- Britain’s Prince Harry made the revelation in an upcoming book.
- Harry will appear in two television interviews to promote the book.
- William and Harry were once very close, but have fallen out in recent years.
Britain’s Prince Harry says in an upcoming book that his older brother and heir to the throne, Prince William, knocked him to the ground during an argument in 2019 about Harry’s wife Meghan, The Guardian reported.
The Guardian said on Wednesday it had obtained a copy of Spare’s memoir, which will be published on January 10.
Harry is due to appear in two TV interviews to promote the book, but the Guardian’s report reveals actual passages.
“He grabbed me by the collar, ripped my collar off and threw me to the floor,” Harry writes, according to The Guardian.
“I landed on the dog’s bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cut me. I stood there for a moment, dazed, then got up and told him to get out.”
William then challenged his younger brother to answer, but Harry refused. William later returned to the scene, “looking contrite and apologetic,” Harry writes, according to The Guardian.
Spokesmen for the palaces of King Charles and Prince William declined to comment on the report.
William and Harry, the sons of King Charles, were seen very close after the death of their mother, Diana, in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
But they have fallen in recent years.
Since Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal duties two years ago and moved to California, they have made stinging criticism of the British monarchy and accusations of racism, accusations the family has rejected.
According to The Guardian, the row with William arose out of the royal family’s displeasure with Meghan, Harry wrote.
Harry says William called Meghan “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive”, which he said sounded like “the press narrative” about Meghan.
Harry has made numerous public statements that both he and his wife were mistreated by the palace and its staff, and accused palace insiders of planting negative stories in the press.
The title of the book, Spare, comes from a quote often quoted in British aristocratic circles about the need for an heir and a spare.
According to The Guardian, Harry credits his father, King Charles, with telling his mother, Princess Diana, on the day he was born: “Wonderful! Now you’ve given me an heir and a replacement – my work is done.” .
The book also recounts “intensely private scenes and conversations”, The Guardian reported, including describing his memories of and love for his late mother, who died in a car crash in 1997, and grandmother Queen Elizabeth, who he died last year at the age of 96.
Harry and Meghan married in 2018. They soon distanced themselves from the rest of the royal family, announcing in 2020 that they would be “retiring” from royal duties and moving to California later that year.