After relaying the startling revelations contained in the memoirs of the Duke of Sussex, the British media accused the latter of wanting to “destroy” his clan.
sex, drugs, brawl with Prince William… Four months before the coronation of King Charles III, the prince harry cracked shattering revelations in his memoirs The Alternate , the content of which was leaked to the press before their official release, scheduled for Tuesday, January 10. The book was indeed put on sale by mistake for a few hours, Thursday, January 5, in Spain. The next day, the tabloids, which relayed the multiple confidences of the Duke of Sussex, accused him of wanting to destroy the British royal family.
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A “brutal mission”
If the Windsors have not, for the moment, commented on the remarks of the Duke of Sussex, the British media are, for their part, given to heart joy. “No one is spared in Harry’s brutal mission to tear down the family“, thus titled the DailyMirror. The Sun accuses, meanwhile, the prince exiled in California of having “betrayed his own family for millions of dollars”. the DailyMail for his part considered that the 30-year-old had chosen to “spit as much poison as possible” in his work.
The ‘unflattering’ portrait of Prince William
It is undoubtedly to prince William that the duke of Sussex has reserved his strongest attacks. Prince Harry thus described the heir to the throne as a “sworn enemy”. He accuses his older brother of ‘throwing him to the ground’ during a 2019 row over Meghan Markle, whom the duke married the year before. He also evokes this violent altercation in an interview which will be broadcast on Sunday January 8 on the ITV channel, and in which he assures that Prince William, furious, wanted him to hit him in turn. He later apologized.
For royal family expert Richard Fitzwilliams, “the worst part” in the book is “the way William is portrayed”. According to him, Prince Harry presents his brother here as “someone who betrayed his trust (…) Someone who really attacked him”. “It’s not a very flattering portrait for a future king,” adds the specialist. In his memoirs, Prince Harry also explains that he opposed with William the remarriage of their father with Camilla, now queen consort, fearing that she would become an “ugly mother-in-law”.
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According to The Telegraph, he also criticizes his father for having hinted that the Sussexes “cost him too much money”, accusing him of wanting to keep Meghan Markle away who risked overshadowing him and “dominating the monarchy”. In The Alternate, Prince Harry indeed shows himself without a filter. He confesses to having taken cocaine, having killed 25 Taliban during his missions in Afghanistan, describes the way in which he lost his virginity, and recounts having consulted a woman who would have allowed him to enter into spiritual contact with his mother Diana, died in 1997 in a car accident in Paris.
An unprecedented situation
“I don’t think we’ve ever seen a situation like this, where a member of the royal family attacks the institution in the most public way possible,” said Craig Prescott, a constitutional expert at the university. Bangor in Wales. A conflict that could well lead the British to question the monarchy, according to the specialist. “If this goes on for any significant period of time – it’s been going on for a year or two already – people might well start thinking, should we start thinking about the monarchy in a different way? Is reform necessary?” he continued.
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The coronation of King Charles III
Despite everything that is written in the book, Prince Harry reaffirms in his interview with ITV that he wants to “reconcile” with his family. But wants to point out the responsibilities of each in this estrangement. Already, in the docu-series Harry & Meghan, broadcast on Netflix in December, the 38-year-old prince explained that he wanted to give his version of “Megxit”, which occurred in 2020. So far, Buckingham Palace has not reacted. The Sun cites sources close to King Charles III and Prince William who are said to be saddened by the claims in the book.
For expert Richard Fitzwilliams, “the Sussexes have all the cards in hand, because the palace cannot easily retaliate”. This book “is so destructive as the coronation draws near,” he laments. Until recently, many thought Harry might be present alongside his family for this historic event. This no longer seems to be an option. Asked Friday morning, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak explained that it was “not appropriate” for him “to comment on matters relating to the royal family”.