Harry claims he had to reveal his 25 Taliban kills ‘for his own healing’


Harry claims he had to reveal his 25 Taliban kills ‘for his own healing’ as he poses in glossy photoshoot for US People magazine (with suspiciously blue eyes)

  • Duke of Sussex has sat down for cover interview and photo shoot with People 
  • Cover image shows Prince Harry smiling with the headline: ‘My story, my words’ 
  • Harry told People he spoke of his time in the Army and kill count ‘to help others’

Prince Harry today justified revealing his Taliban kill-count because soldiers should discuss ‘parts of our service that haunt us’ in a glossy US magazine piece where he appears to model the necklace he claims William broke in a fight over Meghan.

The Duke of Sussex claimed in his memoirs to have killed 25 enemy fighters during two tours of Afghanistan – calling his victims ‘chess pieces’ rather than people as a means of bearing the emotional strain of taking dozens of lives.

Harry told People that he speaks openly about his time in Afghanistan – and killing insurgents – ‘for my own healing journey’ and ‘in the hopes it will help others’. 

The interview was released this afternoon, with social media users remarking on how the magazine’s photo shoot appears to have brightened his blue eyes and thickened his hair. 

One critic said pictures of Harry, which include him walking on a wooden terrace and leaning against some patio doors in an open blue shirt and dark jeans, looked like a ‘faux-fashion photo shoot’. 

Harry is also wearing a black leather cord necklace. Some claimed it is identical to the one he claims was broken by his brother William in an alleged fight at Kensington Palace during a row over Meghan’s ‘difficult’ and ‘abrasive’ behaviour in 2019.

Prince Harry has done a glossy cover piece with People magazine, one of the Sussexes’ favoured US publications 

Prince Harry is seen on Monday leaving his Manhattan hotel and heading to record an episode of Stephen Colbert's show, accompanied by an armed guard with a Glock gun lock box

Prince Harry is seen on Monday leaving his Manhattan hotel and heading to record an episode of Stephen Colbert’s show, accompanied by an armed guard with a Glock gun lock box

It came as Harry was accused of reducing the royals to a laughing stock ahead of an appearance on the satirical ‘The Late Show’ with Stephen Colbert, due for broadcast in the US tonight. 

It was recorded in New York yesterday with the exiled royal ushered in and out of the studio by armed bodyguards including a British former policeman carrying a Glock pistol carry case.

But critics, including senior figures in the British Army, have said his admission is a breach of the unwritten code that soldiers do not count ‘notches on their rifles’. Others said Harry had betrayed ex-comrades by risking their safety, his own and that of the Royal Family.

Justifying his decision to tell millions that he opened fire and killed 25 fighters as an Apache helicopter gunner, Harry told People, a favoured US magazine of the Sussexes’: ‘I know from my own healing journey that silence has been the least effective remedy. Expressing and detailing my experience is how I chose to deal with it, in the hopes it would help others’.

Former military commanders, pilots, aid workers and diplomats condemned the remarks, which they claimed handed the militants a propaganda victory. He also faced the ignominy of being branded a ‘big-mouth loser’ by the Taliban themselves. 

But Harry told People: ‘This is something each soldier has to confront, and in the nearly two decades of working alongside service personnel and veterans, I’ve listened to their stories and have shared mine. 

‘In these conversations, we often talk about the parts of our service that haunt us — the lives lost, the lives taken. But also the parts of our service that heal us and the lives we’ve saved.

“It’s a duty, a job, and a service to our country — and having done two tours of duty in Afghanistan for my country, I’ve done all I could to be the best soldier I was trained to be’. He added: ‘There’s truly no right or wrong way to try and navigate these feelings’.

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