William dodges Harry question in first appearance since memoir's release

The Prince of Wales refused to answer a journalist's question.

Prince William ignored a reporter asking him if he'd had the chance to read Prince Harry's book Spare as he made his first public appearance since the memoir's official release this week.

The Prince and Princess of Wales were in Merseyside visiting the Open Door Charity when a journalist asked him, "Have you had a chance to read your brother's book at all?"

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton made their first public appearance since the release of Prince Harry's bombshell memoir Spare. Photo: Getty

When William offered no answer, Sky News reporter Inzamam Rashid asked once more but was ignored again, with the pair smiling as they left the building, seemingly not hearing the journalist.

Twitter users shared their thoughts on the question with one user writing, "I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in the car after your question."

"What an embarrassing thing to shout out," another ridiculed.

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"You are being a bit unrealistic there Inzamam, just like those journos who shout out questions in Downing Street and never ever get a response," a third said.

The reporter has previously questioned William after Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell Oprah interview, asking him, "Is the royal family a racist family?"

William was the first to respond to the allegations, saying, "We are very much not a racist family."

When asked if he'd spoken to his brother, the Prince replied, "No, I haven't spoken to him, but I will do."

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King Charles was also questioned about the book while in Aberdeenshire meeting with community groups, with a journalist asking if he was "hurt by the comments" in the memoir. The King also offered no response, though it's unclear whether he heard the question or not as he was in a car that was driving away when the question was asked.

While William hasn't publicly commented on the book, royal insiders claim he is "seething and devastated" by the comments in the book and "cannot forgive" his brother, according to Vanity Fair's Katie Nicholl, who told Page Six.

"William’s privately seething and devastated by what Harry has done....[the royals] have been taken aback by the level of detail and just how far Harry has gone in all of this," she shared.

She added that she doesn't believe they'll ever be able to reconcile, saying, "It really feels like a line has been crossed."

Harry and William's physical fight

Prince Harry and Prince William
Prince Harry shared in his memoir that he and William were involved in a physical fight in 2019. Photo: Getty

In the book, Harry claims he and William were involved in a physical fight in 2019 when the future King came over to discuss the furore surrounding his relationship with Meghan and the way the couple were being treated by the press.

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.

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.

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. William ‘looked regretful, and apologised’, but also told Harry not to inform Meghan about their altercation, he writes.

Harry says he asked William: “You mean that you attacked me?”

The royal claims William replied and said: “I didn’t attack you, Harold.”

Harry informed his therapist about the alleged altercation but didn't inform his wife straight away. However, he says that Meghan noticed his “scrapes and bruises” from falling on the dog bowl, and he came clean.

Although she was “terribly sad”, the royal writes that “she wasn’t surprised, and wasn’t all that angry”.

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