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Royal family's reaction to Prince Harry's shock claims in Spare revealed

Harry has alleged William physically assaulted him

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Gemma Strong
Gemma StrongOnline Digital News Director
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The British royal family is reeling following a series of shocking allegations made by Prince Harry in his autobiography, Spare.

Extracts from the book have been leaked to the Guardian ahead of its release on 10 January.

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They include an allegation that Prince William physically assaulted his brother in 2019 over his marriage to Meghan Markle.

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Harry has claimed he was left with a visible injury to his back after William grabbed him by the collar and ripped his necklace before knocking him to the floor.

To date, the family have refused to comment on Harry and Meghan's prior claims, including the statements made in their Netflix docuseries.

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Relations between the brothers are at an all-time low

And they continue to do so. Asked for a comment on the Spare extracts, Buckingham Palace refused to comment.

The altercation between Harry and William is alleged to have taken place in Harry's London home when William had wanted to discuss "the whole rolling catastrophe" of their relationship and struggles with the press.

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William and Harry are alleged to have fallen out over Meghan Markle

But when William arrived at Nottingham Cottage – where Harry was then living – in the grounds of Kensington Palace, the Prince of Wales was already "piping hot".

Harry writes: "(William) 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."

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Harry and William in happier times

Harry then states that William urged him to hit back but he refused. Shortly afterwards though, the elder brother apologised.

William had then told his brother not to tell Meghan about the confrontation, resulting in Harry saying: "You mean that you attacked me?", to which William responded: "I didn't attack you, Harold."

Harry said he did not immediately tell his wife but she had noticed "scrapes and bruises" on his back.

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