Prince Harry reveals the deeply personal significance of the necklace William yanked off his neck

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Prince Harry says he never retaliated when his brother William hit him. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Prince Harry says he never retaliated when his brother William hit him. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

One of the most jaw-dropping revelations in Prince Harry's newly published memoir, Spare, was about a physical altercation between him and Prince William in 2021, shortly after Prince Philip's funeral, resulting in Harry's necklace being broken. It's since been fixed.

The 38-year-old recently revealed in an interview that the cord necklace has deeply sentimental value. “We’ve got my kids' heartbeats in it,” he told US late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert, pulling the necklace out from under his shirt.

The necklace contains a special tribute to his son, Archie (3), and daughter, Lilibet (19 months): the charms on the chord have images of their infant cardiograms engraved on it.

Aside from his children's heartbeats, the piece has a medallion with a tiger's eye gemstone which a friend made specially for him while the prince was in Botswana.

Harry describes a physical fight with his brother in the book, saying that William grabbed him by the collar of his shirt which led to the ripping of his necklace, and then pushed him to the ground.

“If my mother was still alive, we wouldn’t have gotten to this,” he says.

The altercation between them was a result of William referring to Harry's wife, Meghan (41), as “difficult and rude”.

Despite everything that's happened, Harry says he wishes to reconcile with his brother and father, King Charles.

Meanwhile, as Harry continues his book tour, Kate and William have made their first public appearance since the book's release.

William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, on their first official royal duties since the book's release. They pointedly ignored questions lobbed at them about it. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/ Getty Images)

The Prince and Princess of Wales made their way to the new Royal Liverpool Hospital, and upon arrival the press wanted to know their thoughts on the book. The couple pointedly ignored the questions and carried on with their hospital tour, smiling and waving.

King Charles recently visited Aberdeenshire in Scotland. He, too, has declined to comment on the release of Spare. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/ Getty Images)

Meanwhile, King Charles (74) made a public appearance in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, to meet with community groups. "Sir, are you hurt by the comments in the book?" A journalist asked. The king declined to comment before he was escorted away.

The book sold more than 400 000 copies in hardcover, e-book and audio formats on its first day of release, making it the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever.


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