Prince Harry tells Stephen Colbert he wrote about killing 25 Afghan fighters to ‘reduce’ suicides

Prince Harry tells Stephen Colbert he wrote about killing 25 Afghan fighters to ‘reduce’ suicides

Prince Harry slammed the “harmful spin” that he “boasted” about killing 25 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in his new memoir, “Spare.”

The Duke of Sussex condemned the “harmful lie” after he was broadly criticized for discussing the killings in his ebook — a transfer his former comrades say is a “betrayal” that might “incite” assassination makes an attempt. 

Showing on “The Late Present With Stephen Colbert” in an episode aired Tuesday, the exiled royal accused the press of taking his phrases out of context.

“I feel one of the vital harmful lies that they’ve advised, is that I in some way boasted concerning the variety of individuals I’ve killed in Afghanistan,” Harry mentioned.

“I might say that if I heard anyone else, anybody, boasting about that form of factor, I might be indignant. However it’s a lie.”

“My phrases aren’t harmful, however the spin of my phrases could be very harmful to my household,” he added.

“Certainly, probably the most harmful lie that they’ve advised, is that I in some way boasted concerning the variety of individuals I killed in Afghanistan.” — Prince Harry tells #Colbert, including that his “phrases aren’t harmful,” however the spin on his “phrases are very harmful.” #Spare pic.twitter.com/FnjEZ0QnQl

— The Late Present (@colbertlateshow) January 10, 2023

Harry served within the British Military Air Power for ten years the place he was twice deployed to Afghanistan and rose to the extent of captain.

In his protocol-shattering memoir, Harry known as his victims “chess items taken off a board, unhealthy guys eradicated earlier than they kill the great guys,” and mentioned that he didn’t really feel “ashamed” for his actions as a result of he’d been conditioned by the navy to not really feel something.

Prince Harry mans the 50mm machine gun at an statement publish on Jan. 2, 2008 in southern Afghanistan.Tim Graham Picture Library through Getty Photographs

“You possibly can’t kill individuals in case you see them as individuals,” he wrote. “They skilled me to ‘different’ them, and so they skilled me properly.”

When Colbert famous that information of Harry’s navy killings was not new info, Harry went on, “Nearly ten years to the day my face was splattered everywhere in the entrance pages as a result of somebody requested me the query, whereas I used to be nonetheless in Afghanistan if I had killed anyone from an assault helicopter. And I mentioned ‘sure.’”

Prince Harry patrols by means of the abandoned city of Garmisir, Afghanistan on Jan. 2, 2008.Tim Graham Picture Library through Getty Photographs

Harry continued to defend his hanging admission, saying he selected to share it in a bid to cut back veteran suicide.

“I made a option to share it as a result of having spent almost 20 years working with veterans all all over the world, I feel crucial factor is to be trustworthy and to have the ability to give house to others to have the ability to share their experiences with none disgrace,” the 38-year-old mentioned.

“And my entire aim and my try with sharing that element is to cut back the variety of suicides.”

Harry’s blasé recollection additionally sparked outrage from the Taliban, which known as for him to face trial for warfare crimes.

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