For months, sources close to the royal family have said they worried about what Prince Harry would say about the rest of the Windsors in his highly anticipated memoir Spare, due out next Tuesday. On Wednesday night, The Guardian broke one of the book’s most shocking stories, sharing a scene where Harry alleges that Prince William attacked him physically during a 2019 argument. Following the revelations, more stories from the memoir Harry wrote with ghostwriter J.R. Moehringer have begun to make it into the public eye.
On Wednesday, Page Six reported that Harry reveals that William and Kate Middleton both helped him choose the infamous Nazi costume he wore to a close friend’s costume party in 2005. “I phoned Willy and Kate, asked what they thought. Nazi uniform, they said,” Harry writes, per the tabloid, which adds that he tried the costume on for them when he returned home. “They both howled. Worse than Willy’s leotard outfit! Way more ridiculous! Which, again, was the point.” He added that he had originally been choosing between Nazi and pilot costumes for the party, which had a “Natives and Colonial” theme.
Vanity Fair has previously reported that the costume only made it into the public eye after another guest at the party shared it with The Sun. In his 2020 book Battle of Brothers, Robert Lacey first reported that the fallout over the incident had driven a wedge between them. In an episode of the Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan that premiered in December, Harry described his decision to wear the costume as “one of the biggest mistakes of my life,” adding that he “felt so ashamed afterward.”
On Thursday morning, Good Morning America’s Micheal Strahan revealed that he had read the entire book in advance of an interview with Harry, which will air on Monday morning. In a clip from the interview, Strahan quoted Harry describing William as his “beloved brother and archnemesis.” In response, Harry explained the quote.“There has always been this competition between us, weirdly,” he said. “I think it plays into this heir-spare.” Later, Strahan added that the book focuses on Harry’s relationship with William but it is also “a conversation about healing.”
More stories are due to emerge from the book sooner rather than later, as Hello! reports that the Spanish-language version of the book titled En La Sombra has already gone on sale at a bookstore in Spain.
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