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Prince Harry says he and William used to SHOOT each other with BB guns

Prince Harry says he and William used to SHOOT each other with BB guns as children and would have fought him back in Nottingham Cottage fracas if he ‘hadn’t have been in therapy’

  • The Duke of Sussex was speaking in tonight’s interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby
  • Said when he and his older brother were children, they would ‘fight all the time’
  • Harry alleges in memoir that William attacked him inside Nottingham Cottage
  • Says he would have fought back if he ‘wasn’t doing therapy sessions’ 

Prince Harry has revealed he and his brother used to shoot each other with BB guns and he would have fought back after his brother allegedly pushed him over inside Nottingham Cottage if he had not been ‘doing therapy sessions’ at the time.

The Duke of Sussex was speaking in tonight’s interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby.

He said that when he and his older brother were children, they would ‘fight all the time’ and would ‘shoot each other with BB guns, we used to have firework fights’.

Harry then spoke of the ‘red mist’ of anger that he had for ‘many years’, he saw in his brother, before William allegedly pushed him over and onto a dog bowl inside Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace. 

He added: ‘I can pretty much guarantee today that if I wasn’t doing therapy sessions like I was and being able to process that anger and frustration that I would’ve fought back, one hundred percent.’  

The ITV interview with Bradby is part of a publicity blitz for his bombshell memoir Spare, which is being released on Tuesday but was leaked at the end of last week. 

Prince Harry has revealed he and his brother used to shoot each other with BB guns and he would have fought back after his brother allegedly pushed him over inside Nottingham Cottage if he had not been ‘doing therapy sessions’ at the time. Above: The pair attending the Christmas day church service at Sandringham in 1994

In an excerpt read from his autobiography, Spare, the Duke alleged that William urged him to fight back, saying: ‘Come on, hit me, you’ll feel better if you hit me… Come on, we always used to fight, you’ll feel better if you hit me’.’

Harry said he replied: ‘No, only you’ll feel better if I hit you. Please, just leave.’

Elsewhere in the interview on Sunday night, Harry criticised ‘family members’ for a ‘really horrible reaction’ on the day the Queen died, with leakings and briefings.

He also told Bradby that he loved his father Charles and brother the Prince of Wales, but said: ‘At the moment, I don’t recognise them, as much as they probably don’t recognise me.’

‘Nothing of what I’ve done in this book or otherwise has ever been any intention to harm them or hurt them,’ he added.

Harry spoke of the ‘red mist’ of anger that he had for ‘many years’, he saw in his brother, before William allegedly pushed him over and onto a dog bowl inside Nottingham Cottage (above) at Kensington Palace

The kitchen of Nottingham Cottage is seen in the recent Netflix documentary, with dog bowls visible on the floor

Harry’s book due out on Tuesday, has sparked a furore over his claims that William physically attacked him, and his admission he killed 25 Taliban members during the Afghanistan war.

Harry claims William and Kate ‘stereotyping’ Meghan as a ‘biracial American actress’ meant she was not welcomed as a Royal 

 

Harry said he wanted reconciliation with his father and brother, and forgiveness was 100 per cent a possibility, but grilled by Bradby on whether he had taken a ‘flamethrower’ to any bridges, the duke insisted: ‘Silence only allows the abuser to abuse.’

‘They’ve shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile up until this point. And I’m not sure how honesty is burning bridges,’ Harry added.

Harry lambasted the British press throughout the sit-down interview, and accused the royals of being ‘complicit’ in the conflict the media created.

‘The saddest part of that is certain members of my family and the people that work for them are complicit in that conflict,’ he said.

Harry also denied that he accused the royal family of racism in his Oprah interview, when he and the Duchess of Sussex revealed an unnamed family member raised concerns about how dark their unborn son’s skin would be.

‘No I didn’t…the British press said that…did Meghan every mention that they’re racist?…There was concern about his skin colour,’ the duke said.

Bradby asked: ‘Wouldn’t you describe that as essentially racist?’ Harry replied: ‘I wouldn’t, not having lived within that family.’

The claims in March 2021 left Oprah open-mouthed with shock and plunged the monarchy into crisis as it faced accusations of racism, but Harry again refused to name the royal allegedly involved.

He also backed the Queen’s former lady in waiting Lady Susan Hussey who quit an honorary role after asking a black British domestic violence campaigner where she really came from.

‘Meghan and I love Susan Hussey…She never meant any harm at all,’ he said.

The ITV interview with Bradby is part of a publicity blitz for his bombshell memoir Spare, which is being released on Tuesday but was leaked at the end of last week

Harry’s tell-all tales in his book include recounting how he took cocaine and magic mushrooms and lost his virginity to an older woman in a field behind a busy pub, and the stories have dominated the headlines for days.

With Brady bringing up the duke writing about losing his virginity at the age of 17, Harry said: ‘It’s four lines or something…if that’, and then quipped to the ITV News At Ten presenter: ‘We can talk about you losing your virginity, if you want?’

Harry also revealed how he felt ‘slightly isolated’ and different from his family in his younger years following the death of his mother, but shared joyful times with his great-grandmother the Queen Mother.

Speaking about Charles and William, Harry said: ‘I love my father. I love my brother. I love my family. I will always do.

‘Nothing of what I’ve done in this book or otherwise has ever been any intention to harm them or hurt them.

‘The truth is something that I need to rely on, and after many, many years of lies being told about me and my family, there comes a point where, you know, again, going back to the relationship between certain members of the family and the tabloid press, those certain members have decided to get in the bed with the devil, right, to rehabilitate their image.’

Elsewhere in the interview on Sunday night, Harry criticised ‘family members’ for a ‘really horrible reaction’ on the day the Queen died, with leakings and briefings

As Bradby outlined Harry’s criticisms of his father including that the duke’s interests are ‘sacrificed to his interests, certainly when it comes to the press’, the duke said he understood the need to have that relationship with the tabloid press but did not agree with it.

He said there had been ‘incredibly hurtful’ decisions, adding: ‘And they, and it continues. It hasn’t stopped. It’s continuing the whole, the whole way through.’

Harry said he wrote his book because ’38 years of having my story told by so many different people, with intentional spin and distortion felt like a good time to own my story and be able to tell it for myself’.

He added: ‘You know, I don’t think that if I was still part of the institution that I would have been given this chance to.’

The interview, filmed in California, is the first of four broadcast appearances over the coming days, with Harry also speaking to Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes on CBS News on Sunday night, Michael Strahan of Good Morning America on Monday and Stephen Colbert on the Late Show on CBS on Wednesday morning UK time.

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