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'Battle of Brothers' Reveals Prince Harry Was a Troublemaking Teenager at Buckingham Palace

Jaimie-lee Prince
Oct 09, 2020
10:00 P.M.
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Prince Harry and Prince William have always had their distinct personalities, with Harry being labeled as the bad boy in his younger days. In a new book, one author sheds light on Harry's past. 


Prince Harry and Prince William's story has been extensively discussed among royal fans and experts. In a new book titled "Battle of Brothers: William and Harry," author Robert Lacey shared new insight. 

Over the years, Harry's actions led to him being called the bad boy of the royal family. Lacey, who is also the historical consultant for "The Crown" on Netflix, is now pointing to William as a potential troublemaker, too.

Prince Charles and Prince Harry standing with father Princes Charles and their Royal Nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke at the Zurich Airport on February 17, 1994 | Photo: Getty Images




Ahead of the release of his book later this month, Lacey shared excepts with People magazine. He recounts numerous times that Harry found himself in the headlines for his excessive partying and drinking. 

A young Harry would drink when he was underage and often bumped heads with photographers. Meanwhile, his brother William, the closer heir to the throne, supposedly behaved much better and was an example to his brother. 

Prince William and Prince Harry attend the wedding of step-sister Laura Parker-Bowles in Wiltshire, England on May 6, 2006 | Photo: Getty Images



In 2002, the Palace attempted to clean up Harry's reputation by making it look like Prince Charles had him visit a drug rehab clinic to better his son. In reality, Harry visited on his own to know about the work done there.

The royal family succeeded in boosting Charles' role as a father, but Harry was still the "Bad Boy of Buckingham Palace," as Lacey put it. The rebellious son's worst incident was in 2005. 

Prince Harry enjoys Holiday in Klosters, Switzerland on January 2, 1998 | Photo: Getty Images



While attending a costume party with his older brother, Harry decided to dress up in a Nazi uniform complete with a swastika on the armband. When a guest's photo of him got out, the backlash was intense. 

However, Lacey says that it was not just Harry who should have gotten heat for his "wild, foolish and totally unjudged" actions. Though he did apologize for it, William might have done well to say sorry, too. Lacey writes

"Harry chose his costume in conjunction with his elder brother, who laughed all the way back to Highgrove with the younger sibling he was supposed to be mentoring."


Prince Harry and Prince William look up at a flypast during the Royal Air Force centenary event at the Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images


In his book, Lacey further claims that William was so upset with his mother after her "Panorama" interview that he refused to talk to her afterward. William and Harry have also had their discord. 


According to Lacey, Harry was angry at William when the latter consulted their uncle after Harry began dating his then-girlfriend, Meghan Markle. William reportedly thought he was moving too fast. 


Ultimately, Harry went on to marry Markle, and, together, the couple further upset the royal family as a whole last year. Lacey claims that things were iffy when Markle and Harry wanted to trademark the Sussex Royal branding. 

Prince William, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Kate Middleton attend the WW1 armstice centenary event in London, England on November 11, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images


The pair did not consult the Queen on their decision, a must-do for business transactions in the royal household. In August, another author spoke about the ongoing woes that Harry and William have with each other. 


Omid Scobie, co-author of "Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family," pointed to Harry and Markle's decision to step down as senior royals earlier this year. 

The writer says that William did not take too kindly to the move and, as of August, had not spoken to Harry since the Sandringham summit in January. He added: "Hurt continues to this day."