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Prince Harry makes sensational claims in his memoir Spare

Prince Harry makes sensational claims in his memoir Spare
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A torrent of sensational claims and accusations from Prince Harry’s autobiography Spare has leaked out.

The book details grievances and bitterness in the royal family, such as claims that he and Prince William urged her father not to marry Camilla.

But one of Harry’s most striking claims was first reported by the Watchman’s Newspaperwas how he was physically attacked by his brother.

Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace have both said they will not comment.

BBC News has received a copy of Spare in Spain and is translating it.

These are some of the key claims and revelations from the book:

Harry and William urged father not to marry Camilla

Harry writes that he and William begged their father not to marry Camilla, now Queen Consort, for fear she would be their evil stepmother, the Sun newspaper – which also received a Spanish version after she appeared there before her official Release date was published – has called.

The Sun reports that Harry claims he and his brother met separately with Camilla before she officially joined the family.

Harry claims that he thought about whether she would one day be his “wicked stepmother”, but that he and his brother were willing to forgive her “in their hearts” if she could make King Charles happy.

There are no details as to when the meeting took place or how old Harry was at the time.

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The two royal couples seen together at Windsor Castle after the death of Queen Elizabeth II

A woman with powers who relays a message from Diana

Harry describes how his sadness at the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, led him to seek help from a woman who “claimed to have ‘powers'”.

“Your mother says you’re living the life she couldn’t live,” says Harry, the woman told him. “You live the life she wanted for you.”

Diana died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 when Harry was 12 years old.

Harry’s account of a conversation he allegedly had with his late mother is brief, according to the Guardian – which received a copy of the book and published an extract in the early hours of Thursday.

There is also no information about where or when the meeting with the woman took place.

Charles “didn’t hug Harry” when Diana died

In the memoir, Harry describes how his father woke him up to bring him the news that Diana was involved in a car accident.

Harry writes that Charles – who Harry says is not good at expressing his feelings under “normal circumstances” – did not hug him at the time.

Later Harry writes about it Replica of the car ride Diana made in Paris in the lead up to her death, hoping it would bring him some closure – but he says it made him question the official cause of her death instead.

William ‘beat him to the ground’

Harry claims his brother grabbed his collar, tore his necklace and pushed him to the ground at his cottage in London.

The book sets out a dispute between the two, which Harry says was sparked by comments made by William about Meghan.

Harry writes that his brother was critical of Meghan, with William describing her as “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive”.

The Duke of Sussex said his brother was a “parrot”.[ing] the press narrative,” as the confrontation escalated, according to the Guardian.

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William is said to often refer to Harry as “Harold”, although that is not his official name – Henry Charles Albert David

Harry is asked to describe what happened next, including an alleged physical altercation.

“He sat down [a glass of] water, called me another name, and then approached me. Everything happened so fast. So very quickly.

“He grabbed my collar, tore my necklace and threw me to the ground.

“I landed on the dog’s bowl, which broke under my back, the pieces cutting into me. I lay there dazed for a moment, then got up and told him to get out.”

How Harry lost his virginity

Harry writes that he was 17 when he lost his virginity to an older woman in a field behind a pub.

He says it was a “humiliating” experience, with the woman treating him “like a young stud.”

William and Catherine laughed at Harry’s Nazi costume

The memoir also claims that William and Catherine laughed when Harry returned home in a Nazi uniform before a costume party in 2005.

Harry says he discussed costumes for the event and prompted the couple to ask her opinion that he had a pilot’s uniform and a Nazi outfit to choose from. He describes it in his memoirs:

“I called Will and Kate and asked them what they thought.”

“Nazi uniform, they said.”

“I rented it, along with a ridiculous mustache, and returned home.

“Willy and Kate laughed. It was even worse than Willy’s leotard. Much more ridiculous.”

Harry was 20 when the Sun ran a front-page photo of him dressed in uniform at a ‘Native and Colonial’-themed costume party.

Using cocaine at 17, smoking cannabis at Eton and taking magic mushrooms

Harry says he was offered a series of cocaine in someone’s house when he was 17 and admits to having used the drug on several other occasions, although he didn’t enjoy it.

He writes, “It wasn’t a lot of fun and didn’t make me particularly happy like everyone else seemed to, but it made me feel different and that was my main goal.

“I was a 17-year-old boy willing to try anything that would change the pre-established order.”

He also tells how he smoked cannabis in a bathroom at Eton College as a pupil when the Thames Valley Police officers who served as his bodyguards were patrolling the outside of the building.

Harry also describes ingesting magic mushrooms during a trip to California in 2016, reports the Telegraph.

William didn’t like having Harry at Eton

“You don’t know me, Harold. And I don’t know you,” Harry claims William told him when he was about to start school at Eton College.

Harry says his brother explained to him “that Eton was a haven for his first two years there”.

“It was without the burden of a little brother pestering him with questions or poking his nose into his social circle,” says Harry.

He says he told William not to worry. He claims to have said to his brother, “I’ll forget I know you.”

25 Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan

While serving as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan in 2012-13, Harry said he participated in six missions, all of which involved fatalities but considered them justifiable.

“It wasn’t a statistic that made me proud, but it didn’t make me feel ashamed either,” he writes. “When I saw myself thrown into the heat and confusion of battle, I didn’t think of these 25 as human beings. They were pawns removed from the board, bad people eliminated before they could kill good people.”

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Prince Harry in Afghanistan in 2012

William suggested a village band for Harry and Meghan’s wedding

Harry claims the royal household has been mulling over the date and place for his wedding to Meghan.

He says that when he asked his brother about the possibility of getting married at St Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Abbey, William said it was not possible because they were the locations for the weddings of Charles and Diana and William and Catherine, respectively had been.

William instead suggested a village chapel near her father’s Highgrove House in the Cotswolds, Harry says.

Harry and Meghan were married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018.

“Frightening” panic attacks before public appearances

“At the end of the summer of 2013 I went through a bad moment, alternating between bouts of debilitating lethargy and horrible panic attacks,” Harry writes in his memoir.

Describing his duties at the time, from giving speeches to giving interviews, Harry said he was “unable to perform those basic functions”.

Just before speaking, his body was drenched in sweat and putting on the suit was what triggered the panic, he says.

“By the time I put on my blazer and tied my shoes, sweat was pouring down my cheeks and back.”

Charles ‘begged William and Harry not to fight’

Following the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in 2021, Harry describes a confrontation between him and his brother.

According to the Guardian, Harry says Charles stood between him and William, telling them, “Please boys…don’t make my final years a misery.”

William and Harry ‘were the heir and surrogate’

The book’s title alludes to a remark said to have been made after Harry’s birth.

Harry writes that he was 20 years old when he was told Charles had said to Diana, “Wonderful. You gave me an heir and a surrogate. You did your job.”

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