Prince Harry has admitted to suffering from a “spotty memory” when writing his bombshell memoir, but insisted his version of events have “just as much truth” as “so-called objective facts”. The Duke defended possible inaccuracies in his book, Spare, which was released in the UK yesterday, as “misremembering” details surrounding his mother Princess Diana’s death.
As he described a trip to the late Queen’s Scottish estate Balmoral in 1997, Harry said he could recall “landscape, geography, architecture” in “crisp detail” – but struggled with “dates and dialogue.”
He explained: “Whatever the cause, my memory is my memory, it does what it does, gathers and curates as it sees fit, and there’s just as much truth in what I remember and how I remember it as there is in so-called objective facts.”
The Duke elsewhere suggested his memory “had been spotty” after his mother Princess Diana’s death, adding he could be “misremembering my own struggles with memory from back then”, the Daily Mail reported.
The statements about his memory come amidst a book that appears to contain multiple factual inaccuracies.
In one instance, Harry described King Henry VI , who founded the Prince’s school Eton College, as his “great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather”.
However, the alleged ancestor’s lineage ended in 1471, when his only son, Edward of Westminster, was killed at 17 years old in the Battle of Tewkesbury – making it impossible for Prince Harry to be his descendant.
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