The book’s title is an apparent reference to Harry being a royal “extra” and not first in line for the throne. William, Prince of Wales, is next in line after his father, King Charles III.
According to The Guardian, the book details “deeply private scenes and conversations” that cover everything from Harry’s early childhood to his marriage to former actress Meghan Markle. It includes details of Harry’s relationships with his mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997, his father, and his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Kensington Palace, which represents William, and Buckingham Palace, which represents Charles, declined to comment on the allegations made in the book.
The published findings focus on an alleged assault in 2019 at Harry and Meghan’s former London home at Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Harry reportedly says in the book that William complained about Meghan and called her “difficult,” “rude” and “abrasive.”
According to news outlets, the book states that after this the confrontation escalated and the brothers started shouting and insulting each other. Harry reportedly says he was scared of his brother, who went on a rampage and chased him around the house. Harry writes that William then grabbed her by the collar and tore off her necklace before pinning her to the floor, published extracts say.
“I landed on the dog bowl, which cracked under my back, pieces cutting into me. I lay there for a moment, stunned,” Harry writes in published excerpts from the book. According to news outlets, Harry reportedly asked his brother to leave, which he did after initially urging Harry to hit him back.
William later returned and apologised, news outlets report, although extracts say he suggested Harry did not tell Meghan about the alleged spat.
“‘You mean you attacked me?’ Harry writes that he replied, according to news outlets. “‘I didn’t attack you, Harold,'” he reportedly tells William calling back.
According to the published excerpts, Harry writes that he initially spoke only to a therapist about the alleged incident. But when Megan saw “scrapes and bruises” on his back, she told him what had happened, The Guardian quoted the book as saying.