Prince Harry claims his brother Prince William wanted the Duke to ‘hit him back’ in an explosive fight with Meghan Markle.
The Duke of Sussex has opened up about the 2019 incident for the first time since it was described in his memoir, ‘Spare’, in a new clip from his upcoming ITV interview with Tom Bradby.
In the candid conversation, which aired on Sunday, the 38-year-old claimed that William, 40, “wanted [Harry] to retaliate…” after allegedly assaulting him.
“I chose not to,” Harry said in Friday’s preview. “What was different here was the level of frustration. I’m talking about the red haze that I had for so many years, and I saw that red haze in him.
This phrase is defined as “extreme anger that temporarily clouds one’s judgment”.
The former military pilot made headlines on Wednesday when excerpts from his book were leaked detailing an alleged physical altercation with William.
Harry has accused his older brother of calling his 41-year-old wife ‘tough’, ‘rude’ and ‘abrasive’ during an argument at Nottingham Cottage, claiming the Prince of Wales then attacked him.
Harry remembered coming across a dog bowl that had cracked under his back. He alleged that he was left with a visible injury.
Buckingham Palace told Page Six that he would not comment on any allegations in his book.
Harry’s upcoming memoirs also feature digs at King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla and Kate Middleton.
However, Harry told Bradby that he ultimately wanted “reconciliation” with his family members.
“First of all, there has to be some responsibility,” the duke said. “The truth, supposedly, at the moment is that there’s only one side to the story, isn’t there? But the [are] two versions of each story.
When asked in a preview published on Thursday if he was planning to attend his father’s coronation in May, Harry declined to commit to Charles’ coronation.
He explained: “The ball is in their court. There’s a lot to discuss and I really hope they’re willing to sit down and talk about it.
Harry and Markle stepped down from their royal roles in 2021, a year after moving to the United States. They currently live in California with their son Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibet, 1.
“Spare” hits US libraries on January 10.