Namita Singh,Emily Atkinson and Andy Gregory
Sun, 8 January 2023 at 11:27 am GMT
Prince Harry reportedly claims in his new book that his brother William “lunged” at him during peace talks with their father after Prince Philip’s funeral, during a row about he and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The heir to the throne was “really steaming” and shouted at Harry: “You never came to us. You never came to me”, telling him to take up “with Granny” any grievances he had about the “Megxit” agreement, the Duke of Sussex reportedly writes.
Harry claims William then “lunged” and grabbed his shirt, saying “Listen to me, Harold”, and that he loved him and wanted him to be happy, adding: “I swear, I swear on Mummy’s life.”
Meanwhile, a close confidante of William said he is “burning” with anger over claims made by his brother but would “never retaliate” and had kept quiet “for the good of his family and the country”.
“William is a sitting duck because Harry knows he isn’t going to retaliate. How many shots can you take at a sitting duck?” the source told the Sunday Times.
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Prince Harry claims William ‘lunged at him and used secret Diana code phrase’ after Oprah interview
11:13 , Andy Gregory
Prince Harry has reportedly claimed that his brother William “lunged” at him and “grabbed my shirt” during a confrontation over his and wife Meghan Markle’s Oprah Winfrey interview.
During peace talks with King Charles, which allegedly occurred at Frogmore Cottage after Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, Harry writes in his memoir that he was trying to address the bullying allegations against Meghan Markle but that his brother and father “weren’t listening”, The Sun reported.
William was allegedly “really steaming” and shouted at him: “You never came to us. You never came to me”, telling him to take up “with Granny” any grievances he had about the “Megxit” agreement.
Harry reportedly claims William “lunged” and grabbed his shirt, saying “Listen to me, Harold”, and that he loved him and wanted him to be happy, adding: “I swear, I swear on Mummy’s life.”
Harry wrote: “He stopped. I stopped. Pa stopped. He’d gone there. He’d used the secret code, the universal password. Ever since we were boys those three words were to be used only in times of extreme crisis.”
Harry added: “My voice broke as I told him softly: I really don’t think you do.”
Prince William called Meghan Markle ‘rude’ during reconciliation attempt over tea and biscuits
10:31 , Andy Gregory
Prince Harry’s memoir reportedly confirms that there had been several rows with William and Kate Middleton in 2018 – the year that Vanity Fair first asserted that there was tension between the siblings.
A reconciliation was attempted, after the alleged row between Meghan Markle and Kate during a bridesmaid dress fitting, according to the book – but this too descended into chaos.
Kate and William invited Harry and Meghan over to their flat in Kensington Palace for tea and biscuits to “relax the atmosphere” between the couples. But the conflict escalated, culminating in William calling Meghan “rude” and pointing a finger at her. Meghan told William: “If you don’t mind, keep your finger out of my face,” according to the book.
Harry and Meghan moved away soon after, first to Frogmore Cottage in 2019, to Vancouver in early 2020, and then to Los Angeles in March 2020.
Charles biographer ‘perplexed’ by Prince Harry’s decision to publish memoir
09:42 , Andy Gregory
Broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby, who has written a biography of King Charles, reportedly his friend of 30 years, has said he was “perplexed” by Harry‘s decision to publish a book.
“I genuinely can’t believe it is merely to make a great deal of money because of the perfectly natural urge to want to protect his family, his wife and his children in a very uncertain future,” said Mr Dimbleby, who interviewed Charles in 1994 when the royal admitted having an affair.
“I think there is much more to that, but if he wants reconciliation, I don’t understand how you do it by, as it were, metaphorically, sitting in your Apache and firing pot shots at people who are not going to fire back, as he must very well know.”