Prince Harry hits back at ‘shameful’ claim he said ‘Brits need to learn a lesson’

Prince Harry has hit back at a report claiming he said “Brits need to learn a lesson” before his bombshell interview with Oprah.

The Sun newspaper also claimed in an article at the weekend that a “gloating” Harry “boasted” to a friend that the Royal Family would find the interview “quite shocking”.

The report comes just days before a Netflix documentary featuring the Sussexes is set to drop. The couple has described it as a chance to “hear our story from us”.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes described the report as a “baseless hit piece masquerading as journalism”.

They added: “This story is riddled with inaccuracies, not least of which is a quote erroneously attributed to Prince Harry. To accuse a man who spent 10 years serving his country of wanting to teach that same country a lesson is not only an attempted distraction but an unfortunate and predictable tabloid strategy.

“To pit him against his country is shameful and manipulative, especially when Prince Harry has never spoken ill of the British public.”

In the 2021 interview with Oprah, the Sussexes made a series of claims about life in the royal household.

In one particularly shocking moment, Meghan said she had experienced suicidal thoughts and had got to the stage where she “just didn’t want to be alive anymore”. She also accused the palace of refusing to help her.

“I went to the institution, and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help,” she said. “I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”

The couple also alleged that racist comments had been made within the Royal Family over “concerns” about how dark Archie’s skin might be.

The duke and duchess later confirmed the late Queen and Prince Philip did not make the comments.

At the time, the palace released a statement on behalf of the Queen saying the issue of race was “concerning”, but that “recollections may vary”.

Harry and Meghan’s Netflix six-part documentary is fast approaching with the Royal Family reported being bracing themselves for more unwelcome headlines.

The first-look trailer which was released last week has already attracted controversy. Netflix has said the series will feature “friends and family who have never spoken publicly about the couple’s relationship before”.

The streaming giant has also revealed that “historians and journalists” will appear in the project.

They will explain how the media has “influenced Harry and Meghan’s relationship with the Royal Family and the Commonwealth at large”.