.

Harry claims William assaulted him after offering him water and trying to cool down a heated verbal conversation, according to The Guardian.

The article quoted Harry as saying: β€œHe left the water on, called me another name, then pounced on me. It all happened so fast. So very fast. He grabbed me by the collar, tore off my necklace and knocked me to the floor. I landed on the dog’s bowl, which burst under my back, the shards cutting into me. I lay there for a moment, dazed, then stood up and told him to go away.

The article said Harry stated in the book that William urged him to fight back, but he refused to do so. William left but later returned “looking contrite” and apologised, according to the Guardian article citing the book.

Spare is due for release on January 10th.

Since their wedding in 2018, Harry and Meghan’s relationship has come under intense media scrutiny, with particular focus on the Duchess of Sussex.

In a recent Netflix documentaryHarry accused the media of putting unnecessary stress on his Meghan, which led to her having a miscarriage and suffering from suicidal thoughts.

The couple said the relentless media coverage eventually led them to quit their jobs as members of the royal family.

Harry admitted in the six-part documentary that he didn’t cope “particularly well” with Meghan’s deteriorating mental health at first.

β€œI knew she was struggling; we both struggled but i never thought it would get to this stage. The fact that it got to that stage I felt angry and ashamed,” Harry said, adding: “I dealt with it as institutional Harry, as opposed to husband Harry.”

Meghan said she wanted to go somewhere for help, but claimed she wasn’t allowed to because of concerns about how the institution would look, without specifying who she believes stopped her. She made similar comments in her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health issues, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 to connect with a trained counselor or visit NSPL website. International Association for Suicide Prevention and Friends all over the world also provides contact information for crisis centers around the world.


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