Apparently, he was knocked down by Prince William in a rather vicious argument they had over Meghan, as per statements from his book retrieved by “The Guardian.” Clearly, the days of the British royal family washing their dirty linen in private are long gone.
The Heir, Prince William, And The “Spare”, Prince Harry
The title of the book, “Spare” is in line with what Harry might have resented from the very beginning, right at his conception. Early on in the book, the younger scion of the royal family recounts the story of how his father, now King Charles, supposedly said to his wife, Princess Diana, on the day of Harry’s birth: “Wonderful! Now you’ve given me an heir and a spare – my work is done.”
It’s a saying in most royal families, the heir is the older son that inherits all the royal titles. The spare is next-in-line, should something happen to the heir.
His utter resentment of being the “spare” is the one constant theme in the book and resounds through all the various chapters, be it his childhood, his schooling, his career as a royal and in the British army, his relationship with his parents and brother, and finally, his life with Meghan Markle. He writes about his relationship with his American wife, beginning with the meeting and courtship, wedding, and marriage to their own experience of parenthood.
The one thing that Harry does not “spare” the audience with is the recounting of intensely private scenes, conversations, and even arguments as he also writes about his mother, Princess Diana, and her death in a car crash in Paris in August 1997. He also talks about his love for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who died last year, but the fact that he’s not as important as his brother, the heir, is a solid unifying theme across the book.
William Attacked Harry In Anger, Over Meghan
The British media had a field day when Harry began to date Meghan and later married her. Most painted Meghan Markle in a bad light, and also revealed the rising tensions in the royal family over the same. In fact, it was this “the whole rolling catastrophe” of the relationship between the brothers over Meghan Markle that William wanted to discuss with Harry. As per extracts from the book, when William arrived at Nottingham Cottage where Harry was then living, he was already “piping hot.”
Apparently, as per what Harry wrote in the book, William complained about Meghan and was not behaving in a rational manner. Harry accused William of simply repeating the press narrative and the argument turned into a shouting match.
At one point, Harry told William he was acting like an heir, and further insults were exchanged before William claimed he was trying to help.
Harry wrote, he said, “Are you serious? Help me? Sorry – is that what you call this? Helping me?” This angered William who swore and stepped towards him. Harry then wrote that this scared him and he turned to the kitchen, pouring his brother a glass of water, saying, “Willy, I can’t speak to you when you’re like this.”
The next extract of the book proves shocking as Harry wrote: “He set down the water, called me another name, then came at me. It all happened so fast. So very fast. He grabbed me by the collar, ripped 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 him to hit back citing childish fisticuffs but when Harry refused, William left, only to return, “looking regretful, and apologized.”
Then before he went he “turned and called back: ‘You don’t need to tell Meg about this.'”
When Harry asked: “You mean that you attacked me”, William replied, “I didn’t attack you, Harold.'”
When Harry did tell his wife after she noticed “scrapes and bruises” on his back, Harry says she “wasn’t that surprised, and wasn’t all that angry. She was terribly sad.”
King Charles Is Fully Aware Of The Royal Rift
Despite all the revelations in the book, it seems Harry hopes for a reconciliation between himself and his family. And yet these very secrets may end up in a never-ending rift, if not a feud. In the books, Harry further recalls a tense meeting with Charles and William after the funeral of Prince Phillip, the queen’s husband, in April 2021.
Charles, he recalls, stood between his warring sons, “looking up at our flushed faces.” Said Charles, as Harry quotes, “Please, boys, don’t make my final years a misery.”