Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales decided not to read Prince Harry's controversial memoir, Spare, as they felt the fiery-haired prince had caused "so much pain" already. The revelation is shared by senior staff to the future king and queen to author Robert Hardman for his new book, Charles III: New King. New Court. The Inside Story.
Hardman further states how the Prince of Wales refrained from reading the tell-all but did download the BBC app on his phone to receive updates about extracts from the tome in January 2023. The monarch-in-waiting and his future consort were said to be "mortified" by what they saw. The "casual betrayal of fraternal secrets" hurt the heir to the throne, which soon turned to "outrage" once his younger brother's accusations got more personal and "outrageous."
No member of the British royal family has ever publicly commented on the book, but multiple senior monarchy members vented to their trusted staff just what they thought about the Montecito Duke.
A royal source spilled to Hardman: "Charles is distraught. He’s angry and outraged that Harry’s aired so many embarrassing and damaging assertions, and it’s put him in a terrible position with Camilla, of course, now that she’s been dragged into the equation."
The royal author also shared how both the new King and new heir to the Crown chose to ignore and dine away from Harry on the night Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022. This was in an apparent need to have "vital but discreet discussions," with the assumption being that neither trusted having any discussions about the change of reign with the "traitor in their ranks."
But it is the future king and queen who have reportedly had the hardest time of all the senior royals when it comes to addressing Harry and Meghan's accusations. This is apparently due to so much of the Sussex tell-all's focusing on the heir to the throne and his consort and largely sparing King Charles III and other major members of the monarchy.
In the book, the Duke of Sussex frequently made fun of William's "balding head," which led him to "lose his good looks" in recent years. He also accused his older brother of never liking the Duchess of Sussex and never doing anything to defend him or her when it came to toxic press coverage about them.
He also accused the Prince of Wales of physical assault during a heated 2019 argument over Meghan. Harry claims William threw him to the ground in a fit of rage, which caused his back to land on and break a dog's water bowl on the floor. He further stated how his brother and Kate encouraged him to wear the infamous Nazi uniform to a 2005 costume party, which caused a worldwide scandal and cemented his "bad boy" reputation.
GBN reported on Hardman's book.