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Prince Harry claims William 'knocked him to floor' after calling Meghan Markle 'rude and abrasive'

Harry said William 'grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and… knocked me to the ground', after which he was left with a back injury
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LONDON, UK: During a furious confrontation over his bride, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry claims his brother William grabbed him by the collar and threw him to the ground in 2019. Harry recalls what he characterizes as a physical attack by his sibling that he claims left him with scrapes and bruises in an astounding passage from his new autobiography ‘Spare’.

In a heated argument that supposedly occurred in 2019, William, who is now the Prince of Wales, reportedly called Meghan "difficult," "rude" and "abrasive." According to the book, Harry accused his brother of "parroting the press narrative about his wife before a screaming match ensued, ending in a physical altercation." The excerpt was disclosed by The Guardian. Given that the publisher, Penguin Random House, has taken extraordinary measures to prevent leaks, it is unknown how The Guardian managed to secure an early copy of the book. Sources previously claimed that only a small number of senior executives were aware of the precise details of the arrangements for Harry's “explosive” memoir's release. Harry describes William in one dramatic passage as having "grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and… knocked me to the ground." According to the Duke of Sussex, he was left with a back injury that was evident.


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Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were involved in a nasty fight regarding Meghan Markle in 2019 (Photo by Ian Vogler-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Harry claimed that the brothers had gotten together to talk about "the whole rolling catastrophe" of their relationship and issues with the media. At the time of the alleged incident in 2019, Harry was residing in the house known as Nott Cott which is located on Kensington Palace's grounds. Harry believes that William was not being reasoned when they started arguing about Meghan which resulted in a yelling confrontation. According to Harry, he accused his brother of acting like an heir by saying he couldn't understand why he wasn't content with being "the spare." Meanwhile, William assured him that he was making an effort to support him. “Are you serious? Help me? Sorry – is that what you call this? Helping me?” Harry replied as quoted by The Guardian. According to Harry, it was that remark that enraged William and caused him to stomp towards him while cursing. William followed Harry into the kitchen when he claimed to be terrified.

He asserts that after offering William a glass of water, he said: “Willy, I can't speak to you when you're like this. 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.” In reference to fights they had as children, William then instructed his brother to strike back as Harry recalls. Harry said that he declined to take action and that William left before coming back and “looking regretful.”