Prince Harry ‘begged Prince Charles not to marry Camilla’, new book claims

Prince Harry ‘begged Prince Charles not to marry Camilla’ and feared she would one day be his ‘wicked stepmother’, his new book claims

  • EXCLUSIVE: Prince Harry ‘begged Prince Charles not to marry Camilla’
  • Duke writes in his memoir Spare that he feared she was his ‘wicked stepmother’ 
  • The book has been released in Spain ahead of its official publication next week 

Prince Harry has claimed in his bombshell memoir that he and William ‘begged’ their father Charles not to marry Camilla after Princess Diana’s death, fearing that she would be their ‘wicked stepmother’, MailOnline can reveal today.

In his explosive autobiography, titled Spare, the Duke of Sussex alleges that he and his brother would not stand in the way of the then Prince of Wales’s relationship but had asked him not to walk down the aisle for the second time, calling Camilla the ‘Other Woman’.

Charles had tried to ‘win over the kids’ before asking the public to accept Camilla, the book claims. Harry claims that meeting her for the first time was like an ‘injection’, writing: ‘Close your eyes and you won’t even feel it.’

The Duke said: ‘I remember wondering… if she would be cruel to me; if she would be like all the evil stepmothers in the stories’. He added: ‘Willy had been suspicious of the Other Woman for a long time, which confused and tormented him; When those suspicions were confirmed, he felt agonizing remorse for not having done or said anything before’.

Harry’s book, which has been released six days early in Spain, also reveals that he calls William his ‘archenemy’ and ‘polar opposite’ before describing the moment he was told that Diana was dead, MailOnline can reveal. 

William and Harry, pictured in 2007, are said to have been opposed to Charles marrying the 'other woman' Camilla, the Duke of Sussex's new book claims

William and Harry, pictured in 2007, are said to have been opposed to Charles marrying the ‘other woman’ Camilla, the Duke of Sussex’s new book claims

Charles and Camilla married in 2005. Harry claims that William wished he had said something to prevent it

Charles and Camilla married in 2005. Harry claims that William wished he had said something to prevent it

Harry accuses his older brother of being the aggressor during Megxit, claiming their relationship has become so strained and damaged that the Prince of Wales would only ‘scowl’ at him.

Prince Harry's book Spare is seen in a bookstore in Barcelona

Prince Harry’s book Spare is seen in a bookstore in Barcelona

The Duke reveals that he held a secret meeting with William and Charles hours after the funeral of Prince Philip in April 2021 – close to the grave of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson – but said his father and brother wouldn’t listen to him and claimed not to understand why he had emigrated.

His attacks on William and Charles are revealed at the start of the Spanish version of his book ‘Spare’. There the book is called ‘En La Sombra’, which translates as ‘In the Shadow’, and begins with the dedication: ‘For Meg, Archie and Lili… and, of course, my mother’.

The book is not due out until Tuesday morning, but appears to have been published early abroad with various excerpts leaked to the left-wing press.

MailOnline can reveal that chapter one begins after Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, where he describes meeting his father and brother in the grounds of Windsor Castle, close to Frogmore Cottage, where the Sussexes stay when in the UK.

Harry, who calls his brother ‘Willy’ throughout the book, says he came to Britain to say farewell to the Duke of Edinburgh but also requested a ‘secret meeting with my older brother and my father’. He also revealed that his grandmother the Queen called him in the US to tell him: ‘Harry… grandfather has passed away’.

The prince describes waiting close to the graves of the former King Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson, who he gave up the throne for, and ponders what they would have thought about his own falling out with his family.

But Harry says as soon as he saw William and Charles enter the gardens, he said he knew they were there for a ‘duel’ rather than a reconciliation. He claims they interrupted him each time they tried to explain.

He wrote: ‘I looked at Willy, really looked at him, perhaps for the first time since we were little, taking in every detail: his familiar scowl, which had always been the norm in his dealings with me’.

He said that his brother’s baldness was ‘alarming’ and ‘advanced than mine’ and said his resemblance their their mother had ‘faded’.

Describing his brother, once his best friend, as his ‘polar opposite’, he said: ‘My dear brother, my archenemy, how did we come to this? I felt overwhelming tiredness. I wanted to go home’.

Harry then accused William and Charles of effectively gaslighting him, by denying he understood why he and Meghan had left for the US. Harry said of Frogmore Cottage: ‘Willy, this was supposed to be our house. We were going to spend the rest of our lives here’.

William replied: ‘You left, Harold’. Harry said: ‘Yeah, and you know why’, and his brother shot back – Honestly no. Harold… not really.’

Harry then turned to Charles ‘who was looking at me with an expression that said, ‘Me neither.’

He said he felt like they didn’t know him and were ‘not in a position to listen’ to him.

The latest leak comes after it was revealed that Harry accuses William of physically attacking him in the memoir's pages

The latest leak comes after it was revealed that Harry accuses William of physically attacking him in the memoir’s pages 

Prince Harry walked the Sussexes' black Labrador Pula in the pouring rain in California yesterday

Prince Harry walked the Sussexes’ black Labrador Pula in the pouring rain in California yesterday

It comes after the Duke of Sussex sparked a frenzy of controversy over sensational leaked extracts from the book in which he accuses his brother of physically attacking him.

Harry has described a stand-up argument, which he says ended with the Prince of Wales grabbing him by the collar and throwing him to the floor, shattering a dog bowl with his back. William then allegedly declared: ‘I didn’t attack you, Harold.’

In an extraordinary excerpt, leaked to the left-wing Guardian newspaper, Harry recalls what he describes as a physical attack by his sibling, which he claims left him with visible injuries, including ‘scrapes and bruises’.

In an extraordinary excerpt, leaked to the left-wing Guardian newspaper, Harry recalls what he describes as a physical attack by his sibling, which he claims left him with visible injuries, including ‘scrapes and bruises’.

The furious row allegedly broke out in the kitchen of his London home, Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace in 2019.

William is said to have branded Meghan ‘difficult’, ‘rude’ and ‘abrasive’ and insisted he was trying to ‘help’ his younger brother during a meeting about ‘the whole rolling catastrophe’ of their failing relationship and Harry’s rows with the press.

Harry accused his brother of ‘parroting the press narrative’ about his American wife before a screaming match ensued, ending in a physical altercation, the book claims.

He claims he then gave the heir to the throne a glass of water and said: ‘Willy, I can’t speak to you when you’re like this.’

Describing what he claims happened next, and insisting he was scared, the former soldier said: ‘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.’

Harry says that William had then urged him to fight back, writing that is what would happen when they scrapped as children.

But the Duke of Sussex says he refused, claiming that William left, before returning, looking ‘regretful, and apologized’.

According to Harry, William then ‘turned and called back: “You don’t need to tell Meg about this.”‘

Harry claims he said: ‘You mean that you attacked me?’ to which William is said to have replied: ‘I didn’t attack you, Harold.

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