Prince Harry confirmed that he and his brother did not wish for King Charles to marry his longtime love, Camilla Parker-Bowles. In Spare, the duke’s memoir, which is due out next week, he writes, “I remember wondering…if [Camilla] would be cruel to me; if she would be like all the evil stepmothers in the stories.”
Details about how Prince William and Harry felt toward their future stepmother leaked on Thursday after the book was released in Spain ahead of the official Tuesday publication date, according to the Daily Mail. There, it’s called En La Sombra, or “In the Shadow.”
Harry added that the boys didn’t want to stand in the way of their father’s relationship; they simply didn’t want him to remarry. The duke recalls meeting Camilla, whom he and his brother called “the other woman,” for the first time, and notes that it was far from a pleasant experience for him. He described their introduction as an “injection,” for which he had to brace himself. “Close your eyes and you won’t even feel it,” he writes.
Though they were apparently united against the future queen consort, William and Harry agreed on little else in recent years. According to the Daily Mail, among the revelations from Spare so far are that Harry calls his brother, the future king of England, “Willy,” and refers to him as his “archnemesis” and “polar opposite.” The most unsparing dig, however, is aimed at his brother’s hair line during one of the family’s lowest moments. Of a confrontation between William, Charles, and Harry about Harry’s emigration to the US, a discussion that went down after Prince Philip’s funeral, he writes, “I looked at Willy, really looked at him, perhaps for the first time since we were little, taking in every detail: his familiar scowl, which had always been the norm in his dealings with me.”
William’s thinning hair was “alarming,” Harry writes, and more “advanced than mine.” The resemblance his older brother had with their mother had “faded.” Harry claimed that there, in the cemetery, near the graves of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, the two senior royals did not understand and did not care to understand why he and Meghan had left the country.
On Wednesday, The Guardian released excerpts from the memoir that detailed a separate, physical fight between William and Harry at Nottingham Cottage. William, under the pretense of helping Harry, had allegedly called Meghan “difficult,” “rude,” and “abrasive.” Harry writes that he said he couldn’t talk to William when he’s “like this,” and then things got physical.
“It all happened so fast,” Prince Harry recalls. “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.”
William urged Harry to fight back, Harry claims, and when he didn’t, William looked “regretful, and apologised.” The Prince of Wales told his brother that he shouldn’t tell Meghan, to which Harry says he replied, “You mean that you attacked me?” By way of an answer, William allegedly said, “I didn’t attack you, Harold.”
Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace haven’t commented on the allegations about the fight yet, or anything else in the bombshell memoir. Per Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl, palace insiders have noted, however, that William is “already furious.”
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