Prince Harry recounts cocaine use, deaths in Afghanistan and a fight with his brother in his memoirs

January 5, 2023, 1:54 PM

January 5, 2023, 1:54 PM

In his long-awaited book of memoirs, prince henry He tells that he was attacked by his brother William – heir to the British throne – during an argument, that he used cocaine at the age of 17 and killed 25 people during his military missions in Afghanistan.

Entitled “Spare” (“In the shadow” in Spanish)the autobiography will be released worldwide on January 10, in a context of strong tension within the British royal family.

However, some media such as the leftist daily British The Guardian had access to it in advance.

And others procured it by taking advantage of the fact that for a few hours it was accidentally put up for sale on Thursday morning. Spanish bookstore Casa del Librowho quickly withdrew the book after realizing the mistake.

In it, Enrique, 38, recounts a dispute in 2019 in London during which Guillermo called the former American actress Meghan Markle, whom he had married a year earlier, as “difficult”. “rude” and “rough”.

“He grabbed me by the collar (of his shirt), ripping off my collar, and threw me to the ground. I landed on the dog’s bowl, which broke under my back, the pieces cutting me,” he explains.

Later, he was “remorseful and apologized“, he acknowledges according to The Guardian.

The prince also admits that At the age of 17, he used cocaine.

“At someone’s house, during a hunting weekend, they offered me a ray, and since then I have eaten a few more,” he explains according to Sky News. “It wasn’t very funny (…) but it made me feel different,” the channel’s website cites, which also echoes how Enrique lost his virginity in “a humiliating episode with a lady woman” who treated him like a “young stallion”.

The prince likewise acknowledges, without “fear of that number”, who killed 25 “Taliban” when deployed as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, viewing his targets as “chess pieces”, according to the Daily Telegraph.

And even that now King Charles III made “sadistic” jokes about Harry’s “real” father, who grew up amid rumors of his resemblance to the older James Hewitt, lover of his mother Princess Diana, according to Page Six.

– Air out the “dirty clothes” –

Buckingham Palace had no comment.

The British royal family had been preparing for months for the potentially explosive revelations in the prince’s memoirs that in 2020 shook the monarchy when he and Meghan left the institution.

The publication was disrupted by the death in September of her grandmother Elizabeth II, at 96, who brought her 74-year-old father to the throne, who will be officially crowned in May.

After years of rumors about the tumultuous relationship between Enrique and Guillermo, very close in their teens due to the death of their mother in 1997, the lesser of the princes had already attacked the older one in a controversial documentary series released by Netflix in December.

In it, he and Meghan, 41,They recounted their difficulties within the royal family and criticized the racist attacks against the exactriz, who is mixed-race, and the harassment of the British tabloid press.

But Enrique also accused those around his brother of the negative media coverage against them, due, as he stated, to the fact that they “stealed prominence” from other members of the royal family.

Since moving to the United States, the couple’s image has plummeted in the UK, where many accuse them of being selfish and free-riding.

“I’m tired of all this, of hearing about the problems in your family when we all have them,” Catherine Doherty, a 63-year-old secretary, told AFP on the streets of London. For his part, Jacob Morton, a 25-year-old hotel employee, considered it “very strange that he is airing all these dirty clothes.”

In excerpts from a television interview before the launch of the book, which is scheduled to be released this Sunday, Enrique assures that he wants “a family, not an institution.”

“I would like my father back. I would like to get my brother back,” he says.

Although they appeared together, with their respective wives, in Windsor in September after the death of their grandmother, the two brothers have hardly spoken since Harry and Meghan left for California.

From there, they launched harsh accusations against the royal family in an explosive 2021 interview with reality TV star Oprah Winfrey, including one of racism.