Prince Harry’s memoirs: the best conclusions

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Drug abuse: ‘I didn’t enjoy it’

British tabloids often reported on Harry’s party lifestyle in his youth, but in ‘Spare’ he admits to using illegal drugs.

“Of course I had been taking cocaine at the time. At someone’s house, during a hunting weekend, they offered me a line, and since then I had consumed a little more, ”she writes.

«It wasn’t a lot of fun, and it didn’t make me feel especially happy like others seemed to, but it did make me feel different, and that was my main goal. To feel. To be different.»

Harry goes so far as to say that his drug use was an attempt to shake up the royal family. «I was a seventeen-year-old willing to try almost anything that would upset the established order,» he said. «At least, that’s what I was trying to convince myself of.»

The brothers ‘begged’ Charles not to marry Camilla

Harry writes about his father’s grief at marrying Camilla Parker Bowles, following his messy divorce from his mother, Princess Diana.

«Despite Willy and I begging him not to, my father went ahead with his plan. We shook his hand and wished him all the best with no hard feelings,» she wrote.

«We recognized that he was going to be with the woman he always loved, the woman that fate had in store for him from the beginning.»

death toll in afghanistan

In comments that have already sparked outrage at home and abroad, Harry writes in detail about his tour of Afghanistan, where he flew Apache helicopters in the southern province of Helmand as part of the British Army Air Corps.

He killed 25 enemies, he writes. “It wasn’t something that filled me with satisfaction, but it wasn’t ashamed either,” he says in the book.

“Most soldiers don’t know exactly how many kills they have to their credit. In battle conditions, you often fire indiscriminately. However, in the age of Apaches and laptops, everything I did over the course of two tours of duty was recorded and time-stamped,” Harry writes.

His candor in detailing his military experience drew criticism from some in the British media, while others, including top Taliban leaders, also criticized Harry’s description of the fighters he killed as «chess pieces removed from the board».

William allegedly physically attacked him

One section that has made headlines around the world focuses on a meeting between the brothers at Harry and Meghan’s former home on the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, in 2019.

There, Harry writes, William complained about Meghan, calling her «difficult», «rude» and «abrasive».

The confrontation then escalated, the book recounts, with William finally grabbing Harry by the neck and ripping him open before throwing him to the ground.

“I landed in the dog bowl, which split under my back, the pieces cut me. I just stood there for a moment, stunned,» Harry writes. Harry says that he then told his brother to get off him, which he did after initially urging Harry to hit him back.

William then returned and apologized, Harry writes in the explosive section that was first reported by The Guardian newspaper, though William suggested that Harry not tell Meghan about the alleged altercation, according to news outlets.

“’You mean you attacked me?’ Harry writes that he responded, according to the media. “’I didn’t attack you, Harold,’” she says William reportedly called her back.

Harry also refers to his brother in the book as his «arch-nemesis,» according to a clip from a pre-recorded interview he did with ABC’s «Good Morning America.»

The fight between Kate and Meghan

Harry writes that William’s wife Kate, now Princess of Wales, demanded an apology after Meghan suggested she had forgotten something because she suffered from «baby brain».

The disagreement came at a planned reconciliation tea at Kensington Palace in June 2018, Harry writes. But despite the pacification plan, sparks flew when the discussion turned to post-pregnancy hormones, she adds.

According to the book, Kate told Meghan: «You talked about my hormones. We’re not close enough for you to talk about my hormones!»

According to Harry, Meghan remembered the conversation but was puzzled by Kate’s reaction. He goes on to suggest that William then singled out Meghan and said her «rude» comment was not the way things were done in Britain.

Meghan apparently told William to «get your finger out of my face.»

Encouragement for the Nazi uniform

A photo of Harry dressed as a Nazi officer at a party caused outrage when it graced the front page of The Sun newspaper in 2005, when he was 20 years old.

In the couple’s recent six-episode Netflix documentary series, Harry described the incident as «one of the biggest mistakes of my life.

«I felt so embarrassed afterwards. All I wanted to do was fix it,» he says in the third episode.

But in «Spare», Harry alleges that both William and Kate encouraged him to wear the outfit.

Harry writes that he visited a costume shop and found various options for the party, before calling William and Kate for advice. He said they immediately suggested the Nazi uniform.

the death of diana

Harry writes about the momentous moment when he learned in 1997, when he was just 12 years old, that his mother had been injured and was about to die.

Charles made him sit up in bed to give him the news of the car accident, he recalls, calling him «my dear son» as he told him how Diana had suffered head injuries that didn’t seem to be getting better.

Harry writes: «What I do remember with astonishing clarity is that I did not cry. Not a tear. My father did not hold me.»

Death haunted Harry’s mind well into adulthood: he writes of asking his driver to take him through the Paris underpass in which Diana died.

Harry also describes meeting a woman with «powers» who said she could sense Diana’s spirit and interpret messages from beyond the grave.

Harry writes that she told him, «Your mother says you’re living the life she couldn’t live, the life she wanted for you.»

Charles fatherhood jokes

Harry alludes to long-standing rumors that James Hewitt, a former British Army officer with whom Diana had a relationship, is her real father.

Harry rejects this theory, pointing out that Diana met Hewitt after he was born. But he adds that Charles often joked that Harry wasn’t her son.

A father’s plea

Harry writes that he met Charles and William after the funeral of Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s consort, in 2021. The occasion was a rare meeting of the warring factions of the Windsor clan.

Charles, according to Harry, stood between his two sons and said, «Please, boys, don’t make my later years a misery.»

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