British palace allies refute Prince Harry’s claims

LONDON (AP) — Allies of the British royal family on Saturday refuted Prince Harry’s allegations. his new memoir, It paints the monarchy as a callous, callous institution that fails to foster or support him.

Buckingham Palace has not officially commented on the book. However, British newspapers and websites were flooded with quotes from unnamed “royal insiders” refuting Harry’s accusations. One said his public attack on the royal family had taken a “hit” to the health of Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September.

Veteran journalist Jonathan Dimbleby, a biographer and friend of Charles III, said Harry’s revelations were “the sort of thing you’d expect from a B-list celebrity” and that the King would be distressed and frustrated by them. said it would.

Mr Dimbleby told the BBC: “His concern is… acting as head of state knowing that we are all in pretty bad shape.” “He will find this disturbing.”

Harry’s book Spare is the latest in a series of very public statements by the prince and wife Meghan. quit royal life Moving to California in 2020, he cited what they saw as the media’s racist treatment of Meghan, who is biracial, and the lack of support from the palace.Continued interview with Oprah Winfrey . Six-part Netflix documentary Released last month.

Harry is not the first British royal to reveal family secrets. His parents used the media when their marriage fell apart. and revealed that the heir to the throne at the time was having an affair while married to Princess Diana.

In a BBC interview the following year, Diana famously said, “There were three of us in this marriage,” referring to Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles.

But “Spare” goes into much more detail about private conversations and personal grievances than previous royal revelations.

In the ghostwriter’s memoir, Harry describes his grief at the death of his mother in 1997 and his long-simmering resentment of the royal “spare” role overshadowed by his “heir” brother, Prince William. is talking about He recounts an altercation and physical altercation with William, reveals how he lost his virginity (in the field), and describes his use of cocaine and cannabis.

he also says he 25 Taliban fighters killed The claim was criticized by both the Taliban and British veterans while serving as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan.

‘Spare’ will be released worldwide on Tuesday. The Associated Press obtained an early Spanish copy.

Harry says he expects a counterattack from the palace. He has long complained about the “leaks” and “plants” of articles to the media by members of the royal family.

In an interview scheduled to air on ITV on Sunday — one of several interviews he taped to promote the book — Harry said those who accused him of invading his family’s privacy were saying, “My The family is briefing the press.”

“I don’t know if things will get better if we keep quiet,” he said.