Prince Harry condemns ‘dangerous lie’ he ‘bragged’ about Taliban killings


Prince Harry has denied boasting about killing 25 Taliban soldiers while serving as a soldier, as he warned of a “very dangerous” spin on his memoir.

Protests were sparked by Reservewhich became the UK’s fastest-selling non-fiction book on Tuesday (January 10) as Harry wrote that he had been involved in “taking human lives” while serving as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan.

“So my number is 25. It’s not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but it doesn’t embarrass me either,” he wrote.

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The 38-year-old told Stephen Colbert it had been “hurtful and challenging” to see the reactions following the book’s publication.

“Without a doubt, the most dangerous lie they’ve told is that I was somehow bragging about the number of people I killed in Afghanistan,” Harry said in an interview. The Late Show.

He noted the context in which the reference appeared in the book, before saying, “I would say, if I heard someone brag about things like that, I would be angry. But it’s a lie.

“And hopefully now that the book is out, people will be able to see the context, and that’s it — it’s really disturbing and very disturbing that they can get away with it.

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“Because they had the context. It wasn’t like ‘here’s just one line’ – they had the whole section, they ripped it up and just said ‘here it is, he’s bragging about it’.

“If, as you say, you’ve read it and hopefully everyone gets a chance to read it, and that’s dangerous.

“My words are not dangerous, but the spin of my words is very dangerous.”

Admiral Lord West, former head of the Royal Navy, had previously called the duke “very stupid” for giving details of his Taliban killings.

The retired admiral told the Sunday mirror that the Invictus Games – to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany in 2023 – will have “serious security issues” due to their direct connection to Harry.

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The international multi-sport event for wounded, wounded and sick servicemen and women, of which the Duke is a patron, will be a prime target for those seeking vengeance, Lord West said.

“The Taliban will read (Harry’s claims of killing fighters and) think there is a prince who calls us all chess pieces and is very happy to kill us.

“And I’m sure there will be many people in Islamic State and other terrorist organizations who will think this is something to be avenged.”

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Harry said he was driven to discuss his killings with the aim of reducing veteran suicides.

“I’ve chosen to share it because I’ve worked with veterans around the world for almost two decades. I think the most important thing is to be honest and give space to others to share their experiences without any embarrassment, he said to Colbert.

“And my whole goal, my attempt to share that detail, is to reduce the suicide rate.

The Colbert interview closes Harry’s print run for his autobiography, pushed into the record books with 400,000 hardback, e-book and audio format copies snapped up.

The book contains claims that the Prince of Wales physically assaulted him and plagued him with his panic attacks, and that the King put his own interests before Harry’s and was jealous of the Duchess of Sussex and the Princess of Wales.

Harry said in an interview that the Queen Consort was a “scoundrel” and “dangerous”, accusing her of restoring her image at the expense of his.

Follow live updates on Prince Harry’s new memoir here.

Additional reporting by agencies