Prince Harry has sensationally accused the Monarchy of trying to ‘undermine’ his explosive memoir Spare because its controversial contents have ‘perhaps made them feel uncomfortable and scared’ as he launched another furious attack on the royal family in the latest in a line of TV interviews to promote his book.
The 38-year-old held nothing back as he took aim at his family during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, when he flitted between hurling barbs at his family and making light-hearted jokes about his ‘frost-nipped’ genitals while swigging a glass of tequila.
One of the more serious moments during the lengthy sit-down saw Harry rounding on his relatives over the backlash to his memoir, with Colbert questioning whether he believes the royals have an ‘active campaign to undermine this book’.
‘Of course,’ the Duke responded – adding that ‘the British press’ has also been complicit in this so-called ‘campaign’, with Colbert chiming in: ‘But aided and abetted by the palace.’
‘Again of course,’ Harry confirmed. ‘But this is the other side of the story, right? After 38 years, they have told their side of the story. This is the other side of the story.’
The father-of-two then suggested that what he perceives as the royals’ ‘campaign’ against his memoir has come as a result of its being ‘uncomfortable and scared’ over its contents.
‘There is a lot in there that, perhaps makes people feel uncomfortable and scared,’ he continued.
Prince Harry has sensationally accused the Monarchy of trying to ‘undermine’ his explosive memoir Spare because its controversial contents have ‘perhaps made them feel uncomfortable and scared’
The wide-ranging interview with Colbert saw Harry address a number of topics, ranging from the farcical to the furious, with the Duke launching several tirades against the British press, accusing it of ‘abusing’ his wife Meghan Markle – and bizarrely suggesting that it was ’embarrassing’ for the media when he chose to quit the royal family and relocate to the US.
During the lengthy on-air interview, Harry also:
- Furiously slammed accusations that he ‘boasted’ about killing 25 Taliban fighters, while blaming his critics for ‘spinning’ his words and putting his ‘family in danger’
- Revealed he still wears the necklace he claims his brother Prince William broke during a fight over Meghan, having had it repaired
- Confirmed that he has watched ‘old and more recent’ episodes of The Crown despite it featuring depictions of Diana’s bulimia battle and divorce from Charles
- Made a thinly-veiled dig at his father and the royals by proclaiming that the ‘Spencer gene is very strong’
- Discussed his ‘frost-nipped’ penis on live television while laughing at Colbert’s jokes about his ‘royal jewels’
- Shared his fondest memories of the Queen, praising her ‘sharp wit’ and ‘sense of humor’
From the get-go, it was clear that Harry’s interview – which comes at the tail-end of a massive transatlantic PR blitz to tout his memoir – would ‘spare’ nobody in the Monarchy, with the opening seconds of the show featuring a mocking skit that ridiculed royal tradition.
The show opened with a clip showing Colbert standing alongside two trumpeters wearing replicas of the uniforms traditionally worn by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry. As Harry strolled his way down a red carpet, they began their fanfare, with the Duke putting on a mock display of humility and telling the TV host such pomp ‘wasn’t necessary’.
It was then that Harry leaned on Colbert’s Hollywood pulling power, with actor Tom Hanks joining him as the TV host proclaimed that the trumpets had in fact been intended – not for the Duke – but for the 66-year-old star all along.
Colbert then performed his traditional opening monologue before his lengthy chat with Harry began, but not before the on-air personality poured each of them a glass of tequila.
‘I know that you yourself are a very private person for being a public figure,’ he said, while brandishing a copy of Harry’s book. ‘You are revealing a lot of things in here. It must be on a certain level kind of nerve-wracking to be out there publicly, physically representing the book… Would you like a cocktail before we begin?’
‘Yes please!’ Harry then responded as Colbert pulled out a bottle of liquor.
In the first of many audience interactions, the Duke turned to the group of spectators – which he revealed later included several veterans – to ask whether the late-night host ‘every makes you guys a drink’.
In yet another sure-fire signal that Harry has adopted his very own ‘Hollywood’ personality, the Duke made several similar attempts at comedy throughout the interview, calling out jokes, trading banter with Colbert, and – in one of the most cringe-worthy moments of the sit-down – expressed mock regret that his frostbitten penis didn’t turn into a rock-solid icicle.
Prince Harry mocks the monarchy: Duke ridicules royal tradition (with the help of Hollywood star Tom Hanks) as he kicks off The Late Show with skit featuring trumpet fanfare and heralds in uniforms
Prince Harry kicked off the latest in a long line of TV interviews by ridiculing royal tradition and mocking the Monarchy – with the help of Hollywood A-lister Tom Hanks.
The 38-year-old Duke of Sussex poked fun at his family’s long-standing and much-admired tradition of pomp and circumstance during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his bombshell memoir Spare this evening, for which he pre-filmed a skit that showed him being greeted at the CBS studios by two trumpet heralds wearing regal uniforms.
In the video, Harry is seen rounding a corner and walking along a red carpet while the trumpeters begin their fanfare, with the Duke telling Colbert in a show of mock humility: ‘Woah, woah, woah, stop, stop. Stephen, not needed, but thank you, I appreciate it.’
‘What are you talking about? This isn’t for you!’ Colbert, 58, responds, before urging Harry: ‘Get out of the way, he’s coming!’
At that point, Hanks, 66, who was a guest on the late-night show on Monday – when the Duke filmed his own interview – comes around the corner, jokingly exclaiming: ‘I’m back! Where’s my fanfare?’ while Harry throws rose petals at him.
Prince Harry kicked off the latest in a long line of TV interviews by ridiculing royal tradition and mocking the Monarchy – with the help of Hollywood A-lister Tom Hanks
The 38-year-old Duke of Sussex poked fun at his family’s long-standing and much-admired tradition of pomp and circumstance during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert this evening
Tonight’s episode of The Late Show kicked off with a skit featuring Harry and Hanks, 66, being greeted by royal fanfare as they entered the CBS studios
The trumpeters featured on The Late Show were sporting uniforms that appeared to be replicas of the official garb worn by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry – who perform the fanfare at official state events, like Harry’s own wedding and Prince Philip’s funeral – however in place of the royal standard, they had the letters ‘L’ and ‘S’ embroidered on their jackets.
Harry’s pre-taped interview with Colbert has already resulted in several explosive moments which were brought to light courtesy of teaser clips shared on the CBS show’s official Twitter account.
In those trailers, the Duke furiously denied that he ‘boasted’ about killing 25 Taliban fighters, while taking aim at his critics for ‘spinning’ his words and putting his ‘family in danger’.
He also confirmed to the TV host that he watches controversial Netflix series The Crown, admitting that he has even seen ‘more recent’ episodes, which portray dramatized versions of his late mother Diana’s battle with bulimia – and his parents’ bitter divorce.
Meanwhile a trailer for the episode saw Colbert ridiculing the royal family, comparing the Duke to Harry Potter and joking that his explosive new book is available as a commemorative plate.
After playing a clip where Harry describes his pain at William trying to avoid him at Eton, the Late Show presenter said to roars of laughter: ‘That’s heartbreaking. To be rejected by his older brother at school even though that magic hat sorted them into the same house. What do you think? Hufflepuff? Gryffindor?’
After Colbert tells Harry that the trumpeters were not in fact for him, but rather for Hanks, the Duke begins throwing rose petals at the laughing actor
After a series of serious TV interviews the Prince has now chosen to do The Late Show, in what appears to be an attempt to tout his memoir in a more light-hearted manner
The trumpeters featured in the show were wearing replica uniforms of the official garb sported by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry who perform the fanfare at official state events, including Harry’s own wedding and Prince Philip’s funeral
In another teaser Colbert said Spare is available in hardback, audiobook and ‘commemorative plate’ – a joke at the expense of Harry and other royals whose weddings and anniversaries are marked with limited edition tableware and crockery.
And then in a further joke at Harry’s expense – and the expense of the Royal Family including the Queen – Colbert says: ‘Stock up on corgis and steal a priceless cultural treasure from one of your colonies because The Late Show is going imperial’.
Harry’s book also contains anecdotes that also appear to poke fun at his own family including hanging a trinket likeness of the Queen on a Christmas tree.
Spare reveals that Meghan gave Harry an ornament of the Queen that she had bought from a local store in California.
Harry writes in his book that it was ‘Granny’s face to a T’ and hung it straight on the large Christmas tree in their California home.
Toddler Archie was running around and knocked the tree’s stand, which caused the ornament to fall off and smash into pieces.
After a series of serious TV interviews – which some critics claim failed to properly question contradictions in his book – the Prince has now chosen to do The Late Show, in what appears to be an attempt to tout his memoir in a more light-hearted manner.
When the interview began Harry furiously slammed down accusations that he ‘boasted’ about killing 25 Taliban fighters
Duke denies he ‘boasted’ about killing 25 Taliban fighters in explosive memoir Spare – and blames critics for ‘spinning’ his words and putting his ‘family in danger’
Prince Harry furiously slammed down accusations that he ‘boasted’ about killing 25 Taliban fighters in his explosive memoir Spare – while accusing his critics of ‘spinning’ his words and spouting ‘lies’ about the revelation, which he says have put his family ‘in danger’.
The 38-year-old vehemently defended his decision to share the information, hitting back at accusations that he ‘undermined his own security’ by writing about his Taliban kills, while blaming his critics for spreading ‘dangerous lies’ and ‘spinning his words’.
‘I think one of… the most dangerous lies that they have told is that I somehow boasted about the number of people I have killed in Afghanistan,’ he told Colbert.
‘I would say that if I heard anybody else, anyone, boasting about that kind of thing, I would be angry. But it’s a lie.
He added: ‘My words are not dangerous, but the spin of my words are very dangerous to my family.’
Harry insisted to Colbert that it was not his words that were in any way dangerous – but rather the ‘spin’ that his critics have put on them, with the Duke saying it is ‘a choice they have made’, which has put his family in danger.
He went on to insist that that the ‘reason’ he chose to write about his kill count was to ‘reduce the number of suicides’ among military veterans.
‘I made a choice to share it because, having spent nearly two decades working with veterans all around the world, I think the most important thing is to be honest and to give space to others to share their experiences without any shame,’ he said – while receiving applause from the audience, which included several veterans.
‘And my whole goal, my attempt with sharing that detail is to reduce the number of suicides.’
The Duke also confirmed that he watches The Crown, revealing that he has seen the ‘older and more recent stuff’
The 38-year-old’s admission that he has watched more recent episodes suggests he has seen the show’s highly-dramatized portrayal of his parents’ bitter divorce
Prince Harry laughs as he CONFIRMS he watches The Crown – hinting he’s even seen ‘more recent’ episodes that dramatize Diana’s bulimia battle and bitter divorce from Charles
Prince Harry confirmed that he watches Netflix’s controversial series The Crown – laughing as he revealed in a new bombshell TV interview that he has watched the ‘more recent’ episodes that portray ‘sensationalized’ accounts of his late mother Diana’s bulimia battle and her bitter divorce from Charles.
The Duke laughed uproariously while joking to the TV host that he ‘fact checks’ the highly-criticized show.
‘Yes I have actually watched The Crown,’ Harry – who has a production deal with Netflix that is reported to be worth $100 million – told Colbert after the late night host asked if he had seen the series.
‘The older stuff and the more recent stuff.’
Harry then burst into fits of laughter and mimed taking notes as Colbert questioned whether he ‘fact checks’ the show – before admitting: ‘Yes, I do actually.’
He then suggested that The Crown does not offer an entirely factual version of events – before pointing at his bombshell memoir Spare as an apparent example of accuracy, saying: ‘Which is why it’s so important that history has it right.’
Despite his jovial response to the question, the Duke’s admission that he’s watched multiple episodes of the show will likely prompt furious criticism and questions about why he and wife Meghan Markle have continued to work with streaming giant Netflix, despite its brutal portrayal of the royal family – and Harry’s parents in particular.
Season five of the series – which is the most recent – drew bitter backlash over its ‘malicious’ storylines, which included agonizing portrayals of the breakdown of Charles and Diana’s marriage, as well as a fictional scene in which the future King is seen plotting to overthrow the Queen.
The latest storylines have been widely bashed for their ‘malicious’ and ‘lurid’ content with critics branding Harry a ‘hypocrite’ for refusing to pull the plug on his Netflix deal in response to the streaming giant’s portrayal of his family.
To add insult to grievous injury, season five of the show was released just a matter of weeks after the Queen passed away at the age of 96.