A series of bombshell revelations have already leaked from Prince Harry’s explosive autobiography. The extracts have been published in newspapers including The Guardian, The Telegraph and Daily Mail. It comes ahead of Spare’s release date on Tuesday (10 January).
Copies of Prince Harry’s book have already gone on sale in Spain, five days early, despite tight security. Bookshops in the UK, meanwhile, say they are under a strict embargo to ensure the Duke of Sussex’s autobiography is not released early.
In the leaked revelations from Spare, Harry makes claims about his time serving for the British Army in Afghanistan, physical confrontations with his brother and his drug use as a teenager. Here are the revelations and accusations that have leaked so far:
Harry claims Prince William physically attacked him
The Duke of Sussex writes in his book that he was physically attacked by William and knocked to the floor during a furious confrontation over his wife, Meghan Markle. Harry alleges the heated confrontation took place at his then-home in London, Nottingham Cottage, in 2019 and left him with a visible injury to his back after William grabbed him by the collar and ripped his necklace before knocking him to the floor, The Guardian said.
Harry writes: “(William) called me another name, then came at me. It all happened so fast. 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.”
Prince Harry says William saw ‘red mist’
Prince Harry claims he saw “the red mist” in Prince William during an alleged argument between them over his marriage to Meghan Markle.
The Duke of Sussex claims he was physically attacked by his brother and that William wanted him to retaliate and hit him back.
The revelation was made in a newly-released clip from ITV’s forthcoming interview with Harry which details the incident that reportedly took place in 2019.
Nicknames revealed and Charles’ plea to his sons
Other revelations from the book include how the brothers call each other “Willy” and “Harold” and that Charles pleaded with his sons during a tense meeting after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral: “Please, boys. Don’t make my final years a misery.”
William and Kate ‘encouraged’ Harry to wear infamous Nazi uniform
Harry also alleges that it was William and the Princess of Wales who encouraged him to wear a Nazi uniform to a fancy dress party in 2005 and “howled” with laughter when they saw it. Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace have declined to comment on the leaked claims from Harry’s book which emerged five days before the explosive tell-all memoir is due to be published.
Meghan upset Kate over ‘baby brain’ comment
Harry claims that Meghan upset Kate, who had recently given birth, by telling her that she must have “baby brain” during a phone call in the run up to the Sussexes’ wedding in 2018, according to The Sun. The duke alleges that Meghan apologised but William “pointed a finger” at her, saying: “Well, it’s rude, Meghan. These things are not done here,” to which she responded: “If you don’t mind, keep your finger out of my face.”
Woman passed on message from his mother saying Diana is ‘with’ him
The Duke of Sussex has claimed that a woman relayed him a message from Diana, Princess of Wales, saying he is “living the life she couldn’t”. Harry said the woman, who “claimed to have ‘powers’”, told him his mother is “with” him and that she knows he is “looking for clarity” and “feels” his confusion.
He reveals in his autobiography Spare that the woman, who is not referred to as a psychic or medium, caused his neck to grow warm and his eyes to water, The Guardian reported.
Charles on Diana giving birth to a ‘spare’
Harry tells how, after he was born, his father supposedly told the Princess of Wales that his son’s arrival was wonderful and that now she had given him an heir and a spare, his work was done. In the book, Harry wrote that Charles sat on the end of his bed at Balmoral Castle and told him: “My dear son, mum has had a car accident.”
According to The Sun, the duke claims his father did not hug him and that he later “felt like a politician” as he greeted members of the public in the wake of her death.
Harry claims to have killed 25 people in Afghanistan
Harry also writes about his time while on tour with the British Army, the Telegraph reports. He says that he flew on six missions that resulted in “the taking of human lives” and says he is neither proud nor ashamed.
The duke describes how in the heat of battle he did not think of the 25 lives as “people” but instead as “chess pieces” that had been taken off the board, according to the Telegraph. He was an Apache helicopter pilot during his second tour of Afghanistan in 2012/2013, having first served in the country in 2007/2008.
Taliban condems Prince Harry’s “war crimes”
Anas Haqqani, Taliban leader in Afghanistan, condemned the duke for describing those he killed as “chess players”, but added that not many who killed Afghans “have your decency to reveal their conscience and confess to their war crimes”.
Mr Haqqani tweeted on Friday: “Mr. Harry! The ones you killed were not chess pieces, they were humans; they had families who were waiting for their return. Among the killers of Afghans, not many have your decency to reveal their conscience and confess to their war crimes.
“The truth is what you’ve said; Our innocent people were chess pieces to your soldiers, military and political leaders. Still, you were defeated in that “game” of white & black “square”. I don’t expect that the (International Criminal Court) will summon you or the human rights activists will condemn you, because they are deaf and blind for you. But hopefully these atrocities will be remembered in the history of humanity.”
Duke has “turned on his other family”
Colonel Tim Collins, known for a pre-battle speech he made in Iraq, said Harry has now turned against his “other family, the military”. Lord Darroch, former national security adviser, said he “would have advised against” Harry revealing those details, while former commando Ben McBean told the prince to “shut up”.
Col Collins criticised Harry for making the disclosure, calling it “a tragic money-making scam”. He told Forces News on Friday: “Amongst his assertions is a claim that he killed 25 people in Afghanistan.
“That’s not how you behave in the Army; it’s not how we think.” Col Collins later added: “Harry has now turned against the other family, the military, that once embraced him, having trashed his birth family.”
He also accused Harry of taking a path that is “alien” to those in the UK and the Commonwealth, adding that the duke is “pursuing US identity politics and casting slurs or racism around where none exists”. “I wonder whose path he has chosen? In the end I see only disappointment and misery in his pursuit of riches he does not need and his rejection of family and comradely love that he badly needs,” he said.
Harry describes William as his ‘arch nemesis’
The Duke of Sussex has branded the Prince of Wales both his “arch nemesis” and his “beloved brother” in his autobiography. Harry admitted there has always been competition between them in their heir/spare roles.
The Prince has also recorded an interview with Good Morning America (GMA), with a clip showing interviewer Michael Strahan asking him: “There is a quote in the book where your refer to your brother as your ’beloved brother and arch nemesis’. Strong words. What did you mean by that?” Harry replies: “There has always been this competition between us, weirdly. I think it really plays into or is played by the ‘heir/spare’.”
William and Harry ‘begged’ Charles not to marry Camilla
Harry claims that he and William told Charles they would welcome the now-Queen Consort into the family on the condition he did not marry her and “begged” him not to do so. The Duke alleges that his father did not respond to their pleas.
Harry lost his virginity to ‘older woman’
The duke also writes about how he lost his virginity to an unnamed older woman aged 17. He claims it took place in a field behind a “very busy pub” and that the woman treated him like a “young stallion”.
The book outlines how one of the Royal Family’s bodyguards Marko paid him a visit when he was still a pupil at Eton College in Windsor and told the Prince he had been sent to “find out the truth”.
Harry writes: “I suspected he was referring to my recent loss of virginity, a humiliating episode with an older woman who liked macho horses and who treated me like a young stallion. I mounted her quickly, after which she spanked my ass and sent me away. One of my many mistakes was letting it happen in a field, just behind a very busy pub. No doubt someone had seen us.”
Harry took cocaine as a teen to ‘feel’
In Spare, Harry writes that he had “taken cocaine” during a shooting weekend by the summer of 2002 when he was 17 and did “a few more lines” on other occasions, according to The Times. The 38-year-old adds that it was “not fun and it did not make me feel as happy as it seemed to make others but it did make me feel different and that was my main goal.
“To feel. To be different. I was a 17-year-old willing to try almost anything that would upset the established order. At least that was what I was trying to convince myself of,” he said.
King was jealous of ‘resplendent’ Meghan
The Duke of Sussex has claimed his father was jealous of both his wife, Meghan, and his sister-in-law, the Princess of Wales, in his memoir.
Harry reportedly said the reason his father supposedly said he did not “have money to spare” to financially support him and his wife Meghan was because the King feared the “novel and resplendent” American actress would steal his limelight. Writing in his highly-anticipated memoir, Spare, which was accidentally released early in Spain, Harry says his father had “experienced that before and he had no interest in letting it happen to him again” – in an apparent allusion to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Harry calls role as best man at William’s wedding ‘a bare-faced lie’
The Duke of Sussex has claimed he was not the real best man at his brother the Prince of Wales’s wedding. Harry reportedly said the ruse was carried out to save William’s two closest friends, James Meade and Thomas Van Straubenzee, from the attention the role would bring to their private lives.
Writing in his highly anticipated memoir, Spare, which was accidentally released early in Spain, the duke describes his apparent role as best man as a “bare-faced lie”, and says Mr Meade and Mr Van Straubenzee gave the traditional speech at the reception. According to the Daily Mirror – one of the many media outlets to obtain a copy of the Spanish version and translate it – Harry writes: “Willy doesn’t want me giving a best man’s speech.”
Harry asked a driver to replicate the journey Diana took in Paris before her death
While in Paris for the 2007 Rugby World Cup semi-final, Harry, who was 23, was driven through the Pont de l’Alma tunnel at the same speed as the car that was carrying Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed when it crashed in August 1997. Harry said there was “no reason anyone should ever die inside” the tunnel, adding that the drive was “a very bad idea”, People Magazine said.
William was ‘tormented’ over their father’s affair with Camilla
According to the US publication Page Six, which obtained a copy of the Spanish version of Spare, William had felt “tremendous guilt” over their father’s relationship with “the Other Woman”. Harry claims his brother “long harboured suspicions about the Other Woman”.
“(It) confused him, tormented him, and when those suspicions were confirmed he felt tremendous guilt for having done nothing, said nothing, sooner,” he writes.
Harry wanted Diana inquiry reopened
Harry says both he and his brother “were talked out” of calling for a reinvestigation into his mother’s death “by the powers that be”. He adds that he and William felt the final written report on the princess’s death was a “joke” and an “insult” and “riddled with basic factual errors and gaping logical holes”. “It raised more questions than it answered,” Harry wrote.
The King refused to allow Meghan to join him at Balmoral as the Queen was dying
Harry said to his father: “Don’t ever speak about my wife that way,” according to the Telegraph.
Before Harry married Meghan, Charles told him ‘we don’t have money to spare’
When the King had asked his youngest son if his soon-to-be wife intended to keep working as an actress, Harry had said she likely was not. According to Harry, his father replied: “Well, my dear son, you already know that we don’t have money to spare.”
Charles said the royal family could not financially support the couple and also reportedly complained he was struggling to support William and Kate.