Prince Harry is ready to publish some memoirs, Replacementdetailing his complicated relationship with King Charles and Prince William, memories of his late mother Princess Diana, and his last conversation with the Queen.
The long-awaited memoir was scheduled to be published next Tuesday but accidentally went on sale in Spain five days before its official release date, giving readers a premature look at the explosive revelations about the Royal Family. It comes on the heels of the streaming record-breaking six-part Meghan and Harry Netflix documentary released in December, which revealed more live bombs and caused a media frenzy in Britain.
In July 2022, Penguin Random House announced that it would publish an “intimate and candid” memoir of the Duke of Sussex. “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I have learned in my life thus far and excited for people to read a first-hand account of my life that is accurate and completely truthful,” Prince Harry said in a statement. statement when the memory was announced.
The dedication at the beginning of the book reads: “To Meg, Archie and Lili… and of course, my mother.”
Here’s a look at some of the biggest memoir reveals so far.
Prince Harry details William’s physical attack on Meghan
Prince Harry writes that his brother and heir to the throne, Prince William, knocked him to the ground during a 2019 argument about Harry’s wife Meghan, according to a sneak peek from The Guardian.
In the book, Harry says that the physical altercation with William took place at Harry’s London home. William had called Meghan “difficult,” “rude” and “abrasive,” Harry says, which sounded to him like “the press narrative” about his wife.
“He grabbed me by the neck, ripped my collar and threw me to the ground,” Harry writes.
William then challenged his younger brother to strike back, but Harry refused. William later returned to the scene, “looking remorseful and apologetic,” Harry writes, and his brother asked him not to tell Meghan that she had “attacked” him.
Page Six also reports that Prince Harry refers to Prince William as his “beloved brother and archenemy” in the memoir. He was questioned about the appointment in a Good morning america interview and said: “There has always been this competition between us, strangely. I think he really plays or always plays the heir/replacement.”
Prince Harry says William and Kate told him to wear the 2005 Nazi suit
The memoir also reveals that William and his wife, Kate Middleton, encouraged Harry to wear his controversial Nazi costume in 2005, according to a Page Six report.
In the book, Harry writes that he was deciding between wearing a pilot’s uniform or Nazi garb to a party in London with a “native and colonial” theme and asked the couple for their opinion: “I called Willy and Kate, asked what did they think . Nazi uniform, they said,” Harry writes.
Page Six also reports that Harry tried it on: “They both howled. Worse than Willy’s leotard outfit! Much more ridiculous! Which, again, was the point.”
The Sun broke the story with a cover photo of the costume at the time, Harry dressed as a Nazi soldier with a red swastika-adorned armband, when he was 20 years old. He later apologized and has since called the scandal “one of the biggest mistakes of my life.”
Prince Harry on drug use as a teenager
Harry says that when he was 17 he was offered a line of cocaine at someone’s house and used the drug on several other occasions, though he insists that media reports suggesting he was a drug addict were false and that he did not enjoy it.
“It wasn’t a lot of fun and it didn’t make me feel especially happy like it seemed to make everyone else, but it made me feel different, and that was my main goal. He was a 17-year-old boy willing to try anything that would upset the established order, ”he writes, according to an excerpt released by Reuters.
Harry also recounts how, as a student at the exclusive Eton private school, he used to smoke cannabis in a bathroom in his house while the Thames Valley police served as his bodyguards, patrolling the outside of the building.
How Prince Harry found out about Diana’s death
In a leaked excerpt from the memoir, Harry reveals that he learned of Princess Diana’s death from his father.
Harry, who was 12 at the time, writes that the then-Prince Charles sat on the edge of his bed and said: “My dear son, Mum was in a car accident. There have been complications. Mommy has been seriously injured and she has been taken to the hospital, my dear son”.
“He always called me ‘dear son,’ but he repeated it a lot. He spoke quietly. He gave me the impression that he was in shock,” the duke writes, according to an excerpt from Sky News.
He also recounts that his father “did not hug him” but put his hand on his knee and told him that he would be fine.
Prince Harry says a woman with ‘powers’ sent a message from Diana
Harry describes meeting a woman with “powers” who said she could sense Princess Diana’s spirit. He says that the woman was recommended by friends of hers and that, although he had her doubts about her, as soon as he sat down with her, “I felt an energy around her.”
“Your mother says you’re living the life she couldn’t live, the life she wanted for you,” Harry is quoted as saying the woman told him.
But Harry says he was still skeptical and wanted more proof. The woman told him that Diana mentioned a Christmas decoration. Harry said that it must have been the one that his son, Archie, had tried to fix.
Prince Harry and Prince William asked King Charles not to marry Camilla
Harry reveals that he and his brother asked Charles not to marry Camilla Parker-Bowles, who is now Britain’s Queen Consort, after Princess Diana’s death, fearing she would become his ” wicked stepmother.”
He writes: “That is why when the question came up, Willy and I promised our father that we would welcome Camilla into the family. The only thing we asked in exchange for her was that he not marry her. ‘You don’t need to remarry,’ we asked him.
Nonetheless, he writes that both he and William ended up wishing their father a happy marriage and felt some sympathy for their relationship. On April 9, 2005, Charles married Camilla in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall.
Prince Harry says he killed 25 people in Afghanistan
Harry says he killed 25 people while serving as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan. He says he took part in six missions, all of which involved deaths, but he says he saw them as justifiable as Taliban insurgents wanting to kill his comrades.
“It wasn’t a statistic that made me proud but it didn’t leave me ashamed either. When I found myself in the heat and confusion of combat, I didn’t think of those 25 as people. They were chess pieces removed from the board, the bad people eliminated before they could kill the good people.”
Prince Harry secretly meets with Charles and William after Prince Philip’s funeral
The memoir begins with the story of Queen Elizabeth telling the Duke that her grandfather had passed away. Harry says he woke up to 32 missed calls when Prince Philip died in April 2021.
Harry also reveals that he had a secret meeting with William and Charles hours after Prince Philip’s funeral. The Daily Mail reports that the first chapter describes the meeting in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Harry said his father and brother did not listen to him and said they did not understand why he had left Britain and moved to the United States.
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.”
Prince Harry’s last conversation with the Queen
Prince Harry’s memoir also shares poignant details about his last conversation with his grandmother, four days before her death in September 2022.
According to Hello magazine, Harry called the queen during his break at Balmoral Castle. They discussed the chaos in Downing Street, the Braemar Gathering Highland Games and the drought in Britain. Harry writes that he joked that the grass was like his head: bald with patches.
With a Reuters report
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