During a 2019 row at Nottingham Cottage, the Kensington Palace home of Harry and Meghan, he alleges William called Meghan “rude”, “difficult” and “abrasive” and claimed she had “alienated the half of the staff. Harry, in turn, accused his brother of repeating the prevailing media narrative about his wife.
William “seemed aggrieved”, writes Harry. “He seemed set on the fact that I was not obediently obeying him, that I was so impertinent as to deny him, or challenge him, to refute his knowledge, which came from his trusted aides. There was a script here and I had the audacity not to follow him in. He was in full Heir mode, and didn’t understand why I wasn’t dutifully playing the role of Spare.
His brother had also been “really hot”, Harry continues, and the two ended up yelling at each other. Harry describes giving William a glass of water, which his brother put down, after which he “called me another name and then came up to me. It all happened so fast. So very fast.”
Harry alleges: “He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my collar, and he threw me to the ground. I landed on the dog’s bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me. I stood there for a while, dazed, then I got up and told him to get out.”
William encouraged him to fight back, and when he refused, William seemed full of regret and apologized, Spare keep on going. As he was leaving, William turned around and said, “‘You don’t need to tell Meg about this.'”
“‘You mean you attacked me?'” Harry remembers saying, to which William reportedly replied, “I didn’t attack you, Harold.”
Harry writes that the first call he made afterwards was to his therapist and, although he didn’t immediately tell Meghan about it, she noticed the cuts on his back and “was terribly sad”. Shortly after, it was announced that the Cambridges and Sussexes would no longer share an office.
Kensington Palace declined to comment on Harry’s accusation.