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Prince Harry book: Duke reveals he took cocaine ‘a few times’


Prince Harry sensationally admitted to taking cocaine “a few” times during his wilder partying years.

Writing in his bombshell memoir Spare, which was released in Spain ahead of its UK release next week, the Duke of Sussex describes being dragged into the office of an unnamed member of the royal household staff during his grandmother’s the queenGolden Jubilee in 2002 after a journalist asked Palace about his drug habits.

Harry previously described smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol in his autobiography – but he has revealed for the first time how he was offered a line of cocaine during a hunting weekend.

Admitting he lied to royal staff during his interrogation, Harry says taking cocaine “wasn’t a lot of fun” and did it partly to be different and because he was “seventeen years old, willing to try almost anything that would upset the established order’.

According to translations obtained by MailOnline and also reported by Sky News, he wrote: “It wasn’t much fun and it didn’t make me feel particularly happy like others seemed to, but it made me feel different and that was my main aim. To feel. To be different.’

Prince Harry has sensationally admitted that he has taken cocaine on several occasions. Pictured in 2002

Harry and William with their grandmother the Queen during the Golden Jubilee in 2002

Harry and William with their grandmother the Queen during the Golden Jubilee in 2002

Harry also described smoking cigarettes and cannabis and drinking on the golf course at Windsor Castle while a student at Eton.

Tales of the duke’s exploits as ‘party prince’ have been widely reported over the years. Speaking on Dax Shepherd’s podcast in 2021, Harry laughed as he recalled his infamous party trip to Las Vegas when nude photos of him were leaked to the press.

Undated handout photo issued by Penguin Random House on the cover of the Duke of Sussex's memoirs

Undated handout photo issued by Penguin Random House on the cover of the Duke of Sussex’s memoirs

In 2012, Harry enjoyed a wild weekend in Las Vegas, where he was photographed wearing just a necklace while a naked girl hid behind him after a game of pool in his VIP suite.

During Dax’s Armchair Expert show, the royal was talking about how people are more likely to run away and rebel after being told “you need help” when the host brought up the infamous trip, joking: “[Or] strip down in las vegas.

It comes after the Duke of Sussex claimed he and his brother begged their father not to marry the current Queen Consort and that he wondered if she would one day be his “evil stepmother”.

Harry’s autobiography, Spare, revealed that the royals knew of Camilla as “the other woman”.

Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the leaked claims from Harry’s book, which emerged five days before the explosive memoir was published in the UK.

The book details the moment he was first introduced to Camilla.

The duke reportedly claimed he and his brother had separate dates with her before she married the current king in 2005.

He said seeing her for the first time was like avoiding the pain while getting an injection, writing: “It’s nothing. Close your eyes and you won’t even feel it. Harry also claimed that Camilla seemed “bored” during the meeting and wondered if she would be his “evil stepmother” in the future.

Harry attended the after party at China White's Club on International Cartier Day in 2004

Harry attended the after party at China White’s Club on International Cartier Day in 2004

Also in the book, the Duke claimed that he and his brother were prepared to forgive her if she could make Charles happy, adding: “We saw that like us, he was not.

“We could recognize the absent glances, the empty sighs, the disappointment always visible on his face.”

Harry also claimed that he and William told Charles they would welcome Camilla into the family on the condition that he did not marry her and “begged” him not to.

He claims that his father did not respond to their requests.

The brothers feared Camilla would be unfairly compared to their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, Harry also claimed.

Other revelations from the book include the Duke’s claims that a campaign was launched for Charles to marry Camilla and that his stepmother leaked details of her conversation with William to the press.

The Guardian, which said it was able to obtain a copy of Spare despite tight security ahead of the launch, reported that Harry claimed he was physically assaulted by William and knocked to the floor during a furious confrontation with the Duchess of Sussex.

Harry wrote: “(William) called me another name and then assaulted me. It all happened so fast. So very fast. He grabbed me by the collar, tore off my necklace and knocked me to the floor.

“I landed on the dog’s bowl which burst under my back, the pieces cutting into me. I lay there for a moment, dazed, then stood up and told him to go away.

Other reported revelations included how the brothers were called “Willie” and “Harold” and that Charles pleaded with his sons during a tense meeting after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral: “Please, boys. Don’t make my last years a misery.

The book comes just weeks after Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Netflix documentary – in which Harry said he was left horrified as William shouted and shouted at him at the tense Sandringham summit in 2020.


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