Prince Harry blamed Prince William and his sister-in-law Kate Middleton for his notorious appearance at a costume party wearing a Nazi uniform in 2005.
The Duke of Sussex says in his new memoir, where he is expected to detail stepping down from royal duties along with his wife Meghan, they both thought it was funny.
Harry claims he was considering the Nazi uniform or a pilot’s outfit for a ‘native and colonial’ themed event and called his brother and sister-in-law for their opinion.
I called Willy and Kate, asked what they thought. Nazi uniform, they said,” Harry wrote, according to Page Six.
Prince Harry partially blamed both his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton for his infamous appearance at a costume party in a Nazi uniform.
They both howled. Worse than Willy’s leotard outfit! Much more ridiculous! Which, again, was the point.
The outfit became a major scandal when Harry, then 20, was photographed wearing Nazi regalia.
The story made global headlines after a picture of Harry, then 20, in uniform, graced the front page of The Sun newspaper.
The Duke of Sussex wore the Nazi uniform at a party hosted by Olympic 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 a pilot’s uniform to the party.
Harry said of William and Kate, seen here in 2020: ‘I called Willy and Kate, asked what they thought. Nazi uniform, they said,’ Harry wrote, according to Page Six. They both howled. Worse than Willy’s leotard outfit! Much more ridiculous! Which, again, was the point.
The theme of the event, held to mark 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 had worn a military-style jacket with a German flag on the arm.
Harry had arrived with his older brother, Prince William, who was reportedly wearing a skintight black leotard with a leopard-skin pattern and a matching leopard-skin tail and legs.
A guest told the Daily Mail afterwards: “If this was his idea of a joke, then he went down like a lead balloon.”
Harry issued a humiliating apology shortly after the image was posted.
He said: ‘I am very sorry if I have caused any offense or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor wardrobe choice and I apologize.
Harry had previously addressed the incident in his new Netflix series that dressing as a Nazi was one of the “biggest mistakes” of his life.
The Duke of Sussex expressed his contrition for his 2005 mistake, speaking in the third episode of his and wife Meghan Markle’s new Netflix show.
Harry expressed his regret, saying ‘all he wanted to do was fix it’.
Harry (pictured in 2004) issued a humiliating apology shortly after the image was posted. He said: ‘I am very sorry if I have caused any offense or embarrassment to anyone. It was a bad wardrobe choice and I apologize.”
Prince Harry has said in his new Netflix series that dressing as a Nazi was one of the ‘biggest mistakes’ of his life
He said he met with the Chief Rabbi and also spoke with a Holocaust survivor as part of efforts to repair the damage caused by the blunder.
At the time, the Chief Rabbi was Jonathan Sacks, who passed away in 2020.
The Duke of Sussex said: ‘It was one of the biggest mistakes of my life.
‘I felt so embarrassed afterwards.
‘All I wanted to do was get it right. I sat down and spoke with the Chief Rabbi in London, which had a profound impact on me.
I went to Berlin and spoke to a Holocaust survivor.
“I could have gone up and ignored and made the same mistakes over and over again in my life, but I learned from it.”
Spare tells Harry’s story with “raw, unflinching honesty,” according to Penguin Random House.
Publishing sources said that the arrangements for the publication of Harry’s ‘explosive’ memoirs were closely guarded and handled in detail, with only a handful of top executives privy to the exact details.
Deliveries to bookstores are being scheduled at the last minute to prevent the leak of unauthorized copies. Guarded sites around the world have been secured to house 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 was determined her young fans wouldn’t ruin the experience by learning the fate of the boy wizard before reading the seventh and final book. series novel.
An army of guards, satellite tracking systems and legal contracts were deployed to protect the first 10 million copies of the new Harry Potter book. When the finished manuscript was carried by hand from London to New York, a lawyer for the American publisher sat on it during the flight.