Brendan O’Neill Brendan O’Neill

Prince Harry has done something unforgivable

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I’m just going to say it: I’m Team William. In that scrap that Prince Harry says happened at Nottingham Cottage, where Prince William allegedly lost his rag and pushed Harry to the floor, I’m cheering Will. Everyone who has a brother — I have five — knows they sometimes need a clip round the lughole. And I trust Will made the right decision when he physically reprimanded his little bro.

There are many reasons I’m in the Cambridge camp. The Sussexes are just saps, aren’t they? I’m far more shocked that Harry called his therapist after William allegedly attacked him than I am by the incident itself. After having an altercation with his brother? Harry really went from killing radical Islamists in Afghanistan to phoning his life coach because his brother broke his necklace?

For someone who values his privacy, Harry sure does like sharing secrets

If I went to a quack every time I had a blow-up with one of my brothers I’d have spent a lot of my teenage years and 20s on the couch. Thankfully I haven’t fallen under the spell of psychobabble, so I did what all self-respecting blokes do when they row with their brothers: drank, talked, patched things up, moved on. 

The Cambridges, at least, have some dignity. Harry, the Moaner of Montecito, appears to have misplaced his. Spare, his book that’s causing a storm even before its official publication next week, apparently contains all kinds of sordid details about his life. Like the ‘inglorious’ time he lost his virginity to an ‘older woman’ who ‘liked horses’. Apparently they had sex in ‘a grassy field behind a busy pub’.

For someone who values his privacy, Harry sure does like sharing secrets. There are people I’ve known for decades whose first sexual encounter remains a mystery to me.

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