Prince Harry admits he watches The Crown and ‘fact-checks’ the Netflix series01/11/2023
The Duke of Sussex has admitted he watches and fact-checks the Netflix series The Crown.
Prince Harry has been on an interview spree these past few days as his highly anticipated memoir Spare was released yesterday, 10 January, which has included several bombshells.
The book has become the UK's fastest selling non-fiction book ever.
Speaking with the host of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert, on Tuesday night in the US, Harry said he has watched The Crown – “the older stuff and the more recent stuff” from the show.
In his final interview about the release of his new book, Spare, the duke compared The Crown to his memoir, saying it is “important history has it right”.
At the end of the interview, CBS presenter Colbert asked: “You’ve watched The Crown, right? You’ve got to have watched some of The Crown, right?”
Harry looked at the audience and paused briefly before saying: “There’s people laughing at that – yes, I have actually watched The Crown.”
“The recent stuff or the older stuff?” Colbert asked.
The duke replied: “The older stuff and the more recent stuff.”
Colbert continued: “Do you fact-check it while you watch it?”
Harry then jokingly pretended to take out a notepad and mimed taking notes before laughing: “Yes, I do actually.”
He then pointed to a copy of his book and added: “Which, by the way, is another reason why it’s important that history has it right.”
His words come after Netflix added a disclaimer to the description of the trailer for series five, which was released in November last year.
The streaming service faced calls to add a statement at the start of each episode, saying The Crown is a “fictionalised drama”.
Before series five was released, actress Dame Judi Dench argued that the show had begun to verge on “crude sensationalism”, and former prime minister Sir John Major was said to have described some of the forthcoming scenes as “malicious nonsense”.
During the interview on The Late Show, Prince Harry also teamed up with Tom Hanks as they poked fun at the monarchy in an original comedy sketch.
He was greeted arriving at the TV studio in New York by men dressed as ceremonial guards with trumpets. But as the Duke walked down a red carpet, Colbert, the host, told him: "This isn't for you. Get out of the way. He's coming!"
Tom Hanks then appeared and the Duke threw rose petals at him. The royal guards wore insignia with a crown and the letters "LS," standing for "Late Show".
During the interview, Prince Harry also denied boasting about his number of Taliban kills from when he was in the army.
After a snippet from his book was leaked last week, where the Prince revealed that his "number" is 25, he went on the show to say that it had been “hurtful and challenging” watching the reactions following the book’s publication.
“Without a doubt, the most dangerous lie that they have told, is that I somehow boasted about the number of people that I killed in Afghanistan,” Harry said on The Late Show.
He noted the context in which the reference appeared in the book, before saying: “I should say, if I heard any one boasting about that kind of thing, 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 it is – it’s really troubling and very disturbing that they can get away with it.
“Because they had the context. It wasn’t like ‘here’s just one line’ – they had the whole section, they ripped it away and just said ‘here it is, he’s boasting on this’.
“When as you say, you’ve read it and hopefully everyone else will be able to have the chance to read it , and that’s dangerous.
“My words are not dangerous, but the spin of my words are very dangerous.”
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