Prince Harry questioned after Queen Mother error in ‘Spare’

Recollections may vary.

Prince Harry’s credibility is being called into question following an apparent error in his controversial memoir, “Spare,” about his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s death.

In the book, the Duke of Sussex, 38, recalls the exact moment he was alerted that the late Queen Elizabeth II’s mother, Elizabeth the Queen Mother, died in March 2002.

Harry claims he was at his posh UK boarding school, Eton, when he learned that she had passed away in her sleep at the age of 101.

“At Eton, while studying, I took a call. I wish I could remember whose voice was at the other end; a courtier’s, I believe,” the prince wrote.

He continued, “I remember that it was just before Easter, the weather was bright and warm, light slanting through my window, filled with vivid colors. Your Royal Highness, the Queen Mother has died.”

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Prince Harry’s inaccurate account of the Queen Mother’s death signals that there could be other inconsistencies in his memoir, “Spare.”
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However, several reports contradict Harry’s claim that he was at school, stating that he was actually on a ski trip in Klosters, Switzerland, with his father, King Charles III, and his brother, Prince William, at the time of the Queen Mother’s death.

There are also photos that show Harry was indeed returning to the UK from Switzerland a day after his great-grandmother’s passing.

The inconsistency has led many to question whether other parts of Harry’s book could be factually incorrect.

A photo of Prince Harry, Prince William, King Charles III and the Queen Mother together.
Harry wrote that he was at Eton when he learned of his great-grandmother’s passing.
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“Harry can’t even remember where he was when the Queen Mother died, so his memories are not to be trusted. And he has an agenda, so there is a lack of impartiality,” one person tweeted on Tuesday.

“Yet it’s day one since the #SpareUs release and already it’s clear Harry fabricated huge portions of the book from whole cloth to support his fake victimhood,” another Twitter user claimed. “He was not at Eton when the Queen Mother died and was not told by a ‘random courtier’. He’s a liar and a loser, full stop.”

Prince Harry, King Charles III and Prince William laughing during a ski trip.
Harry was reportedly skiing in Switzerland with his brother and father at the time of the Queen Mother’s death.
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“Honestly is always the best policy otherwise memories will definitely vary!!! 🀣,” a third person wrote.

Critics then highlighted another detail about a gift Princess Diana allegedly gave Harry that also appeared to be wrong.

In his book, Harry wrote that his late mother bought him an Xbox for his 13th birthday in 1997 right before she died.

However, the Mirror reports that Xboxes did not exist until 2001 and the gaming console did not even hit the shelves in Europe until a year later.

“Seems like the book is a bit on the hazy in the truth,” one person tweeted in response to the Xbox contradiction.

Another agreed, “That is the problem with multiple lies. You lose track, get cocky and forget to research.”

Prince William, Prince Harry, and Princess Diana in 1995.
Prince Harry’s claim that his mom, Princess Diana, bought him an Xbox for his 13th birthday is another apparent discrepancy.
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Others pointed out, though, that Harry may have just mixed up the type of gaming system he received, with defenders noting that he could have gotten a PlayStation or Nintendo 64 and was just “confused.”

Harry made several scathing accusations about his royal family members in the book, which officially came out Tuesday, and those have now been brought into question.

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Many are questioning the validity of the stories in Harry’s book.
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The redheaded royal accused Charles of referring to him as a “spare” on the day he was born and allegedly telling Diana, “Now you’ve given me an heir and a spare β€” my work is done.”

He also claimed that William physically attacked him after getting into an argument over his wife, Meghan Markle.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wearing all-black while on a trip in New York.
He and his wife, Meghan Markle, have been opening up about their feuds with royal family members.
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Harry also went after the Prince of Wales’ wife, Kate Middleton, claiming she brought Markle to tears ahead of their wedding.

The duke also dragged Charles’ wife, Queen Consort Camilla, and claimed that he and Prince William urged their father not to marry her.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry walking together.
Harry claimed that William physically attacked him during an argument about Markle in his book.
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Harry and Markle, 41, have been feuding with family members since they resigned from their royal duties in 2020 and moved to California, where they now reside with their two children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.

Tensions have grown stronger since the Sussexes have continued to air their family’s dirty laundry.

Aside from Harry’s tell-all memoir, the couple dropped a Netflix docuseries, β€œHarry & Meghan,” which was also met with plenty of backlash.

The pair have also sat for several bombshell interviews, including one in 2021 with Oprah Winfrey and, more recently, a solo one Harry did with Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes.”

Page Six has reached out to Harry’s rep for comments on the inconsistencies in his book.

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