Andy Gregory and Eleanor Noyce
Thu, 5 January 2023 at 5:08 pm GMT
Prince Harry has admitted doing cocaine and says a woman “with powers” passed on a message from his dead mother.
They are just a few of the dramatic claims in his autobiography Spare, which has been leaked ahead of its official release next week.
Harry describes Prince William as his “archnemesis”, and claims his older brother and Princess Kate encouraged him to dress up as a Nazi soldier – an incident he has called “one of the biggest mistakes in my life”.
In another explosive allegation, Harry claims his brother physically attacked him during an argument in 2019 over the Duke of Sussex’s marriage to Meghan Markle, who William allegedly called “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive”.
Harry is quoted as saying: “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.”
The palace has declined to comment on the many allegations.
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Meghan apologised to Kate over ‘baby brain’ comment in run-up to Sussexes wedding
17:50 , Eleanor Noyce
The Duchess of Sussex upset Kate, now Princess of Wales, by remarking that she must have “baby brain” in the run-up to the Royal Wedding in 2019. Harry writes that Meghan apologised, his upcoming memoir, Spare, details.
The Duke of Sussex states that Meghan made the comment during a phone call concerning wedding rehearsals, according to The Sun’s translation of a leaked Spanish copy of the book.
Kate had recently given birth to Prince Louis, suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition caused by hormone imbalance, during all three of her pregnancies.
Harry claims that during this altercation Kate admitted to making Meghan cry. According to the memoir, Meghan apologised to Kate, stating that this is how she speaks to her friends.
Prince William, now the Prince of Wales, then “pointed a finger” at Meghan, saying: “Well, it’s rude, Meghan. These things are not done here.”
Chelsea Ritschel has more:
Harry writes of losing his virginity to an unnamed older woman behind a ‘very busy pub’
17:40 , Eleanor Noyce
In his upcoming memoir, Spare, The Duke of Sussex has opened up about losing his virginity to an older woman.
According to the Daily Mail, he claims that it took place behind a “very busy pub” and that the woman treated him like a “young stallion.”
Harry writes that one of the Royal Family’s bodyguards Marko paid him a visit when he was a pupil at Eton College in Windsor. He told him that he had been sent to “find out the truth.”
“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”, Harry details.
“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.”
In an interview with The Times in December, actor and model Liz Hurley denied circulating rumours that she had taken Harry’s virginity. “Not me. Not guilty. Ha!”, she remarked.
Willy and Harold and the cursed dog bowl: How a sibling scrap threatens to topple the royal family
17:30 , Eleanor Noyce
“I landed on the dog’s bowl. Pieces cut into me”. That particular detail in Harry’s account of his scrap with his elder brother struck a rather tragi-comic note of bathos.
It also gave the story the ring of truth, especially as we hear rumours that Prince William has a bit of a temper on him, rather surprising given his serene, slightly self-effacing public persona. He is alleged to have laid into Meghan verbally – “difficult”, “rude”, “abrasive” and then it is claimed that he physically laid into his younger brother. It conjures up quite a disturbing image, this princely fracas, and is made all the more poignant as Harry uses their pet names: “Willy” and “Harold”.
Sean O’Grady has more:
‘It never needed to be this way’: Everything Harry has said about the royal family in memoir interviews
17:20 , Eleanor Noyce
Ghostwritten by Pulitzer Prize winner JR Moehringer, the “personal and emotional” book reportedly includes claims that Prince William physically attacked Harry at his London home during an argument about the Duchess of Sussex in 2019.
Harry also reportedly writes that King Charles asked his sons not to “make my final years a misery” during a conversation that took place after Prince Philip’s funeral in March 2021.
The Windsors? More like The Jeremy Kyle Show
17:10 , Eleanor Noyce
Who’d have thought The Windsors would become an aristocratic version of The Jeremy Kyle Show?
Well, anyone, to be honest; the crown’s been slipping for years already. Long before Harry started snitching on his big brother, the royal family’s public exposés, scandals, betrayals, disclosures and petty humiliations have turned the conditions that created the late Queen’s infamous “annus horrriblis” of 1992 into business as usual.
Katie Edwards writes:
Prince Harry admits doing cocaine as teenager ‘to feel different’
17:03 , Eleanor Noyce
Prince Harry has admitted taking cocaine when he was 17 years-old.
In his new autobiography Spare, the Duke of Sussex explained that he took the illegal drug ‘to feel different’.
“Of course I had been taking cocaine at that time,” Sky News quotes from the leaked book. “At someone’s house, during a hunting weekend, I was offered a line, and since then I had consumed some more.
“It wasn’t very fun, and it didn’t make me feel especially happy as seemed to happen to others, but it did make me feel different, and that was my main objective. To feel. To be different.
“I was a seventeen-year-old willing to try almost anything that would alter the pre-established order.”
Prince Harry’s memoir Spare accidentally goes on sale in Spain days before release
16:10 , Andy Gregory
Prince Harry‘s highly anticipated memoir Spare has accidentally gone on sale in Spain, days before the official publication date on 10 January, my colleague Thomas Kingsley reports.
The memoir, titled En La Sombra in Spanish, translates to “In the Shadow”, and has “Príncipe Harry” at the top of the cover with his close-up shot on the front.
One Spanish shopper bought two hardback copies of the book from the shelves, for a total of around £20, The Sun reported.
Images published by The Sun show the book open on a page bearing a black-and-white photo of the Duke as a young boy with his mother, Princess Diana, alongside the words “Primera parte – Desde la noche que me envuelve”, or “Part one – Since the night that surrounds me”.
Prince Harry says he killed 25 people in Afghanistan during tour of duty
15:39 , Andy Gregory
Prince Harry has reportedly claimed in his forthcoming autobiography that he killed 25 people when he was an Apache helicopter pilot during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, writes my colleague Jane Dalton.
He flew on six missions that resulted in “the taking of human lives”, something of which he is neither proud nor ashamed, The Telegraph reported.
In the heat of combat, the prince did not think of the 25 as “people” but instead as “chess pieces” that had been taken off the board.