In his long-awaited memoir, Prince Harry says he was physically “attacked” by his brother William, heir to the British throne, during a discussion about Meghan Markle, according to excerpts leaked days before its publication, accidentally advanced by a bookstore in Spain.
In a context of very strong tension within the British royal family, the youngest son of King Carlos III recounts this fight in his autobiography Spareexplained the British newspaper The Guardian.
titled “In the shadow” In Spanish, the book was due to see the light worldwide on January 10, however it was “accidentally” put up for sale on Thursday by the Spanish bookstore Casa del Libro, according to the British MailOnline, which claimed to have obtained a copy.
“We received it today. It was the only new book. There was no indication that we could not put it up for sale until a certain date, so we have put it up for sale today”, the person in charge of a bookstore of that chain in Barcelona told the newspaper.
In it, Enrique, 38, writes about a dispute in 2019 in London during which Guillermo branded the former American actress Meghan Marklewith whom his brother had married a year before, of “difficult”, “rude” and “rough”according to The Guardian.
“He grabbed me by the collar (of my shirt), ripping off my collar, and threw me to the ground. I landed on the dog’s bowl, which broke under my back, the pieces cutting me.”according to a quote from a book in English.
Enrique then asked his older brother to leave. This one, which seemed “sorry and apologized”asked that he not tell what happened, according to a dialogue between the two included in the memories.
Buckingham Palace had no comment on the matter.
– Potentially explosive revelations –
The British royal family has been preparing for months for the potentially explosive revelations contained in the memoirs of the prince who in 2020 shook the monarchy when he and Meghan announced that they were leaving their duties in it and went to live in the United States.
The publication was disrupted by the death at the beginning of September of his grandmother Isabel II, at the age of 96 and after more than seven decades of reign, which brought his father, Carlos III, 74, to the throne, who will be officially crowned in May.
After years of rumors about the tumultuous relationship between the two brothers, very close in their teens after the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997, Enrique settled accounts with Guillermo in a controversial documentary series titled “Harry & Meghan”, premiered on Netflix in December.
In it, he and Meghan Markle, 41, recounted their difficulties within the royal family and criticized the racist attacks against the exactriz, who is mixed race, and the harassment of the British tabloid press.
But Enrique also accused Guillermo’s entourage of negative media coverage against them, due, as he stated, to the fact that with their popularity they “stealed prominence” from other members of the royal family, such as his brother and his wife, Catalina, from 40 years.
Since they left for California, where the exactriz’s family and friends live, the image of the couple has plummeted in the United Kingdom, where many accuse them of being selfish and taking advantage.
In excerpts from a television interview before the book’s launch on ITV in the United Kingdom and CBS in the United States, which is scheduled to air this Sunday, Enrique assures that he wants “a family, not an institution.”
“I would like my father back. I would like my brother back“, it states.
Although they appeared together, with their respective wives, in September before the British gathered in Windsor to pay tribute to their late grandmother, it seems that the two brothers have hardly spoken since Harry and Meghan moved to the United States.
From there, they launched harsh accusations against the royal family in an explosive March 2021 interview with reality TV star Oprah Winfrey, including one of racism.
“We are not a racist family at all,” replied Guillermo angrily.