Prince Harry blames William and Kate for the Nazi costume

Left: The sun cover in question. Right: The Princes in 2005.

Left: The Sun coverage in question. Right: The Princes in 2005.
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prince harry’s new memoirs, spare part, won’t be out until January 10th, but at this rate all of its big bombshells will have been revealed by the time the book is available to the masses. In an excerpt reported by the Guardian Wednesday night, Harry claims a fight over his wife Meghan Markle with his brother Prince William became physical and William pinned him to the ground leaving marks on his back. Additionally, page six revealed that in the book, Harry fault William and Kate (née Middleton, now Princess of Wales) for his infamous public appearance in a Nazi costume in 2005.

For the “Colonial and Native” theme party (sometimes the British aristocracy is just too painful, terrible itself), Harry had two choices: Pilot or Nazi. Just think about it for a second… Pilot or Nazi. Pilot…or Nazis. Pilot or…Nazi-. We all know which one he chose –Then whathe says it was at William (whom he calls Willy, lol) and Kate’s urging that he decided to model himself after a Third Reich soldier.

He called her for advice: “Nazi uniform, they said.” When he tried it on for her, “they both cried,” he writes aloud page six. It was “a lot more ridiculous” than old Willy’s plan to wear a homemade lion costume — “which, again, was the point.”

The prince with a massive swastika armband made the front page of the Sun— an invasive, right-wing British tabloid that Harry and Meghan have since resisted waged legal war (for an entirely different matter) – and Harry was rightly roundly criticized. He was 20 and William 22 at the time.

A 2020 book by royal historian Robert Lacey recommended that this moment was the beginning of Harry’s falling out with his family: his brother was expected to teach him how to behave in a manner befitting a prince, and apparently he did the opposite – and then left him left to their own devices in the face of public scrutiny.

And sure, on the one hand, it seems like Will and Harry’s relationship is already destined to sour: As Guardian Columnist Gaby Hinsliff wrote of the shove incident (but likely extends to much of their relationship), in Harry’s eyes William “acted like an heir: the chosen one around whom everything else seems to revolve”. This will not go down well with either brother, true as it may be.

On the other hand, Harry was an adult – “Nazi” shouldn’t have been in his costume rotation – and is an even older adult now. At age 38, blaming his brother (and sister-in-law) for one of the most offensive things he’s ever done feels childish at best and willfully refuses to be held accountable at worst. (All of this, of course, is made worse in the context of the Windsors’ history Nazi sympathetic family members.)

For a book that was basically kept under wraps In front his release, spare part‘s juiciest details are sure to make the rounds. But given the reception Meghan and Harry’s Netflix documentaries received in December (it was far considered being a bit boring and not being particularly thoughtful or perceptive), the cynic in me suspects her team wants to guarantee the public that it’s the couple this time self-induced overexposure comes with some suitably scandalous stories. Prince Harry blames William and Kate for the Nazi costume

Adam Bradshaw

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