The Duke of Sussex has denied boasting about killing 25 Taliban while serving as a soldier, as he warned against a “very dangerous” distortion of his memoir.
Most were sparked by Spare, which became Britain’s fastest-selling non-fiction book on Tuesday, as Harry wrote that he had “taken lives” while serving as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan.
“Well, my number is 25. It’s not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but it doesn’t embarrass me either,” he wrote.
The 38-year-old told Stephen Colbert it was “hurting and challenging” to watch the reactions following the book’s publication.
“Without a doubt, the most dangerous lie they’ve told is that I sort of boasted about the number of people I killed in Afghanistan,” Harry said on The Late Show.
Noting the context in which the reference appeared in the book, he said, “I would say if I heard someone brag about something like that, I would be furious. But it’s a lie.
“And hopefully now that the book is out people can see the context and it’s – it’s really disturbing and very disturbing that they’re getting 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 off and just said “here it is, he’s bragging about it”.
“If, as you say, you’ve read it and hopefully everyone else will have a chance to read it, and that’s dangerous.
“My words are not dangerous, but the twist of my words is very dangerous.”
Admiral Lord West, a former chief of the Royal Navy, had previously called the Duke “very stupid” for revealing details of his killings by the Taliban.
The retired admiral told the Sunday Mirror that the Invictus Games – due to take place in Dusseldorf, Germany in 2023 – will have “serious security issues” because of their direct link to Harry.
The international multi-sport event for wounded, injured and ill servicewomen and men, which the Duke is sponsoring, will be a prime target for those seeking revenge, Lord West said.
“The Taliban will (read Harry’s claims about killing fighters and) think there’s this prince who calls us all chess pieces and is quite happy to kill us.
“And I’m sure there will be a lot of people in Islamic State and other terrorist organizations who will think that this is something that should be avenged.”
Harry said he was driven by the goal of discussing his killings to reduce veteran suicides.
“I chose to share it because after nearly two decades of working with veterans around the world, I feel the most important thing is to be honest and give others space to share their experiences without shame. ‘ he said to Colbert.
“And my whole goal, my attempt to share that detail, is to reduce the number of suicides.
The Colbert interview caps Harry’s press run for his headline-grabbing autobiography, which has topped the record books with 400,000 hardcover, e-book and audio format copies.
The book includes claims that the Prince of Wales physically assaulted him 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.
Harry said in an interview that the Duchess of Cornwall was a “bad guy” and “dangerous” and accused her of trying to rehabilitate her image at the expense of his.
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/film-tv/news/harry-denies-boasting-about-taliban-kills-as-he-cautions-against-spin-42277642.html Harry denies bragging about Taliban kills as he warns of ‘spin’