Prince Harry has accused his brother and sister-in-law of "stereotyping" his now-wife, Meghan Markle.
"I don’t think they were ever expecting me to get into a relationship with someone like Meghan, who had, you know, a very successful career," Harry alleges. "There was a lot of stereotyping that was happening, that I was guilty of as well, at the beginning."
When pushed to explain his comment, the Duke went on: "American actress, and that was playing out in the British press in the media at the time as well."
"I had that in the back of my mind," he said. "The way that they were acting or behaving definitely felt to me as though unfortunately that stereotyping was causing a bit of a barrier to them really sort of, you know, introducing or welcoming her in."
Harry then recalls an alleged physical encounter he had with William, and says he "saw a red mist" in his brother. "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," an on-screen excerpt from Harry's memoir says. "I lay there for a moment, dazed, then got to my feet and told him to get out."
According to the Duke, William encouraged him to "fight back", but he says he chose not to, instead putting into action anger management techniques he had picked up during therapy.
Kensington Palace is yet to comment on the claims, which were initially reported last week when copies of Harry's memoir, Spare, were leaked.
Cosmopolitan UK has reached out to Kensington Palace for comment.
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