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Prince Harry calls brother William ‘arch-nemesis’; complains about royal life in new memoir

Prince Harry speaks during the Closing Ceremony for the 2017 Invictus Games at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on September 30, 2017. (DoD photo by Roger L. Wollenberg)
January 06, 2023

Prince Harry refers to his brother William, the heir to the English throne, as his “beloved brother and arch-nemesis” in a new tell-all memoir set to be released next week.

Harry’s new book, “Spare,” is advertised as an autobiography of “raw, unflinching honesty” due to be released Jan. 10. His description of William as partly his “arch-nemesis” was revealed in a teaser for an interview set to air Monday on “Good Morning America.”

“Strong words,” GMA host Michael Strahan says in the yet-to-be-aired interview. “What did you mean by that?”

“There has always been this competition between us, really,” Harry replies, saying it has to do with his own status as an “heir spare.” Harry’s place behind his brother in the line of succession has long defined his public life and apparently inspired the title of his memoir.

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Harry essentially quit participating in the Royal Family in 2020, largely over alleged mistreatment of his wife Meghan Markle, an American actress now the Duchess of Sussex. The pair moved to California and recently released a Netflix mini-series detailing the so-called “Megxit.”

“Spare” includes newly revealed details about Harry and William’s relationship leading to the former’s split from royal life, according to the Guardian, which obtained a pre-release copy of the book. 

In one scene, William tells Harry that Meghan is “difficult,” “rude,” and “abrasive” in an argument that quickly becomes physical.

“He set down the water, called me another name, then came at me,” Harry reportedly wrote of William. “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.”