Images That Debunk ‘The Spare’

By Sarah Jones 6 days ago

1. 'My father never hugged me.'

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In ‘The Spare, Harry is quoted to have said: “Pa didn't hug me. He wasn't great at showing emotions under normal circumstances.” While many internet users were quick to debunk this claim by sourcing the images like the one above, it turns out Harry was referring to the difficult time when his mom Princess Diana passed away.

2. 'My problem has never been with the monarchy, nor the concept of monarchy. It's been with the press.'

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While Prince Harry claims that he doesn’t have a problem with the monarchy, it seems that this might not be necessarily true. As his family IS the monarchy, and he’s now estranged from them, it suggests that Harry’s feelings might go well beyond just a dislike of the press.

3. Meghan's dad's Air NewZealand tickets were 'first class, booked, and paid for by Meg.'

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One inconsistency is ‘The Spare’ is Harry’s claim that Meghan bought her dad, Thomas Markle, a first-class plane ticket from the UK to Mexico via Air New Zealand. But it turns out this isn’t true. Air New Zealand said: “We've never had flights between Mexico and the UK. And we only have Business Premier.”

4. 'At Eton, while studying, I took a call... Your Royal Highness, the Queen Mother has died.'

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When the Queen Mother passed away in March 2002, Harry claims to have been at Eton when he got the call. However, as per reports from the time, Harry, who was then 17, wasn’t in the UK when the Queen Mother passed away. He was actually with Charles and William in Switzerland on a skiing holiday.

5. Camilla is 'in bed with the devil.'

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It’s alleged by Harry that Camilla was the person who leaked information to the press about him and Meghan in an effort to boost her own self-image. However, royal sources have disputed that the Queen Consort was responsible; instead, they claim it was one of Camilla’s aides that leaked information. But nobody outside of the Royal Family knows for certain who it was…

6. He was 'gifted with an Xbox'

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The royal claims that he was given an Xbox on his 13th birthday, just weeks after his mom Princess Diana died. He said that his aunt Sarah “appeared out of nowhere” with the present, which he was thrilled with. But it turns out the Xbox wasn’t actually released until 4 years later.

7. Henry VI is his 'ancestor'

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Historians have been quick to debunk Harry’s suggestion that he’s related to Henry VI. The Prince said the King was his “great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather”, but Henry’s only child was actually killed in the Wars of the Roses, so this can’t be true.

8. Meghan was wearing wearing 'a black sweatshirt, jeans and heels' on their first date

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Recalling their first meeting after weeks of messaging, the Prince says she was wearing a black sweatshirt, jeans and heels. He loved her “no frills” look at their first meeting, describing her as “heart-attack beautiful”. However, wife Meghan has previously revealed that she wore a blue dress for their first date.

9. He 'knew without question that this marriage [to Camilla] would take Pa away from us.'

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Some of the most shocking revelations from ‘The Spare’ detail Harry’s concern about Camilla. He says he ‘pleaded’ with his father Charles not to marry her, and had “mixed feelings” on the day of their wedding. Internet users have been quick to show Harry beaming throughout the day, but as the royal family are pretty well trained at smiling for the cameras, we’re not sure this disproves anything…

10. TK Maxx's 'once-a-year' sales

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One claim that has left readers amused was Prince Harry’s confidence in TK Maxx’s ‘once-a-year’ sales. “For my everyday casual clothes I’d go to TK Maxx, the discount store,” Harry said. “I was particularly fond of their once-a-year sale, when they’d be flush with items from Gap or J Crew, items that had just gone out of season or were slightly damaged.” While TK Maxx were delighted that the prince shopped with them, they politely noted that they “don’t actually do sales”.

11. William was 'glum at having so little say in what he wore to get married.'

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In his book, Harry writes about the nuptials of his brother William to his wife Kate. Wills wore the bright red uniform of the Irish Guards at the late Queen's insistence - despite, Harry claims, wanting to wear his Household Cavalry frock coat uniform. However, according to biographer Robert Hardman, he says that he talked to William shortly after his wedding, who said he was definitely not glum about the uniform he had to wear.

12. 'The public had been told that I was to be best man [at William's wedding] but that was a bare-faced lie.'

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While we’re on the subject of Will and Kate’s wedding, the appears to be another discrepancy – this time revolving around Harry’s role at the wedding. It was reported by the media that the Prince would be the best man, but according to ‘The Spare’, James Meade and Thomas van Straubenzee—two of William’s friends—were given the roles. The media is still rebuking these claims.

13. And his brother 'didn't want him to give a speech' on the big day

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Harry also said that his brother William didn’t want him to give a speech at his wedding to Catherine, but after all that, he DID end up saying a few words on the day. It was revealed that his then-girlfriend Chelsy Davy had proofread it, and removed a reference to Kate’s “killer legs”.

14. Meghan 'asked why she couldn't take a photo in front of the Taj Mahal'

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The Duke of Sussex claims he told his wife not to take a photo in front of the Taj Mahal – and she asked why. Harry says he told her that it was because his mom Diana has an iconic photo taken there, and he didn’t want people to think she was copying the late Princess. However, many of Meghan’s friends claim the Suits star was ‘obsessed’ with Diana when she was younger, so many internet users aren’t buying that Meghan didn’t know about this famous snap of Diana.

15. 'Stories began to appear everywhere' on William's alleged affair - and Charles and Camilla were behind it

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In his book, Harry blames Charles and Camilla for the leak about his brother’s alleged affair with Rose Hanbury. He said that “the leaking had obviously been abetted by the new spin doctor Camilla had talked Pa into hiring”, but unsurprisingly, the royal family has denied these claims, and have failed to acknowledge the alleged affair.

16. Meghan was in tears 'on the floor' after run-in with Kate

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While the press reported that it was Meghan who famously made Kate cry, Harry states that things were the other way round. After a lot of drama over Princess Charlotte’s flower girl dress, which saw Kate insist that all the flower girl and bridesmaid dresses should be remade four days before Harry and Meghan’s big day, Harry reports Meghan was super upset. However, the media are claiming that this is untrue.

17. When the press found out about Camilla and William's first meeting, 'none [of the details] had come from Willy.'

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The Spare really does go for the Queen Consort. The first-ever meeting between Camilla and William was leaked to the press – and Harry’s pretty set on who leaked it. He wrote: “None [of the details] had come from Willy, of course. They could only have been leaked by the one other person present”. It’s clear he’s insinuating that Camilla spilled the beans to journalists, but again, the royal family insists it was one of her aides, not her.

18. Queen Victoria was 'shot eight times, on eight separate occasions, by seven different subjects.'

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While Prince Harry has some pretty wild theories about the assassination attempts carried out on Queen Victoria, it seems they aren’t actually accurate. Queen Victoria was actually shot at a total of three times; on the other four other occasions, weapons were pointed at her, but they were either unloaded or failed to discharge.

19. Charles told Diana she had given him 'an heir and a spare'

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Harry tells readers what his father ‘allegedly said’ to Princess Diana at his birth in 1984: “Wonderful! Now you’ve given me an heir and a spare — my work is done”. Prince Harry then adds: “On the other hand, minutes after delivering this bit of high comedy, Pa was said to have gone off to meet his girlfriend”. But according to the late Diana’s book, what Prince Charles actually said was: “Oh, it’s a boy and he’s even got rusty hair” before he went off to play polo.

20. ‘The last thing Mummy saw on this Earth was a flashbulb.’

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The horrific death of Princess Diana will still be etched in a lot of people’s minds. After the crash in the Alma tunnel in Paris, there were photographers who were still trying to get snaps of the Princess despite her horrendous injuries. But it seems the last thing Diana saw was the medical staff who were treating her, as she was still actually conscious before she was transferred to hospital.

21. After Diana's funeral, 'it was suggested that we stop. People had been gathering all morning outside the front gates, some had begun leaving things.'

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Prince Harry has admitted that he has ‘little memory’ of his mother’s funeral at Balmoral, but he still went on to give some details about the day in his autobiography. While he believed his family’s car stopped to see some items the public left, and he reached out for his father’s hand, this scene actually didn’t take place. After the church service, the royal cars proceeded without stopping at the gates of Balmoral.

22. He wanted 'release a statement, hold a press conference, tell the world' that he didn't cheat on his Art A-level coursework

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A year after he left Eton, Harry was accused by an art teacher of cheating in A-level coursework. While the young Prince claims in ‘The Spare’ that Buckingham Palace wouldn’t let him make a statement, the Palace DID make a statement for him;  it strenuously denied the claims the day after the story broke.

23. Newspapers' began pushing a story that I was afraid to go into the Army, that I was bunking off.'

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According to his book, the press started pushing stories that Prince Harry was ‘bunking off’ from the army, and inventing injuries as a way of stalling his deployment. But when the Daily Mail decided to investigate this, the outlet couldn’t find a single newspaper that had reported on this story at the time.

24. 'Granny chose not to attend [my father's wedding].'

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It seems that Harry’s not always the best at remembering things. While the Duke of Sussex claimed the late Queen Elizabeth didn’t attend the wedding of Charles and Camilla, this isn’t exactly true; she didn’t attend the civil ceremony in Windsor Guildhall, but she DID the service and blessing – and even gave a speech at the reception.

25. 'He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor. I landed on the dog’s bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me.'

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One of the biggest revelations in ‘The Spare’ is the alleged fight between Harry and Will at Nottingham Cottage. But eagled-eyed fans discovered the above photo of Harry and Meghan’s kitchen at the cottage, which shows a stainless steel dog bowl. If it’s the same dog bowl in question, it wouldn’t have cracked under the prince’s weight.

26. ‘Before her [Meghan] were rows and rows of magazines and newspapers, and on all of them, under the most shocking and disgusting headlines . . . was her. The other customers noticed as well.'

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When wife Meghan walked from Kensington Palace to the nearby branch of Whole Foods back in November 2016, Harry says she stopped at the checkouts – and saw her own face splashed all over the magazines and newspapers. However, the Daily Mail decided to launch an investigation, and claim that on the day in question, November 10, Meghan didn’t feature on a single front page.

27. The Queen's corgis 'were all said to descend from the corgis that belonged to Queen Victoria.’

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Harry claims that he used to know the corgis, ‘living and dead, as if they were my cousins’. But it seems like he doesn’t, as his anecdote about Queen Victoria isn’t right. Victoria is said to have had more than a whopping 100 dogs in her lifetime and 28 different breeds – but never any corgis.

28. The Archbishop of Canterbury carried out an ‘a small ceremony, just the two of us, Guy and Pula [their dogs] the only witnesses. Unofficial, non-binding.'

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So did Harry and Meg secretly tie the knot before their wedding day? While ‘The Spare’ says so, Lambeth Palace says not. The archbishop was merely conducting a ‘rehearsal’ for the big day, and the couple recited their vows as planned. According to English marriage law, this is perfectly normal.

29. 'The first thing we saw after leaving church... were snipers on the rooftops.'

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It’s natural for the royal family to step up their security at big events- especially family weddings. But the Daily Mail claims that what Harry has written in his book is ‘misleading’ because police snipers are on duty at almost every major royal event, from Trooping the Colour to the State Opening of Parliament.

30. When dating Cressida Bonas, the press 'revealed [us] to be a couple.'

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After dating Cressida Bonas in secret for two years, the prince claims the press started hounding the couple from 2014. However, it seems that he’s got his years wrong; the couple actually started receiving a LOT of press attention from 2012 onwards from multiple outlets. The pair are said to have split amicably.

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