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Questions are being asked about the leak of Prince Harry‘s highly anticipated autobiography to the US edition of The Guardian, which has reported on its sensational claims about rifts among the royals.

The Guardian states it managed to obtain a copy of the book – already a bestseller – despite stringent security measures by publisher Penguin Random House ahead of its release next Tuesday.

The memoir’s claims were detailed by the Guardian’s New York breaking news reporter Martin Pengelly on its website.

Titled ‘Spare’, the book explores the prince’s troubled relationship with the rest of his family as the younger brother of the heir to the throne.

The Duke and his publishers Penguin Random House went to great lengths to ensure 'Spare' is published simultaneously around the world next Tuesday

The Duke and his publishers Penguin Random House went to great lengths to ensure ‘Spare’ is published simultaneously around the world next Tuesday 

The Guardian states it managed to obtain a copy of the book - already a bestseller - despite stringent security measures by publisher Penguin Random House ahead of its release next Tuesday (Pictured: The Guardian's New York site)

The Guardian states it managed to obtain a copy of the book – already a bestseller – despite stringent security measures by publisher Penguin Random House ahead of its release next Tuesday (Pictured: The Guardian’s New York site)

One recollection by Prince Harry includes a clash with his brother William over Meghan Markle in the grounds of Kensington Palace in 2019. The Prince of Wales is said to have referred to her as ‘difficult’, rude’ and ‘abrasive’, which Harry responds as a ‘parrot[ing of] the press narrative’.

The Duke of Sussex goes on to claim that his brother ‘grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and … knocked me to the floor.’

Elsewhere, Harry recalls another angry confrontation with his brother at Windsor Castle after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April 2021. He describes his father remonstrating with them, saying: ‘Please, boys. Don’t make my final years a misery.’

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Elsewhere, the prince mentions names they used to refer to each other by and adds that he later discussed their fallout with his therapist.

A source told The Times they were unsure if the brothers’ relationship will recover, adding: ‘I think the book [will be] worse for them than the royal family is expecting. 

Not since the last ¿Harry¿ book has security been so tight. As publication looms for the Duke of Sussex¿s memoir, the ultra-secure arrangements echo those of the final instalment of the Harry Potter series 16 years ago, insiders said yesterday

Not since the last ‘Harry’ book has security been so tight. As publication looms for the Duke of Sussex’s memoir, the ultra-secure arrangements echo those of the final instalment of the Harry Potter series 16 years ago, insiders said yesterday 

‘Everything is laid bare. Charles comes out of it better than I had expected, but it’s tough on William, in particular, and even Kate gets a bit of a broadside. 

‘There are these minute details and a description of the fight between the brothers. I personally can’t see how Harry and William will be able to reconcile after this.’

Ultra-secure arrangements for the book are said to echo those of the final instalment of the Harry Potter series 16 years ago, insiders said this week. 

Back then, publishers spent millions of pounds trying to stop the plotline being leaked before it went on sale in bookshops. 

This week, an enormous logistics operation is under way around Prince Harry’s bombshell biography Spare. 

The duke and his publishers Penguin Random House are going to great lengths to ensure it is published simultaneously around the world next Tuesday. 

The hardback will be in UK bookshops when they open on Tuesday morning, with the e-book edition available to download on Kindle from shortly after midnight on the same day. 

Spare is being published in 16 languages including Chinese, Finnish, Hungarian, Spanish and Portuguese, but – in theory – no one in any country will be able to get their hands on an early copy. 

Although the official release date is January 10, readers in Australia – which is 11 hours ahead of the UK – have been left in no doubt that, for them, copies will only become available on January 11. 

In the United States, which is five to eight hours behind Britain, it will be the evening of Monday January 9 when e-book copies of the tome become available on Kindle, at the same moment as the clock strikes midnight on Tuesday morning in the UK.

Harry’s tell-all book is expected to double-down on his attacks on the Royal Family. While King Charles may be spared the worst of the duke’s rage, the book is understood to contain damaging details about his bitter fallout with his brother, with both William and his wife Kate coming under fire in its 416 pages. 

Spare tells Harry’s story with ‘raw, unflinching honesty’, according to Penguin Random House. 

The Sussexes are said to have signed a $20million (£16.6million) four-book deal with the publishing giant. 

Publishing sources said arrangements for Harry¿s ¿explosive¿ memoir¿s release were ultra-closely guarded and being managed in minute detail, with only a handful of senior executives aware of the exact details

Publishing sources said arrangements for Harry’s ‘explosive’ memoir’s release were ultra-closely guarded and being managed in minute detail, with only a handful of senior executives aware of the exact details 

Publishing sources said arrangements for Harry’s ‘explosive’ memoir’s release were ultra-closely guarded and being managed in minute detail, with only a handful of senior executives aware of the exact details. 

Deliveries to bookshops are being scheduled to be last-minute to avoid unauthorised copies being leaked. Guarded sites across the world have been secured to house copies of the book prior to distribution. 

One likened the sophisticated security operation to the 2007 release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when JK Rowling was determined her young fans would not have the experience spoilt by learning of the boy wizard’s fate before reading the seventh and final novel in the series. 

An army of guards, satellite tracking systems and legal contracts were all deployed to protect the 10 million first copies of the new Harry Potter book. 

When the finished manuscript was taken by hand from London to New York, a lawyer for the American publisher sat on it during the flight. 

When copies were sent out to retailers, lorries were fitted with satellite tracking systems which would reveal if any of the vehicles deviated from their intended routes. 

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