Prince Harry returned to the Nazi outfit scandal in the Harry & Meghan documentary.
The Duke of Sussex has expressed his regret over the controversy over the photos that appeared in the press in 2005.
It is one of the biggest scandals of the British crown. In 2005, Prince Harry dons a Nazi officer’s outfit for a private fancy dress party. Prince Charles’ son is on the front page of the tabloid The Sun. The image goes around the world. At the time, Prince Harry was forced to apologize to the press, saying: “I’m so sorry if I shocked or made anyone feel uncomfortable. It was a poor costume choice and I I apologize.” More than 15 years later, this case pursues him. A page on which the husband of Meghan Markle wanted to speak in his documentary Harry & Meghan, broadcast on Netflix Thursday, December 8. “It’s probably one of the biggest mistakes of my life, he admitted. I was covered in shame after that.”
“I wanted to catch up, he said again. I went to meet the chief rabbi of London and it had a profound impact on me. I went to Berlin and I spoke to a survivor Holocaust. If I had acted as if nothing had happened, I would have made the same mistakes again. But I learned a lesson.” At the time, even the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs reacted publicly: “Using the symbols of Nazism is always appalling, especially for us here in Israel and for the Jewish population”, denounced Silvan Shalom during a televised address.
Media coverage from which Prince Harry suffered
Prince Harry tried to live a “normal” youth. Parties, drunken outings, cigarettes, love affairs… Prince William’s little brother is enjoying his student life but has to deal with media attention. His behavior clashes with the rigor to which the members of the British royal family hold themselves. This image of an inveterate party animal will remain stuck to his skin. “Not all the stories were false. But there were a lot of exaggerations and reinterpretations, confided Prince Harry to Netflix. He drinks, he takes drugs, he goes out late at night, he goes to nightclubs, He’s got a girlfriend here, he’s got a girlfriend over there. What’s going on?”
Setbacks that will not have marred his relationship with Meghan Markle, which began in 2016. Despite media pressure and royal protocol, the prince married the American actress on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, during a wedding watched by millions of people around the world. Meghan Markle, a “wind of freshness” for some, a divorced and mixed-race American who learned the rules of the monarchy on the job.
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