With all the drama surrounding the royal family over the years, it’s becoming more and more like an endless season of reality trash TV – but instead filled with a bunch of annoying, totally removed and privileged individuals. And today, the drama continues, as Prince Harry seemingly places some of the blame for his Nazi costume scandal on Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Sources told Page Six that in Harry’s new memoir, the Duke of Sussex will claim that William and Middleton “howled with laughter” when they saw him dressed up for the 2005 party. The party had a “native and colonial theme” and resulted in a picture of 20-year-old Harry published on the front page of The Sun dressed as a Nazi soldier.
In one segment of the book, Harry explains that he had to make a decision between two costumes: a pilot uniform or a Nazi uniform. “I phoned Willy and Kate, asked what they thought. Nazi uniform, they said,” Harry writes, adding that when he went home and tried it on for them. “They both howled. Worse than Willy’s leotard outfit! Way more ridiculous! Which, again, was the point.”
Of course, questions were immediately raised online, citing Harry’s lack of accountability over the situation. One Twitter user wrote, “if they told him to jump off a cliff would he do it?” while another called him a “perpetual victim.” We’ve all been on Twitter during an episode of Love Island with everyone throwing their most unhinged opinions up on the timeline unprovoked – and now the exact same is happening with the royal family.
However, Prince Harry has taken accountability for the situation on many occasions, calling it “one of the biggest mistakes of my life.” And, let’s be honest, those same people calling for Harry to face his wrongs will likely never expect the same level of accountability from any other member of the royal family.
Just like with reality TV, we all have our personal biases for our favourite contestants, but at least we don’t see many who have been accused of racism, worn incredibly offensive costumes or are directly benefiting from a family history of colonialism.