Six Prince Harry Spare claims causing doubt – and one proven to be completely untrue

While Prince Harry made a number of serious accusations in his eagerly awaited biography, which on Tuesday became the UK’s fastest selling non-fiction book, several of his claims have left readers perplexed.

A number of the claims made in the 407-page book are already under question by readers, royal experts and even people who were there at the time. Here’s a look at some of the allegations under the microscope.

Camilla leaked information to press

Harry has accused his stepmother Camilla of leaking information to the media regarding her first-ever meeting with his brother Prince William.

He claims that Camilla must be responsible for the leaks since William would not have revealed these details. However, royal sources have been quick to rubbish these accusations, protesting the Queen Consorts innocence.

According toThe Telegraph, Camilla had confided in a former aide, hired in 1998, about the meeting. According to reports, this assistant repeated the conversation to her husband, who in turn told a coworker, who in turn notified a newspaper.

The assistant later apologised and left the office, releasing a statement saying: "It is a matter of great regret to me that chance remarks of mine led to the disclosure in the press of the private meeting between Mrs Parker Bowles and Prince William.

“I am so very sorry for the distress this has caused. Above all, my shame is that I have failed those who demand loyalty and trust, particularly my remarkable employer Mrs Parker Bowles.

“I am very sorry to be leaving but as the person responsible for this unhappy chain of events, I cannot with honour remain in this position."

Queen mother death

The Duke of Sussex described in the book the moment he learned that the Queen Mother, his great-grandmother, had passed away in March 2002.

Harry wrote: "At Eton, while studying, I took a call. I wish I could remember whose voice was at the other end; a courtier's, I believe.

"I recall that it was just before Easter, the weather was bright and warm, light slanting through my window, filled with vivid colours. Your Royal Highness, the Queen Mother has died."

But reports from the time say that the Prince, who was 17, wasn't even in the UK, instead away skiing in Switzerland with his father and brother.

At the time in 2002, Buckingham Palace issued the following statement: "The Queen, with the greatest sadness, has asked for the following announcement to be made immediately: Her beloved mother, Queen Elizabeth, died peacefully in her sleep this afternoon.”

A BBC News online report from the time also adds: "William and Harry [were] away skiing in Klosters when the 101-year-old died in her sleep."

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told GB News: "This is a serious error in a hugely controversial book.

"That Harry is clearly wrong in his recollection of the facts as to where he was when the Queen Mother died leaves doubt as to how closely this book has been fact-checked.

"One wonders how many other factual errors are to be found within its pages."

Harry claims he was gifted Xbox four years before they existed

Right at the beginning for the book Harry describes his 13th birthday in 1997, just a few weeks after the devastating passing of his mother Princess Diana.

Asked to make a wish, the young boy was thinking of Diana when "out of nowhere" his aunt Sarah appeared holding a box. Unwrapping it, he had received an Xbox, bought for him by his mother before her untimely death.

However, the Xbox wasn't actually available to buy until four years later.

In Spare, Harry did caveat: "That's the story, anyway. It's appeared in many accounts of my life, as gospel, and I have no idea if it's true. Pa said Mummy hurt her head, but perhaps I was the one with brain damage? As a defence mechanism, most likely, my memory was no longer recording things quite as it once did."

Contradiction over first date outfit

A keen eye will also question the page where Harry describes Meghan's attire for their first date at Soho House.

Recalling their first meeting, Harry describes Meghan’s black sweatshirt, jeans and heels, adding that his future-wife was “heart-attack beautiful”. However, elsewhere Meghan previously revealed that she wore a blue dress on their first date, even having a thread from the dress sewn into her veil as her “something blue”.

However, it’s possible that Harry simply got the dates mixed up as Harry recalls Meghan wearing a blue dress on their second date.

Charles and Camilla's wedding

Harry details in the book how he begged his father not to wed Queen Consort Camilla after his mother’s death, saying that the union would "trigger controversy" and invite comparison.

He later described the couple's wedding day in April 2005, saying he had conflicting emotions because he "knew without question that this marriage would take Pa away from us."

However, Grant Harrold, a former royal butler who worked for Charles and Camilla for seven years, recalls an excitable Harry at their nuptials.

Speaking with Spin Genie, he said: "I was there for the wedding, the engagement. I promise you from my point of view and as I say, I wasn’t there every single second so I can’t guarantee what conversations took place but when I was around they all got on. [Harry and William] supported their father, they were very excited about it and they were there at the actual wedding as well.

"I saw when the cars drove off after the wedding, there was William and Harry running after the cars with the cans. Why would you do that? If you were so against it you wouldn’t even go outside."

Queen's death news

Harry described the day last September when his grandmother the Queen passed away at her Balmoral home in the book's epilogue

In the UK at the time, he rushed to be with his grandmother in her dying moments, but he, as well as other members of his royal family, arrived too late. Harry recalls a text from Meghan telling him to call her, prompting him to check the BBC website where he learnt of his grandmother’s death.

However, royal insiders have maintained Prince Harry was informed of the Queen's passing before a formal announcement confirming it was made public.

One told theTelegraph: "The King was adamant that the official statement must not be released until all members of the family had been informed. That was a father talking because he cares."

'Glum' William's wedding uniform

In addition to sharing previously unheard information about his own wedding, Harry also documents the marriage of his brother William and Kate.

On April 29, 2011, they were married at Westminster Abbey, with Kate in a gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown. The late Queen insisted that William don the Irish Guards' signature bright red uniform, despite, according to Harry, William preferring to wear his Household Cavalry frock coat uniform.

In Spare, Harry reveals: "Willy was glum at having so little say in what he wore to get married, at having his autonomy taken from him on such an occasion. He'd told me several times that he felt frustrated."

However, writing in the Daily Mail, biographer Robert Hardman said: "When I interviewed Prince William about his wedding a few weeks after the event for my book, Our Queen, he not only had fond memories of the Queen’s insistence on his choice of uniform. He was very funny about it and laughed a lot."


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