Prince Harry brands Prince William his 'arch-nemesis' in new book amid rift

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Prince Harry brands Prince William his
Prince Harry brands Prince William his 'arch-nemesis' in new book amid rift

Prince Harry branded his brother Prince William his 'arch nemesis' in his explosive new memoir Spare, it was revealed today.

All eyes are firmly on The Duke of Sussex after leaked extracts from his upcoming book - where he accused Prince William of physically attacking him after they discussed Meghan Markle - were published.

In a teaser for the interview with Good Morning America, set to be broadcast on Monday, Harry, 38, discussed his fractured relationship with his sibling.

In a teaser, a presenter is heard telling Harry: "There's a quote in the book where you refer to your brother as your 'beloved brother and arch nemesis'. Strong words".

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Although Harry's response was not shown, he is seen waving his hands in an expression of emotion and nodding with a grave expression on his face.

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An extract from the book was leaked by the Guardian - before the Sun found a copy on sale in a Spanish bookstore despite the tight pre-launch security.

In it, Harry claims he was physically attacked by his brother in a row and that it was him and the Princess of Wales who encouraged him to wear a Nazi uniform to a fancy dress party in 2005, the Sun reports

Harry wrote: "William 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."

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Other revelations from the book include how the brothers' nicknames are Willy and Harold and how their father pleaded after the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral: "Please, boys. Don’t make my final years a misery.”

Harry claimed William had come to his cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace to discuss "the whole rolling catastrophe” of their relationship and struggles with the press, but was already “piping hot” when he entered.

William went on to call Meghan "difficult", "rude" and "abrasive", claims Harry - before allegedly saying he was trying to help and Harry replying: "Are you serious? Help me? Sorry – is that what you call this? Helping me?"

The duke said the comment further infuriated William who reportedly swore while stepping toward him - prompting Harry to move to the kitchen.

Prince Harry brands Prince William his 'arch-nemesis' in new book amid riftThe book is out next week (Penguin Random House)

Harry writes that he gave his brother a glass of water and said: "Willy, I can’t speak to you when you're like this."

He then claimed William called him another name before he "came at me” with it all happening "very fast" before the alleged physical confrontation.

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The duke writes that William urged him to hit back, referencing fights they had as children, but that he refused and William left before returning and apologising.

Harry writes that William told him he did not need to tell "Meg" about this and added: "I didn't attack you, Harold."

The duke says he did not tell Meghan straight away but did ring his therapist, and later admitted to his wife what happened when she saw the "scrapes and bruises".

Prince Harry brands Prince William his 'arch-nemesis' in new book amid riftIn a leaked extract from his memoir, Harry has claimed he was attacked by brother William in 2019 (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, US website Page Six said sources reveals how Harry puts some of the blame for his Nazi uniform scandal on William and Kate.

He tells how the 20-year-old phoned the couple to ask them whether he should chose a pilot's uniform or a Nazi one for the fancy dress party and William and Kate said the latter, and both howled with laughter when he and tried it on for them.

Harry, then 20, sparked outrage and was widely condemned when a photograph of him in the uniform complete with swastika ended up on the front page of a newspaper.

He admitted in his Netflix tell-all: "It was probably one of the biggest mistakes of my life.”

Amid the claims, ITV released a new trailer for Tom Bradby’s interview with the Duke, which will be broadcast on Sunday night.

Bradby challenges Harry on "invading the privacy of your most nearest and dearest without permission".

Harry replies: "That would be the accusation from people that don't understand or don't want to believe that my family have been briefing the press."

The duke is also seen saying: "I don't know how staying silent is ever going to make things better."

ITV News at Ten presenter Bradby – a friend of Harry's – says: "Wouldn't your brother say to you, 'Harry, how could you do this to me after everything? After everything we went through?' Wouldn't that be what he would say?"

Harry replies: "He would probably say all sorts of different things."

This story is based off a translated version of Prince Harry’s book Spare.

Rosaleen Fenton

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