Experts predict who’d win in fight between Army lad Harry and Air Force Wills

Prince Harry and Prince William supposedly got into a fisticuffs over Meghan Markle in 2019, according to the Duke of Sussex's new book – but who would win in a full-on royal scrap?

In his upcoming memoir Spare, the Duke of Sussex claims his brother knocked him down and left him with "scrapes and bruises" at Nottingham Cottage in 2019.

According to The Guardian – which claims to have obtained a copy of the book – Harry says William called Meghan "difficult", "rude" and "abrasive".

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Harry wrote: "He set down the water, called me another name, then came at me. It all happened so fast. So very fast.

"He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor. I landed on the dog’s bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me. I lay there for a moment, dazed, then got to my feet and told him to get out."

Harry claims that he didn't fight back – but what would happen if he did?

What are the bookies saying?

Despite William's victory in their last known fight, bookmakers reckon Harry's the favourite.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes told the Daily Star: "Harry's thrown a few swings at the Royal Family of late, and the odds suggest he'd get the better of his big brother if the pair were to step into the ring."

He added: "Prince William might have the reach and seemingly has form in this sibling bout, but he'd be heading into this one as an outsider against a rough and ready former prince in Harry, as far as we're concerned."

Ladbrokes have Harry at 4/6 to win the 'Battle of the Brothers', with William at 11/8.

Head to head

Standing at 6ft 3in (1.91m) William has the height advantage over his younger brother, who comes in at 6ft 1in (1.86m), with the extra two inches perhaps being why William came out on top in 2019.

William is also two years Harry's senior (40 and 38) – giving him extra experience but meaning Harry should have more stamina.

Another sign that William may gas out first is his weight. Although estimates vary, Harry is thought to weigh around 86kg and William 92kg.

The shorter, lighter and younger Harry will fancy his chances, but will have to be wary of William's superior power.

Previous bouts

The Guardian's leak from Spare suggests the brothers had many scuffles growing up.

Harry wrote that William referenced these scraps and urged him to strike back in 2019 – an offer Harry refused.

Although Harry's account is all we have regarding fights between the two, one of the brothers used to have a fearsome reputation and earned the nickname 'Basher'.

In his book Battle of Brothers, royal biographer Robert Lacey revealed that William was no stranger to a fight at nursery school.

He writes: "The young prince had picked up his nicknames of 'Basher Wills' or 'Billy the Basher' when he joined Mrs Jane Mynors' Nursery School in Notting Hill, not far from Kensington Palace, in September 1985.

"Noisy, cheeky and defiant of discipline, Wills soon angered his classmates by pushing his way to the front of the dinner queue and getting involved in playground fights."

Military training and experience

William followed Harry into Sandhurst in 2006, with both entering the Blues and Royals cavalry regiment after officer training, but as heir William would not be put in danger.

He trained in both the Navy and Air Force, being presented with his RAF Wings by his father and completing an accelerated Naval Officer course.

In June 2008, while serving on HMS Iron Duke, he participated in a £40m cocaine seizure in the Atlantic.

He went on to become an RAF Search and Rescue pilot before accepting a role as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance in 2014, starting the following year and leaving in 2017.

Battle-hardened Harry was almost deployed as a troop commander in Iraq in 2007, but the move was blocked over fears his unit would face increased danger given who he is.

After further training in Canada, Harry was secretly deployed as a Forward Air Controller in Afghanistan where his colleagues nicknamed him 'Bullet Magnet'.

He completed two tours in Afghanistan, fighting the Taliban from 2007 to 2008 and 2012 to 2013. He also became the first royal to serve in a war zone since Prince Andrew in the Falklands War.

Expert opinion

According to Professor Anthony Glees, the director of Buckingham University Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, "Harry ought to have felled William like an ox".

Speaking to the Daily Star, he explained: "Both will have had 'British Army Basic Close Combat Skills Training' and done courses in 'close combat' defined as 'violent confrontation between two or more opponents are short rage' as well as mounted combat on dismounted combat."

He added that they differ in that "Harry will have had the benefit of direct combat in the field and of killing people".

However, Professor Glees said Harry has "undoubtedly changed" since meeting Meghan, a change that may have started following his second tour when he admitted to seeing "horrendous" things.

Regarding their 2019 scrap, Glees said: "It might be the case that, although Harry ought to have been able to win against William in a fight, perhaps he had become averse to violence and froze."


Considering the history between the two and physical size, Prince 'Basher Wills' will surely see himself as the favourite against Prince 'Bullet Magnet'.

Yet Harry – backed by the bookies and with military experience on his side – won't be scared.

We reckon William would look to end the contest early, spurred on by the fury he's felt towards his brother since he and Meghan quit the Royal Family.

Harry would need to be fleet-footed to swerve his brother's haymakers, but eventually William would gas out.

Considering his youth we say Harry would gain the upperhand midway through the bout, as an exhausted William resorts to damage limitation. Harry would secure a TKO victory in the eighth round.

Ladbrokes have it at 100/1 for Harry and William to actually fight in 2023 – who do you think would win?

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