Prince Harry tells Stephen Colbert the biggest lie about ‘Spare’

On Tuesday night, Prince Harry brought his media tour to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The Spare author revealed what he considers the media’s biggest lie about his memoir.

Several excerpts went live online in the days leading up to the release of Spare. They covered topics like Princess Diana’s death, Harry’s relationship with his father and brother, and the Duke of Sussex’s past drug use.

Outlets also zeroed in on Prince Harry’s discussions of his military service. Some reported criticism of Harry for detailing missions that resulted in killing Taliban members. But when the story was framed as Harry “boasting” about how many people he killed, a line was crossed for the prince. He explained himself on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Prince Harry calls the media’s spin ‘dangerous’ in Stephen Colbert interview

Prince Harry argued that his memoir Spare in no way is meant to boast about his actions in Afghanistan. Stephen Colbert backed up his guest, stating that the book does not come off as boastful. The Late Show host also pointed out a 10-year-old article that covered much of the same topic, suggesting Spare doesn’t have any major revelations about Harry at war.

The Duke of Sussex continued to defend himself against the British media. “It’s really troubling and very disturbing that they can get away with it. Because they have the context.” He went on to say the media’s practice, not his words, is dangerous. The prince told Colbert that it’s the spin put on his words that creates the real danger.

Stephen Colbert’s interview with Prince Harry airs Tuesday, January 10. Catch The Late Show on CBS starting at 11:35 p.m. ET.

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