Prince Harry Spare: Air New Zealand reveals two loopholes in claims about Meghan Markle’s father Thomas
New questions have been raised about the accuracy of Prince Harry’s explosive memoir about an Air New Zealand flight the airline says never flew.
In his telling autobiography, Spare, Harry wrote that Meghan bought Thomas Markle a first-class ticket from Mexico to the UK so he could escape concerns about harassment in his adopted homeland.
That ticket was from Air New Zealand, the Duke of Sussex claimed.
“We told him leave Mexico immediately: a whole new level of harassment is about to rain down on you, so come to the UK. Now,” revealed an excerpt from Spare.
“Air New Zealand, first class, booked and paid for by Meg.”
But Air New Zealand has said it has never operated flights between Mexico and the United Kingdom.
“We have never had flights between Mexico and the UK. And we only have Business Premier,” an Air NZ spokesman told the New Zealand Herald.
Harry claimed in Spare that Meghan bought Thomas Markle a first-class Air NZ ticket from Mexico to the UK so he could avoid harassment in his adopted homeland
Before and after Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2018, Mr Markle was the subject of media scrutiny.
There was speculation as to whether he would attend the wedding at Windsor Castle.
Prince Harry’s telltale autobiography, Spare, was officially launched in the UK at midnight on Tuesday and in Australia and New Zealand on Wednesday morning
The book reveals that the Sussexes rejected the late Queen’s suggestion that Meghan should fly to Mexico to try to salvage her relationship with her father (pictured).
The official reason he didn’t participate was because he was recovering from heart surgery
The book reveals that the Sussexes rejected the late Queen’s suggestion that Meghan should fly to Mexico and try to salvage her relationship with her father.
Other questions about the accuracy of the bomb memoirs were raised after observant readers found other inaccuracies on social media.
In Spare, the Duke writes of his “great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather”, King Henry VI, who founded Eton College and died in 1471 – despite the fact that Henry VI’s direct lineage after his son Edward of Westminster died a childless teenager at the Battle of Tewkesbury.
In Spare the Duke writes about his “great-great-great-great-great-grandfather”, King Henry VI. (above), who founded Eton College and died in 1471
Historians and pundits have criticized the inaccuracy and lack of fact-checking for a non-fiction project said to have cost £16m ($20m).
Prince Harry’s actual great-great-great-great-great-grandfather was King George III, who reigned from 1760 to 1811, more than three centuries after the death of Henry VI.
Historians were quick to take to social media to question the accuracy of Harry’s connection to Henry VI, the last of the Lancastrian dynasty.
Royal correspondent Patricia Treble pointed out the genealogical error and the fact that Henry VI. After the death of his son in 1471 he had no descendants.
Others blamed the memoir’s ghostwriter, award-winning American journalist and author JR Moehringer, for Henry VI’s error.
The Duke also bizarrely claimed he received an Xbox as a gift from his aunt, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, for his 13th birthday in 1997 – although the best-selling device didn’t arrive in the United States until four years later in 2001.
Harry’s connection to Henry VI. was debunked by experts who took to social media
He writes: “I tore up the wrapping paper, the ribbon. I peeked inside… It was an Xbox. I was pleased. I loved video games.
“Anyway, that’s the story. It has appeared as gospel in many accounts of my life and I have no idea if it is true. Pa said Mom hurt her head but maybe I was the one with brain damage?’
The Duke’s retelling of learning of the Queen Mother’s death has also been questioned, with many arguing he was in Klosters, Switzerland, not Eton College in Windsor, the weekend his grandmother died , United Kingdom.
The Duke of Sussex wrote in meticulous detail about a call he received while studying at Eton College, telling him that his great-grandmother had died on March 30, 2002.
He writes: “While studying at Eton, I answered the phone. I wish I could remember whose voice was on the other end; a courtier, I believe. I remember it was just before Easter, the weather was bright and warm, and light slanted through my window, filled with vibrant colors.’
Resurfaced photos appear to place the prince in Klosters, Switzerland, the weekend the Queen Mother died
Prince Harry is in a car as he and his brother, Prince William, and father, Prince Charles, drive home from a ski trip in Klosters
Princes William and Harry and their father Prince Charles with the Queen Mother during celebrations for her 101st birthday on August 4, 2001
However, resurfaced photos show Harry posing alongside his brother William and father Charles in a media briefing on March 29, having recently shaken off a bout of glandular fever to hit the slopes in time.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline: “The evidence shows that he was undoubtedly at Klosters when the Queen Mother died.
“This portrait of Eton, ‘the weather is bright and warm, the light slanted… vivid colours’, is therefore inaccurate.”
Spare was officially launched in Australia on Wednesday, although the launch was sparsely attended.
It also includes claims that the Prince of Wales physically assaulted his brother and teased him about his panic attacks and that the King put his own interests ahead of Harry’s and was jealous of the Duchess of Sussex and Princess of Wales.
Today Show reporter Gabrielle Boyle was filming a live crossing from Dymocks bookshop in Sydney’s CBD on Wednesday morning as she joked she would need a “stiff drink” to get through the Duke of Sussex’s book.
Today reporter Gabrielle Boyle (pictured) couldn’t resist slamming Prince Harry on the day his much-anticipated memoir Spare was released in Australia
The segment began with Today host Lara Vella asking Boyle, “Gabby, the bookstores here are hoping for long lines. Is anyone outside yet?’
Boyle laughed sheepishly as she looked around the deserted street and replied, “Well, not yet, Lara. It’s a few hours [to go] still.’
She later said Dymocks offered customers a free hot drink with every purchase, before adding pointedly, “I think if I had to read the whole book I would need a free stiff drink.”
The memoir currently tops the list of best selling books in Australia with website Amazon.
Spare was released in the UK at midnight on Tuesday and publishers claimed it was already the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time.
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