Prince Harry has left readers wincing with his account of applying Elizabeth Arden cream used by his late mother to his frostbitten penis in 2011.
The moment appears in his explosive memoir Spare, with a clip from the audiobook narrated by the Duke of Sussex himself making the rounds on social media, where horrified readers have called it a ‘Freudian nightmare.’
In the passage, Harry recalls that his late mother Princess Diana used to apply the cream to her lips, and says the smell of the product made him feel like his mother ‘was right there in the room’ before he applied the cream to his penis. .
Prince Harry, 38, recounts how a friend recommended he use the product on the injured area after he returned from a trip to the North Pole before his brother Prince William’s wedding.
Prince Harry has left readers wincing after recounting applying an Elizabeth Arden cream worn by his late mother to his frostbitten penis after his trip to the North Pole in 2011
Harry recounts that he had been unsuccessful with home remedies to heal his ailment when a friend recommended he use the Elizabeth Arden formula.
‘My mum used that on her lips. You want me to put that on my todger?’ he said.
After his pal’s reassurance that the cream worked, Harry procured himself a tube, saying the smell of it brought him back to his childhood, when his mother was still alive.
I felt as if my mother was right there in the room. Then I took a smidge and applied it… down there,’ he recalled.
Some readers joked the book was a ‘Freudian nightmare’ after Prince Harry recounted his mother’s thoughts before applying the cream to his penis.
The Duke of Sussex recounts how the late Princess Diana would sometimes apply the cream to her lips. Pictured in 1995
The royal can be heard marking a pregnant pause before delivering this last night in the audiobook version of Spare, which is being widely shared online.
Some readers suggested the cream Prince Harry references in the book is the 8h cream from the brand, which comes in a tube, like he describes in the book
Readers discovering this moment of Harry’s explosive memoirs have branded it a ‘Freudian nightmare.’
‘PS NO mother wants to be “right there in the room! upon the application of 8 hour cream ahem “down there”,’ one wrote.
‘I need therapy after listening to this,’ said another.
“Talk about a member of the royal family,” one joked.
‘My Prince Wrote A Porno,’ another wrote, in reference to the comedy podcast My Dad Wrote A Porno.’
The reaction to this particular clip caused ‘Elizabeth Arden’ to trend on British Twitter, with quips about the scene and the brand populating the social media platform.
‘If you think you’re having a bad day, spare a thought for the social media manager at @ElizabethArden who has just gone from working at a global beauty product company to a premium nob cream company in the past few hours or so,’ one said
‘I genuinely think if the Queen was still alive, reading about Prince Harry thinking of his dead mum while he used Elizabeth Arden on his frostbitten c*** would’ve killed her,’ one wrote.
‘The words ‘my penis, mother and lips’ should NEVER be used together ANYWHERE,’ another said.
Readers cringed at the audiobook clip after it was spread online, with some joking that they will need therapy after listening to the extract, narrated by Harry himself.
The book, filled with explosive revelations about Prince Harry and the royal family, has been dominating public conversation since it was released on Tuesday.
Prince Harry’s ghostwriter today defended Spare from damaging claims of inaccuracy and historical errors, insisting ‘inadvertent mistakes’ are common in memoirs where ‘the line between memory and fact is blurred’.
JR Moehringer, who has also authored autobiographies for Andre Agassi and Nike co-founder Phil Knight, came to the defense of the book he was reportedly paid $1 million to write.
Sharing an excerpt from Harry’s book, emphasizing that the exiled prince himself admits at times he was unsure of all the details he shares, often blaming childhood trauma. But in the same book he also insists: ‘It’s important that history has it right’.
Mr Moehringer tweeted Harry’s words last night: ‘Whatever the cause, my memory is my memory… there’s just as much truth in what I remember and how I remember it as there is in so-called objective facts’.
He also tweeted a quote from Mary Karr, author of The Art of Memoir, which said: ‘The line between memory and fact is blurry, between interpretation and fact. There are inadvertent mistakes of those kind out of the wazoo.’
Harry has been accused of a litany of factual errors, including claiming that he was descended from King Henry VI, saying he was given an XBox by his mother before they were manufactured, and stating that Meghan Markle’s father was bought a Mexico-London flight ticket on Air New Zealand, which does not fly that route.
And this week more errors emerged, including his memory of the Queen Mother’s funeral, an anecdote criticizing his stepmother Camilla and British high street giant TK Maxx even corrected another claim in the bombshell book where he details shopping in the store next to Kensington Palace with £ 200 to buy as much as he could in 15 minutes.
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