William told brother I love you at Philips funeral – but Harry didnt believe him
Prince Harry has spoken about his complicated relationship with brother Prince William in ITV tell-all interview.
The Duke of Sussex read an extract from his new memoir Spare, which explained a situation that happened on the day of their grandfather, Prince Philip's funeral.
A deep conversation occurred between the two siblings, according to the book. Harry wrote: "I pulled away, refused to meet his gaze. He forced me to look into his eyes, ‘Listen to me Harold, listen, I love you Harold, I want you to be happy’, the words flew out of my mouth, ‘I love you too, but your stubbornness is extraordinary’.
Harry claims William fired back: "And yours isn't?" which lead to Harry pulling away once more.
"He grabbed me again, twisting me to maintain eye contact. 'Harold you must listen to me, I just want you to be happy, Harold, I swear, I swear on mummy’s life'."
This choice of words intensified the situation. "He stopped. I stopped. Pa stopped. He'd gone there, he'd used the secret code, the universal password, ever since we were boys those three words were to be used only in times of extreme crisis, 'on mummy’s life'.
"For nearly 25 years we’d reserved that soul crushing vow for times when one of us needed to be heard, to be believed quickly, for times when nothing else would do."
"It stopped me cold, as it was meant to. Not because he'd used it, but because it didn’t work. I simply didn’t believe him."
The 38 year old explained to interviewer Tom Bradby, how he felt in that moment.
Tom pointed out that it was a heart-breaking story, to which Harry agreed: "It is heart-breaking. This whole thing is completely, not just unnecessary, it's incredibly sad.
"But there's a way through it, there's a way out of it. And that’s what I'm focused on now. Um, but yes, it's heart-breaking."
William has so far remained silent on Harry's revelations, but is said to planning to make a statement this week.
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