Royal Family insiders reject Prince Harry’s claims

Royal Family insiders reject Prince Harry’s claims

Allies of Britain’s royal family pushed back on Saturday against claims made by Prince Harry in his new memoir, which portrayed the monarchy as a cold and heartless institution that failed to nurture or support him.

Buckingham Palace has not officially commented on the book. But British newspapers and websites were filled with quotes from unnamed “royal insiders” refuting Harry’s allegations. One said his public attacks on the royal family caused a “date” in the health of Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September.

Veteran journalist Jonathan Dimbleby, a biographer and friend of King Charles III, said Harry’s revelations were of the type “you would expect … from a B-list sort of celebrity” and that the king would be hurt and disappointed from them. .

“His concern … is to act as head of state for a nation that we all know is in quite a state of turmoil,” Dimbleby told the BBC. “I think he’ll think it gets in the way.”

Preview clip of Prince Harry’s interview with ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’

Harry’s book, Spare, is the latest in a string of very public statements by the prince and his wife Meghan since they left royal life and moved to California in 2020, citing what they saw as racist treatment of media to Meghan, who is biracial, and the lack of support from the palace. It follows an interview with Oprah Winfrey and a six-part Netflix documentary released last month.

Harry is not the first British royal to air family secrets – both his parents used the media after their marriages fell apart. Charles collaborated on Dimbleby’s 1994 book and accompanying TV documentary, which revealed that the then-heir to the throne had had an affair during his marriage to Princess Diana.

Harry discusses his grief over his mother’s death in 1997

Diana gave her side of the story in a BBC interview the following year, saying “there were three of us in this marriage” about Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles.

But “Spare” goes into far more detail about private conversations and personal grievances than any previous royal revelation.

In the ghost-written memoir, Harry discusses his grief over his mother’s death in 1997 and his long-standing resentment of the role of royal “swap”, overshadowed by the “heir” – older brother Prince William. He recounts arguments and a physical fight with William, tells how he lost his virginity (in a field) and describes his use of cocaine and cannabis.

He also says he killed 25 Taliban fighters while serving as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan – a claim criticized by the Taliban and British military veterans.

“Spare” is expected to be released worldwide on Tuesday. The Associated Press obtained an early Spanish-language copy.

Harry has said he expects counterattacks from the palace. He has long complained about “leaks” and “planting” of stories to the media by members of the royal family.

In an interview to be broadcast on ITV on Sunday – one of several he has recorded to promote the book – Harry says people who accuse him of invading his family’s privacy “don’t understand or don’t want to believe that My family has been informing the press”.

“I don’t know how silence will make things better,” he said.

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