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The royals have created a ‘war room’ over Prince Harry’s memoir Spare


Senior royal advisers have set up a de facto “war room” to deal with any potential fallout from Prince Harry’s bombshell memoir, Page Six can reveal.

Senior staff even discussed the situation at Sandringham Estate, where the royal family gathered to celebrate their the first Christmas without Queen Elizabeththey told us.

Insiders say a plan is in place to deal with the explosive revelations expected not only from Harry’s book but also from his meeting with Anderson Cooper on CBS “60 Minutes” Sunday, which will be quickly followed by interview for ITV,”Good morning America” and “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert.

The royals and their staff racked their brains to come up with every possible story for Harry to include in his tome – and were said to have been aware he would recount his fight with William, where he claimed his brother knocked him into a dog bowl during a battle for Meghan Markle.

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Senior advisers to the royal family have created a defacto “war room” ahead of the release of Prince Harry’s book, Spares.
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Prince Harry – seen with wife Meghan Markle in footage from their Netflix show – has made a series of bombshell claims in his new book
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“He broke my necklace by grabbing my shirt collar…I fell on the dog bowl, it broke under my back and the pieces scratched me,” Harry wrote.

A senior insider told us: “There were certainly fears about what Harry would write, and in particular they were worried that highly personal moments of their lives would be retold.

“The King wanted to move forward with the traditional ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude and follow in the Queen’s famous ‘never complain, never explain’ footsteps, but the Prince of Wales argued that perhaps the family should actually move on offensively and released a statement , pretty much the same way he said ‘We’re not a racist family,’ but he was rejected by his father.”


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The UK Daily Telegraph also confirmed that the palace was on a “war footing” prior to the book’s release, adding that after reading excerpts from the book, their worst fears had not come true.

Nevertheless, The London Sunday Times reported that William was aware that the royal family must remain silent. As a close friend of the two brothers told the publication, “He (William) will not take revenge, he never would because he is dignified and incredibly loyal. William is a duck because Harry knows he won’t retaliate. How many shots can you make at a sitting duck?

“It’s cruel, it’s cowardly and it’s so sad that William continues to suffer the blows. He is silent for the good of his family and country.

Harry’s book Spare will be published worldwide on Tuesday, but embarrassingly excerpts were leaked to Page Six this week before it was mistakenly put on sale early in Spain before being pulled from bookshelves.

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Prince Harry opens up about his childhood – and his feud with his brother Prince William in his new memoir Spare, out on Tuesday
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King Charles and Prince William at Sandringham on Christmas Day, the first time without Queen Elizabeth.
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Among his shocking claims, the Duke of Sussex, 38, opened up about his split with William, 40, dragging his daughter-in-law Princess Kate and reveals the last words he said to his grandmother shortly after he died in September. He also tells how he and William urged their father not to marry Camilla Parker Bowles.

He also detailed the tense Sandringham summit in early 2020, where Harry tried to get his relatives to agree to a ‘half in half out’ model, where he and Markle would be able to live outside the country and to be part-time royalty. Her Majesty disagreed, prompting them to leave their senior royal roles and move to California.

As Page Six revealed on Saturday, William and Kate were left ‘dizzy’ on the book, yet officials at Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace will not comment on the book, just as they refused to comment on the Sussexes’ Netflix show Harry and Meghan.

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Prince Harry’s interview with Anderson Cooper on CBS’ “60 Minutes” will air Sunday night.
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Meanwhile, we’re told that the Prince and Princess of Wales, who made a trip to Boston in December turned down a long list of prestigious interviews in both the United States and Britain to make their case about all proceeds going to royal charities.

King Charles, who gave a disastrous interview to Jonathan Dimbleby in 1993 in which he admitted cheating on Princess Diana with his now wife Camilla Parker Bowles, is believed to have told the whole family that nothing good could come of it from talking.

IN new trailer for Harry’s ITV interview with Tom Bradby, released on Saturday, he revealed the “guilt” he feels at not being able to cry in front of weeping mourners at Kensington Palace after his mother’s death.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle emotionally talk about exiting the royal family on their Netflix show ‘Harry & Meghan’
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Prince Harry said he only finally shed tears when he saw his mother’s coffin lowered into the ground at Althorp Estate.

He also said he thought William also felt guilty for not crying with the crowds, saying: “Everyone knows where they were and what they were doing the night my mum died.

“I cried once, at the funeral, and you know I go into detail about how strange it was and how there was actually some guilt that I felt, and I think William felt as well, walking around Kensington Palace.

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The royal family turned out en masse for Princess Kate’s Christmas service in December – all but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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“There were 50,000 bouquets of flowers for our mother and we shook hands with people smiling. I’ve seen the videos, haven’t I, I’ve gone through everything backwards. And the wet hands we were shaking, we couldn’t tell why their hands were wet, but they were all the tears they were wiping away.

He added: “Everybody thought and felt like they knew our mother and the two people closest to her, the two people she loved the most, couldn’t show any emotion at that moment.”

We have contacted Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace for comment.


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