London, Jan 5 (EFE).- Britain’s Prince Harry has claimed he was physically attacked by his brother Prince William during an argument about his wife Meghan Markle in 2019, according to excerpts of his upcoming autobiography Spare published by The Guardian newspaper Thursday.
In the passage, Harry claims that the altercation took place at his then residence Nottingham Cottage, on the grounds of Kensington Palace, London.
William, now the Prince of Wales and first in line to the throne, called Markle “difficult,” “rude” and “abrasive,” Harry says in the autobiography due to be published next week.
Harry accused William of repeating the negative British tabloid press coverage of Markle, an actor from the United States who married into the royal family in 2018.
In the passage, Harry claims he tried to calm his elder brother William down and offered him a glass of water.
“He set down the water, 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,” Harry writes, according to The Guardian.
The attack left Harry with a visible injury on his back, he adds in the book.
It is one of a string of incidents detailed in an autobiography that is sure to spark fresh controversies for the British royal family.
William later returned to apologize to his brother, Harry says in Spare, set for publishing on January 10, but also ask that he not mention the incident to Markle.
Harry says he withheld the information from his wife at first — although did tell his therapist.
Markle found out when she noticed the bruises on his back.
Prince Harry and Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, stepped back from royal duties in 2020 and became financially independent.
The title of Harry’s book, Spare, plays on a saying in royal and aristocratic circles that the first son is the heir and the second the spare in case anything should happen to the first.
In excerpts from his book published by The Guardian, Harry says that his father, now King Charles III, told his mother, Princess Diana, on the day of his birth: “Wonderful! Now you’ve given me an heir and a spare – my work is done.”
Charles ascended to the throne in September 2021 following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II. EFE