Prince Harry has blamed Prince William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton for their infamous 2005 appearance at a costume party dressed in Nazi uniforms.
The Duke of Sussex says in his new memoir – where he is expected to step down from royal duties with wife Meghan – they both thought it was funny.
Harry claims he was considering either a Nazi uniform or a pilot’s outfit at the ‘Native and Colonial’-themed event and called on his brother and sister-in-law for their opinion.
‘I rang Willie and Kate, asked what they thought. Nazi uniform, he said,’ Harry wrote, according to page six,
Prince Harry partially blames both his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton for their infamous appearance at a costume party dressed in Nazi uniforms.
‘ they both shouted. Worse than Willie’s leotard outfit! Far more funny! Which, again, was the point.’
When Harry, then 20, was photographed wearing Nazi regalia, the outfit became a major scandal.
The story made global headlines after an image of the then 20-year-old Harry in uniform appeared on the front page of The Sun newspaper.
The Duke of Sussex wore a Nazi uniform to a party thrown by Olympic show jumper Richard Meade.
Harry – seen here with William at the unveiling of a statue dedicated to his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in 2021 – asked Will and Kate for advice on whether to wear a Nazi uniform or pilot uniform to the party
Harry said of William and Kate, seen here in 2020: ‘I rang Willie and Kate, asked what they thought. Nazi uniform, he said,’ Harry wrote, according to Page Six. ‘ they both shouted. Worse than Willie’s leotard outfit! Far more funny! Which, again, was the point.’
The theme of the event, organized to celebrate the birthday of Mr Meade’s son Harry, was ‘Native and Colonial’.
Harry wore the desert uniform of General Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps.
Earlier in the evening, he wore an army-style jacket with a German flag in his hand.
Harry arrived with his older brother, Prince William, who reportedly wore a skin-tight black leotard with a leopard-skin pattern and a matching leopard tail and paws.
A guest later told the Daily Mail: ‘If it was his idea of a joke it went down like a lead balloon.’
Harry issued a heartfelt apology shortly after the image was published.
He said: ‘I am very sorry if I have caused anyone offense or embarrassment. It was a poor choice of outfit and I apologise.
Harry previously addressed the incident in his new Netflix series, saying that dressing up as a Nazi was one of the ‘biggest mistakes’ of his life.
The Duke of Sussex expressed his regret for his 2005 blunder, speaking in the third episode of his and his wife Meghan Markle’s new Netflix show.
Harry expressed his regret and said ‘All I wanted to do was make it right.’
Harry (pictured in 2004) issued a sincere apology soon after the image was published. He said: ‘I am very sorry if I have caused anyone offense or embarrassment. It was a poor choice of outfit and I apologise’
Prince Harry says dressing up as a Nazi was one of the ‘biggest mistakes’ of his life in his new Netflix series
He said he met the chief rabbi and also spoke to a Holocaust survivor as part of efforts to repair the damage done by Gough.
At the time, the chief rabbi was Jonathan Sachs, who died in 2020.
The Duke of Sussex said: ‘It was one of the biggest mistakes of my life.
‘I felt very embarrassed afterwards.
‘All I wanted to do was get it right. I sat and talked with the chief rabbi in London, who had a profound effect on me.
‘I went to Berlin and talked to a Holocaust survivor.
‘I could have gone on and ignored it and made the same mistakes over and over again in my life, but I learned from that.’
According to Penguin Random House, Spare tells Harry’s story with ‘raw, unflinching honesty’.
Publication sources said the release of Harry’s ‘explosive’ memoir was closely arranged and managed down to the tiniest detail, with only a handful of senior officials aware of the exact details.
Deliveries to bookstores are being scheduled at the last minute to avoid unauthorized copies being leaked. Protected sites around the world have been secured to hold copies of the book prior to distribution.
One compared the sophisticated security operation to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007, when JK Rowling determined that her young fans would have the experience of learning the boy wizard’s fate before reading the seventh and final novel in the series. Will not spoil.
An army of guards, satellite tracking systems and legal contracts were deployed to protect the 10 million first copies of the new Harry Potter book. When the finished manuscript was carried from London to New York by hand, a lawyer for the American publisher sat on it during the flight.
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