Prince Harry's (38) memoirs "Spare" (German title: "Reserve") have landed in bookstores in Spain before the planned publication on January 10th. According to media reports, the Duke of Sussex writes about his no longer particularly good relationship with his brother Prince William (40), his despair at the death of his mother Princess Diana (1961-1997) and even the loss of his virginity in a field behind you Pub. These are some revelations that were leaked:
The concept of "The heir and the spare," to which Harry's book title refers, has been followed by the royal family for centuries. The tradition is intended to ensure the succession to the throne within the family. The second-born child is considered a "reserve monarch" who must be willing to succeed to the throne if necessary until the "heir" fathers children of his own. According to media reports, the 38-year-old now writes in his book that Prince William was the heir "while I was the substitute". The expression is an "abbreviation" of his father, now King Charles III. (74), his mother Diana, his grandfather Prince Philip (1921-2021) and "even Granny" - the late Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) - the Times reports. Harry was "the shadow, the support, the plan B" and believes he was "brought into this world just in case something happens."
According to the report, Prince Harry tells in the book how, at the age of 20, he is said to have heard his father said to his mother on the day of his birth: "Wonderful! Now you have given me an heir and a surrogate - my work is done." It was probably a joke, Harry said. But minutes later, he claims, Charles reportedly "went off to meet up with his girlfriend."
Prince Harry also revealed in "Spare" according to "bbc.com" that he allegedly killed 25 Taliban fighters during his deployment in Afghanistan. "It seemed important to me not to be afraid of this number. So my number is 25. It's not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but it doesn't embarrass me either," he writes, according to the report. In the heat of the moment, he didn't see the people as "people, but as chess pieces," it said.
There has already been a lot of criticism of this royal revelation. According to the BBC, military officials say it could pose a major security risk to Harry and contribute to the radicalization of people.
Harry and William are said to have assured their father that they would not stand in the way of his relationship with now-Queen Consort Camilla, 75, but reportedly asked him not to marry her. William felt "tremendous guilt" for "the other woman" whom he "had long suspected." William was "confused," and when his suspicions were confirmed, he felt "guilty" for not having said or done anything earlier, according to excerpts from "Spare" on Page Six.
Harry likens his first encounter with Camilla Parker Bowles to a "syringe". "If you close your eyes, you won't even feel it," Harry said, according to The Sun. He consequently claims that Camilla was "bored" during their meeting, which was due to him being the "replacement" and not the more important "heir".
In his autobiography, Prince Harry describes how he was allegedly physically attacked by his brother Prince William. As the "Guardian" previously reported about the book, the incident is said to have happened in 2019. Accordingly, the brothers' dispute apparently revolved around Harry's wife, Duchess Meghan (41). The prince and the US actress got married in 2018.
According to the "Guardian", Harry writes about the confrontation that is said to have taken place in his home in London: William described Meghan as "difficult", "rude" and "rough". Harry then reportedly explains in his book that the argument escalated until William "grabbed my collar, tore my necklace and... threw me to the ground." According to Harry, this should have led to visible injuries on his back.
When his brother threw him to the ground, he landed on the dog bowl, which broke and he cut himself on the shards. "I lay there dazed for a moment, then got up and told him to go." William left, Harry said, according to the Guardian, then came back and apologized.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan stepped down as senior royals in 2020 and moved to the United States. Harry obviously hoped his family would understand this decision. According to media reports about a meeting with Charles and William at Prince Philip's funeral in spring 2021, he says: As soon as he saw Williams' "familiar dark look", he knew that a "duel" was ahead of him. Neither his father nor his brother seemed to understand why he had left. Charles reportedly said, "Please boys. Don't make my final years a misery." Showing just how far Harry appears to be from his family, he says he learned of the Queen's death from the BBC news website in September.
Prince Harry reveals the last words he whispered to his grandmother as he arrived at her deathbed hours after her death. He says he told the Queen he "hopes she'll be happy" and that she's now with Prince Philip. Harry also reportedly writes in the book that he told her he "admired her for carrying out her duties to the end," apparently referring to her attendance at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations a few weeks before her death.
The quarrels between William and his wife Princess Kate (40) on the one hand and the Sussexes on the other are said to have come to a head after Harry and Meghan's wedding in 2018. Kate, who had just given birth to her third child, was reportedly offended when Meghan described Kate's forgetfulness as hormone-induced "baby brains". When the subject was brought up, Harry reports, Meghan apologized and said this is how she would talk to friends. But William, according to Harry, "pointed the finger at Meghan" and thundered, "Well, it's rude, Meghan. Those things aren't done here," to which Meghan is said to have replied, "If you don't mind, point your finger out of my face."
Harry's decision to wear a Nazi uniform to a costume party in 2005 caused outrage around the world. According to US website Page Six, the Duke of Sussex claims in the book that he called William and Kate and asked them if he should wear a pilot's uniform or a Nazi uniform, and they said the latter. Both would have cried with laughter, he writes when he later tried on the costume for her.
In his book, Harry appears to describe the immediate aftermath of his mother's early death and his struggle to come to terms with it ever since. He remembers how Charles broke the news. His father was said to be sitting at the end of his bed at Balmoral Castle with his hand on his son's knee and telling him, "My dear son, mother has been in a car accident." According to The Sun, Harry writes that Charles didn't hug him.
Many years later, Harry says, he visited "a woman" who was said to have had special abilities and told him she was able to relay a message from Diana. This person reportedly told Harry, "You're living the life she couldn't. You're living the life she wanted for you."
Prince Harry reveals in "Spare" that King Charles allegedly used to joke about whether he was really Harry's father, according to the New York Post. "Who knows if I'm really the Prince of Wales? Who knows if I'm even your real father?" Harry puts his father's mouth in the book. "He laughed and laughed, although it was a remarkably unfunny joke considering the rumor going around at the time was that my real father was one of Mummy's former lovers: Major James Hewitt." However, Diana only got to know him long after Harry was born.
Prince Harry talks about sex and drug experiences in his autobiography. According to the Daily Mail, he lost his virginity at the age of 17 in a field behind a pub. It was an older woman he had sex with. She treated him like a "young stallion" and then sent him away with a slap on the bottom.
At the age of 17, Harry tried cocaine for the first time during a hunting weekend. "It wasn't a lot of fun and didn't make me terribly happy like everyone else seemed to, but it made me feel different and that was my main goal," he says, according to The Telegraph". He also claims to have smoked cannabis in the gardens of Kensington Palace and Eton School, and has used psychedelics for both "fun" and therapeutic purposes over the years.
Harry also revealed, according to the New York Post, that he was circumcised as a child and that his penis suffered frostbite on a trip to Antarctica just before William and Kate's 2011 wedding.