Prince Harry slammed by ‘appalled’ royal family experts

Prince Harry was blasted by TV personalities and royal pundits today after leaked copies of his memoir revealed further attacks on the royal family.

In his controversial tell-all book Spare, which went on sale in Spain ahead of its release early next week, the Duke of Sussex dropped new “truth bombs” on his family.

These included allegations that his brother subsequently attacked him over Meghan, and claims that William and her father Charles confronted him after Prince Philip’s funeral “looking for a fight”.

The prince, who quit as working royal and moved to California with Meghan in search of more privacy, recalls family feuds and intimate conversations.

He portrays his brother as his “nemesis” and Charles as an emotionally stunted and ineffective “old man,” wrote that he feared Queen Consort Camilla would become an “evil stepmother,” and revealed as much The king still carries around his favorite teddy bear.

The late Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter called Harry’s autobiography ‘a lot of nonsense’ and ‘vicious’ – while ITV presenter Lorraine Kelly admitted her ‘toes will never be rolled up’ after the Duke revealed he’s giving up his virginity had lost a cougar in a field outside a pub when he was 17.

Harry walked his dog alone on a quiet California beach this week in a torrential rainstorm

Harry walked his dog alone on a quiet California beach this week in a torrential rainstorm

The late Queen's former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, called Harry's autobiography

BBC royal reporter Nicholas Witchell said the book does not address claims of racism in the royal family

The late Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter (left) called Harry’s autobiography “a bunch of rubbish” and “wicked”. BBC royal reporter Nicholas Witchell (right) also tore up the book

Mr Arbiter called the memoir “the gospel according to Saint Harry” and told BBC Newsnight: “Honestly. Much is questionable. We had Netflix, six hours of it. We had the interview with Oprah Winfrey, an hour long. There were many untruths in it.

“Buckingham Palace has even said that ‘memories can vary’. And I think this book, over 500 pages long, I think memories can vary in that too.’

He added: “I think it’s a lot of bullshit to be honest. Royal households do not write journos. The journalists openly admit that their lives would be much easier if Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace informed them.

“The briefing against individual members of the royal family is absolute nonsense and Harry, really, this whole exercise of his is revenge. It’s spiteful.

“And he knows full well that the rest of the family won’t come forward and act on his story. That’s the last thing they should do. They should invite silence and not let the narrative run away with itself.’

BBC royal reporter Nicholas Witchell told the broadcaster that Harry’s memoir doesn’t address sensational claims about racism in the royal family made in his and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

He said: “There are, after all, no, so to speak, irretrievable lines that we are aware of in relation to racially inappropriate language or behaviour. Think back to the Oprah Winfrey interview, that was the big issue that came up there. I am not aware that this has been continued in this book.’

Expert Richard Fitzwilliams called the claims in Harry’s book “terrible” and “fantastic”.

And former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown, a biographer of Princess Diana, said: “Harry turned into a human hand grenade. It rains upon the House of Windsor at the very beginning of his father’s reign.’ Royal expert Jack Royston said: “William will be furious and I can’t imagine that after everything that has been said, William would want Harry at the coronation.

“I think it’s a decision that will be made together after discussion. Charles is obviously the king and the Prince of Wales does not trump the king. But William is Charles’ son, Charles and Camilla are both mentioned too, I think the three of them will discuss that together and probably Kate too. William’s voice counts in this conversation, it doesn’t trump the king, but his voice counts.

“It would have to go a long way because public opinion is so slow to falter and we’ve seen that every time they choose the royals, every time they attack them, their reputation in the UK gets damaged.”

Meanwhile, Ms Kelly said today: “If she [the royals] failing to heal this, their children will have no family on their father’s side and very few on their mother’s side. I find it very sad.”

In other amazing revelations, Harry:

  • Admits he lied about using cocaine as a teenager and recounts how he smoked joints in a bathroom in Eton;
  • claims he killed 25 Taliban insurgents while on military service in Afghanistan;
  • Discusses rumors that James Hewitt is his real father;
  • Describes in stunning detail how he lost his virginity to an older woman who liked ‘do-it-yourselfers’ and treated him ‘like a young stud’ in a field behind a pub;
  • Describes breaking up with William when Meghan said Kate “has baby brains because of her hormones”.

Spare was due to be released Tuesday amid a major classified operation by its publisher, Penguin Random House. But in a most embarrassing blunder, copies went on sale in bookshops across Spain yesterday, despite the boxes saying “not to be opened until January 10”.

Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace declined to comment.

A source who knew Elizabeth II well said last night that they felt “almost comforted” that she was not alive to see what her grandson had done.

“Her Majesty would have been devastated,” they said. Harry’s much-anticipated memoir is even more explosive than Buckingham Palace insiders feared.

He admitted he used cocaine regularly when he was 17 and boasted about getting the palace to lie to a journalist about it.

The prince also claimed he was innocent of accusations of racism when he was caught on video using the word “P***” to describe a fellow Asian Sandhurst cadet, saying he was unaware it was about an insult, and thought it was good to call an American a “Yankee”.

But it’s his discussion of relationships with family members that is most damaging. The book covers every aspect of his life, tracing the breakup with his older sibling – whom he calls “Willy” – that began from the moment Charles was born, when Charles reportedly declared his duty done.

He accused William, 40, of dodging his position as the future heir to the throne, claiming he ignored him when they were pupils at Eton College and said he had repeatedly put him in his place.

In one paragraph, Harry, affectionately known as “Harold” by his family, described himself as feeling like he was born to be the “spare kidney” for his older brother.

Harry also accused William of being the attacker during the “Megxit,” claiming their relationship had become so strained and damaged that his siblings would just “scowl” at him. Describing several particularly awkward meetings between himself, Meghan, William and Kate, he said his brother and sister-in-law felt uncomfortable being hugged by his wife-to-be.

He also appeared to accuse the Princess of Wales of overreacting by demanding an apology from Meghan after she fell out with Kate over wedding plans.

Kate was apparently offended that Meghan attributed forgetfulness to ‘baby brains’ after the birth of Prince Louis.

Harry also revealed that the two couples even rowed over seating charts and whether William and Kate should be brought together.

He says when William confronted Meghan and defended his wife, Meghan snapped at the prince, “Get your finger off my face.” While Charles is spared more pain than many expected, Harry recalled that his father couldn’t even hug him when he told him about his mother’s death in a car accident.

He said that when he confided in Charles that he suffered from panic attacks as a grown man, the prince looked down at his plate sadly and said he had let him down.

In passages surely disturbing for the king, however, Harry described how, when a visibly distraught Charles returned to the UK to attend Prince Philip’s funeral in 2021, he accused his bickering sons of not letting his “final years lead to any misery”. do. .

Harry claimed that he and William had an explosive argument over Meghan that resulted in his brother grabbing his collar, breaking his necklace and throwing him to the ground, breaking himself on a dog bowl and injuring himself. After that, he initially didn’t call his wife, but his therapist, he said.

And William, he claimed, was his “nemesis” and “the polar opposite.”

As for the Queen Consort, who gets off relatively lightly in the book, Harry said he and William begged their father not to marry the “other woman” for fear she would be their “wicked stepmother,” but added, that they eventually tolerated her.

However, the fifth in line to the throne accused Camilla of leaking stories about him through a palace spin doctor.

The loss of his mother, Princess Diana, is also a central theme of the memoirs, which Harry keeps coming back to.

He dedicated the book to her, Meghan and their two children.

He keeps dreaming that his mother could come back, and once reached out to a woman with “powers” who brought him a message from Diana saying he was “living the life she couldn’t.”

The prince also wrote about having his first cocktail with the Queen Mother and teaching her to make an impression on TV character Ali G.

In interviews set up to promote the memoir — more trailers of which have also been released — an emotional Harry refuses to say if he will attend his father’s coronation this spring, but denies going into William’s privacy and Charles by revealing intimate details in his book.

Harry cheered on the royals saying “the ball is theirs” to resolve the fallout if he is to attend the May 6 event. Prince Harry slammed by ‘appalled’ royal family experts

Bradford Betz

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