The memoir marks the newest installment from a pair who left royal service to stay their very own greatest, financially impartial lives in California, principally by telling tales of their estrangement from their households and the palace.
Many Brits declare they’ve already heard sufficient, thanks very a lot, from Harry and Meghan. However presales have put Harry’s guide, scheduled for an official launch Tuesday, on the prime of Amazon’s greatest sellers. The Harry-hating tabloids listed here are going nuts on the story, and social media in Britain is full of dueling hashtags on the professionals and cons concerning the couple.
Prince Harry memoir describes assault by brother
Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace proceed to say no to touch upon any of it.
Harry killed 25 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan
The prince says that he killed 25 members of the Taliban throughout his two excursions serving the British military in Afghanistan. “When I found myself plunged in the heat and confusion of combat I didn’t think of those 25 as people. They were chess pieces removed from the board. Bad people eliminated before they could kill good people,” he writes, in line with the BBC account.
Harry served 5 months as a ahead air controller and Apache helicopter pilot. Ministry of Defence wouldn’t affirm the specifics of his account, saying: “We do not comment on operational details for security reasons.” Former British navy officers have informed the press that boasting of kills will not be good, and will expose the prince and his household to heightened safety threats.
William and Kate inspired his Nazi costume
Harry claims he was deciding between going as a pilot or Nazi to a “Natives and Colonials” themed get together in 2005, and he requested his brother and future sister-in-law to assist him resolve. “I phoned Willy and Kate, asked what they thought. Nazi uniform, they said,” in line with Harry, who writes they laughed after they noticed him dressed up.
The tabloid images of him in that costume had been one of many royal household’s greatest Harry complications — not less than earlier than he stop his royal function and decamped to California. In earlier interviews, Harry has mentioned that call, when he was 20, was one thing he would at all times remorse.
Harry sought a psychic to speak along with his lifeless mom
Harry writes about utilizing a psychic a lady who claimed to have “powers” to speak along with his mom, the late Princess Diana. She informed him Diana “was happy he was living the life she never could,” in line with the BBC.
His Eton days included medication and intercourse
Harry confesses that within the years he attended Eton School, England’s most elite boarding faculty, he smoked marijuana and snorted cocaine, beginning on the age of 17. That revelation has principally gotten a yawn in Britain, the place few believed Buckingham Palace’s earlier denials about Harry’s drug use.
Attracting extra consideration is the story of his lack of virginity. It was “a humiliating episode with an older woman who liked macho horses and who treated me like a young stallion,” the prince writes. “One of my many mistakes was letting it happen in a field, just behind a very busy pub.”
He resisted his father’s marriage to Camilla
Harry writes, according to the Sun, that he and his brother William begged their father Charles not to wed his longtime partner, Camilla. The prince recalls fears that she would become a “wicked stepmother” and be unfairly compared to Diana.
When he aired any objections is unclear. Charles and Camilla, now king and queen consort, married in 2005.
Bridesmaid dresses and Easter gifts fed Meghan-Kate tensions
The Mail Online headline on Friday focused on the saga between Harry and William’s wives: “What’s REALLY behind Meghan and Kate’s long-standing feud: Harry’s memoir claims fallings out over bridesmaids dresses, Easter gifts and lip gloss drove them apart (but ‘recollections may vary’).”
The British tabloids have been fairly obsessed with this storyline, including who made whom cry first, Meghan or Catherine.
Harry and William got into a physical fight over Meghan
In a passage leaked earlier this week to the Guardian, Harry writes that his older brother physically attacked him in a kitchen confrontation in 2019, after William called Harry’s wife, Meghan, “difficult,” “rude” and “abrasive.”
During their fight, Harry writes, his older brother “grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor,” according to the Guardian. Harry says he landed on a dog bowl, which left him bruised, and that his brother egged him to hit back, but he didn’t.
Prince Harry memoir describes assault by brother
Who commented on his baby’s skin color remains a mystery
None of the accounts of the book so far reveal the answer to an outstanding question: Who in the family raised questions about what Harry and Meghan’s biracial baby would look like when he was born. That story was one of the headlines from Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021. They declined at the time to say who prompted that conversation — only that it wasn’t Queen Elizabeth or her husband, Prince Philip. And he may not be willing to go further than that in the book, either.
But Harry will also be making the interview rounds this week, plugging the book. Does he have anything left to reveal?
The prince is sad that he has lost touch with his father and brother, and that we wants “a family” and “not an institution.” In an ITV teaser, Harry talks about wanting “reconciliation” with his father and brother, but says, “first, there must be some accountability.”
In one other clip from an interview with Anderson Cooper, airing Sunday, Harry admits he was “probably bigoted” earlier than he started relationship Meghan, that he was “incredibly naive” about how the British tabloids would spin the connection, and that the “the race element” to the couple’s relationship had been “jumped on straight away.”