Prince Harry reveals his final words to the Queen on her deathbed

The royal opened up about the emotional moment in his new memoir Spare.

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Prince Harry’s memoir Spare has been released early in Spain, and he has finally described the moment he reached Queen Elizabeth II’s deathbed in September 2022.

The Duke of Sussex didn’t reach his grandmother’s side before she died but shares the bittersweet words he uttered at her bedside upon arrival.

Prince Harry kisses the Queen at an event
Prince Harry has opened up about his emotional moment at the Queen's deathbed. Photo: Getty

The 38-year-old says he whispered that he “hoped she would be happy”, and would be reunited with his grandfather Prince Philip, who had passed away the previous year.

Harry writes that prior to her death, he had let the Queen know he “admired her for having fulfilled her duties until the very end.” The 96-year-old's final public appearance took place just two days before she died in September, welcoming politician Liz Truss to Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

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As her final duty as Queen, she formally appointed the Conservative Party leader as the UK’s new prime minister, a role she only held for 44 days before resigning.

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were originally in the UK for the One Young World summit but extended their stay so they could take part in the mourning period for the Queen.

Royal fans were surprised to see Prince William, Kate Middleton, Harry and Meghan reunite in a walkabout, the first time the couples had stepped out in public together since 2020.

The foursome walked outside the gates of Windsor Castle and accepted condolences from the public. The brothers' bond seemed to be restored as the couples presented a united front.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William and Kate Middleton look at flowers left at Windsor Castle
The royal family reunited during the Queen's mourning period. Photo: Getty

Harry claims William physically attacked him

While some hoped that the brothers’ rift was slowly healing, Harry’s explosive television interviews, Netflix series Harry & Meghan and his new memoir Spare will likely add more fuel to their feud.

In a bombshell reveal, Harry claims that his brother William lashed out at him in a heated physical attack.

The revealing excerpt was published by The Guardian and gives further insight into why the relationship between Harry and William has been damaged.

Harry says that his brother came over to discuss the furore surrounding his relationship with Meghan and the way the couple were being treated by the press.

However, Harry writes that the Prince of Wales was “piping hot” when he arrived and began complaining about Meghan, calling her “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive”.

After Harry accused William of “parrot[ing] the press narrative” about Meghan, the pair became embroiled in a shouting match before escalating further, Harry says.

Cover of Prince Harry's book Spare
Harry has shared some extremely intimate details in his new book. Photo: Penguin Random House

Harry then lashed out at William, accusing him of acting as an heir. The pair traded insults, when William told Harry he was attempting to help, Harry writes.

“Are you serious? Help me? Sorry — is that what you call this? Helping me?” Harry recalls telling his brother.

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According to Harry, this made William furious, who swore before following him into the kitchen. He claims that he offered his brother a glass of water while trying to calm him down. “Willy, I can’t speak to you when you’re like this,” he recalls saying.

Harry writes: “He set down the water, called me another name, then came at me. It all happened so fast. So very fast. 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. I lay there for a moment, dazed, then got to my feet and told him to get out.”

Harry claims that his brother tried to get him to retaliate physically, but he refused to engage.

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