Royal fans have spotted another inconsistency in Prince Harry’s memoir regarding the outfit Meghan wore on their first date.
In his bombshell biography Spare, which hit shelves on Tuesday, the Duke of Sussex, 38, recounted the moment he first laid eyes on his wife when they met at 76 Dean Street in London, which is one of Soho House’s private member clubs.
Describing her outfit, Prince Harry writes: ‘She was wearing a black sweater, jeans heels. I knew nothing about clothes but I knew she was chic.
However, royal fans on TikTok pointed out that Prince Harry’s account conflicts with a comment Meghan made in a September 2018 interview.
Meghan Markle recalled during a September 2018 interview (pictured) that she had worn a blue dress on her first date with Prince Harry.
While viewing her wedding dress with a Royal Collections curator, the mother-of-two explained how she worn a blue dress on her first date with Prince Harry.
Ahead of their nuptials, the duchess says she had asked for a piece of the frock’s fabric to be stitched into her wedding dress as her ‘something blue’.
Four months after the couple’s wedding, the Duchess of Sussex was reunited with her Givenchy wedding dress for the ITV documentary Queen of the World.
The Duchess of Sussex then had a piece of the fabric from her first date sewn into her wedding dress as her ‘something blue’
Taking a closer look at her dress, Meghan said: ‘Somewhere in here, there’s a piece of – did you see it?
‘The piece of blue fabric that’s stitched inside? It’s my something blue. It’s fabric from the dress I wore on our first date.’
In response, the curator gushed: ‘Oh that’s about the most romantic thing!’
However, it is possible that Meghan didn’t consider the first time she and Harry met as a ‘date’. Prince Harry goes on to describe how she then wore ‘pretty blue sundress with white pinstripes’ during their second meeting.
Prince Harry’s bombshell memoir is full of startling claims – and some have questioned the historical accuracy of the facts presented. J.R. Moehringer (right), Harry’s ghostwriter, on Wednesday defended the book, saying memoirs are about the subject’s own view of events
Recollections certainly vary: The difference between Harry’s memory and the facts
Harry on King Henry VI
‘Henry was my great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.’
Henry VI only had one son, Edward of Westminster, who died as a teenager without any children.
The Xbox from his mum
Princess Diana bought him an Xbox before her death in 1997. It was presented to him after she died.
‘It was an Xbox. I was pleased. I loved video games..’ But he added: ‘That’s the story, anyway…I have no idea if it’s true.’
Microsoft’s first Xbox was released in 2001.
TK Maxx sale trips
I’d go to TK Maxx, the discount store. I was particularly fond of their once-a-year sale, when they’d be flush with items from Gap or J.Crew.
A spokesman for TK Maxx said: ‘Whilst we’re delighted Prince Harry is a big fan, we don’t actually do sales. Instead, we offer great value, style, and savings all year round.’
Bermuda posting for Sussexes
‘Camilla also suggested to Meg that I become Governor General of Bermuda, which would solve all our problems’
Bermuda does not have a Governor General.
Koh-i-Noor and the Queen Mother
Reflecting on the Queen Mother’s funeral and the jewels on her coffin, Harry said: ‘A 105-karat monster called the Koh-i-Noor. Largest diamond ever seen by human eyes. “Acquired” by the British Empire at its zenith. Stolen, some thought.’
The Cullinan Diamond is the largest diamond ever found. It was presented to King Edward VII and cut, with stones used in the Crown Jewels and other priceless items.
In a viral video that’s amassed over 2.1million views, TikTok user Paula compared the couple’s comments about their first date and said: ‘Please get something right!’
In response, one viewer wrote: ‘Recollections may vary…’
Another joked: ‘Maybe it was midnight blue?’
Prince Harry himself admits in the book that his memory became ‘patchy’ after the death of his mother Princess Diana.
But he then went on to say he could be ‘misremembering my own struggles with memory from back then’.
He said: ‘As a defence mechanism, most likely, my memory was no longer recording things quite as it once did.’
At one point, when recalling a trip to the late Queen’s Scottish estate, Balmoral, in the summer of 1997, he explained how he can recall, in ‘crisp detail’, ‘landscape, geography, architecture’ but struggles with ‘dates and dialogue’.
However, the prince revealed how months of therapy improved his ability to recall recollections from the past, including moments with his late mother.
Earlier this week, Prince Harry’s ghostwriter J.R. Moehringer came out in defence of the duke after readers highlighted other inaccuracies in his memoir.
Harry has been accused of a litany of factual errors, including claiming that he was descended from King Henry VI, saying he was given an Xbox before they were manufactured, and stating that Meghan’s father was bought a Mexico-London flight ticket on Air New Zealand, which does not fly that route.
Moehringer, who has also authored autobiographies for Andre Agassi and Nike co-founder Phil Knight, defended the book he was reportedly paid $1million to write.
Sharing an excerpt from Harry’s book, he emphasised that the prince himself admits at times that he is unsure of the accuracy all the details he shares, often saying this is due to trauma in his childhood. But in the same book he also insists: ‘It’s important that history has it right.’
Moehringer tweeted Harry’s words: ‘Whatever the cause, my memory is my memory… there’s just as much truth in what I remember and how I remember it as there is in so-called objective facts.’
He also tweeted a quote from Mary Karr, author of The Art of Memoir, which said: ‘The line between memory and fact is blurry, between interpretation and fact. There are inadvertent mistakes of those kind out of the wazoo.’
Moehringer has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing before he turned to ghostwriting books. Spare is the fastest selling non-fiction book in UK history, according to publisher Penguin.
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