Photos have appeared throwing uncertainty on one of the allegations made by Prince Harry during his inflammatory television interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The 1990 image shows a young Harry sitting on the back of a bicycle being ridden by his father Prince Charles on the grounds of the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, but Harry seemed to have no memory of such family days out when he was questioned by US chatshow hostess Oprah Winfrey.
Harry told Oprah that he guessed the highlight for him was sticking him on the back of a bicycle in his baby seat and taking him on bike rides – I’m guessing he was talking about Archie and said that was something he was never able to do when he was younger.
Harry said that he could sit him on the back and he’s got his arms out and he’s like ‘whoah’.
But the emergence of the 31-year-old photo, which also highlights a young Prince William riding alongside Charles and Harry, was picked up by social media users, and journalist Martin Jay tweeted, was there anything in Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey true?
Another critic tweeted that when Harry tells these lies, he should make sure there are no photos to show otherwise, and another said that Harry said he wanted to ride a bike with his son as he wasn’t permitted to do so when he was younger, yet there was a myriad of images of him quite happily riding bicycles when young.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement on behalf of the Queen in response to the programme which pointedly said that some recollections may vary.
The bombshell interview, which was aired in the US and the UK 24 hours later, has plunged the British monarchy into its biggest crisis since the 1997 death of Princess Diana, William and Harry’s mother.
As the shockwaves continued to reverberate around the world, Prince William denied the royals were racist following Meghan’s allegations that an unnamed member of the family had asked how dark their son Archie’s skin might be.
On a visit to a school in east London, William said he’d not spoken to Harry since the interview was aired, and he said that he hadn’t spoken to him yet, but that he would do.
Asked by a reporter if the Royal Family were racist, William said that they were very much not a racist family.
Perhaps this was a calculated lie or Harry was so young that he just couldn’t recollect such boyhood memories, and therefore not a lie if you simply don’t remember something, and this was years ago when Harry was younger. He’s a grown man now and often we forget things from our infancy, but at least the media has refreshed his memory now by consulting the archives.
As a mother before my children were born we would chat about what our children might look like, or who they would look like, such as if they would have curly hair or straight hair, and talking about the colour of my son’s skin was not an issue, and it certainly wasn’t a racist thing – most new parents talk about how their child might look when born or who they might look like.
It’s a normal thing to do, and all newborns are adorable, no matter what skin colour, hair or eye colour and it’s natural to speculate, but speaking about it openly to the media will only create division.
Harry and William did numerous things we common people never have the chance to do, and their mother Diana went out of her way to give her boys as much of a normal upbringing as possible, but that doesn’t mean that he lied because young children usually don’t remember doing stuff with their parents, especially at a very young age.