Prince Harry Appeared On “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” And Wanted To Clear Up That He Wasn’t Boasting About The Number Of Taliban Fighters He Killed By Including It In “Spare”
Prince Harry’s burn-those-bridges book, Spare, finally hit the shelves yesterday in the midst of his seemingly never-ending “holy shit; make it stop; God, not this shit again” quest to fight the press with press. And though we’ve already been subjected to several disembodied tidbits from the book, like the sparse-haired sovereign smack-down and his frozen dick-tip in the lead-up to its release, Harry said there was one thing that the press had taken from his book and dangerously ran with without further context–his inclusion of the exact number of Taliban fighters he killed while serving in the British Army. In his sit-down on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night, he explained that though this particular piece of information was being spun as him simply being boastful, he included it to normalize the conversation with veterans who may be suffering from similar experiences in silence.
Stephen served Harry some tequila to loosen him up (as if he’s been so demure lately), and he set right out to untwist what he says has been THE most dangerous spinning of his words. Via People:
During an appearance on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that will air in full Tuesday night, Harry addressed reports that he bragged about killing 25 people while in Afghanistan in his memoir Spare.
“Without a doubt, the most dangerous lie that they have told is that I somehow boasted about the number of people that I killed in Afghanistan,” Harry, 38, told the talk show host, 58.
Harry says that if he heard anyone truly boasting about this topic, he’d be pissed. But he included it to show that veterans shouldn’t be ashamed to talk about what they endured in combat, and the press making it seem like he was just sharing it as a brag is dangerous and puts a target on his back.
He continued, “If I heard anyone boasting about that kind of thing, I would be angry. But it’s a lie. And hopefully now that the book is out, people will be able to see the context. It’s really troubling and very disturbing that they can get away with it. They had the context. It wasn’t like, ‘Here’s just one line.’ They had the whole section, they ripped it away and just said, ‘Here it is. He’s boasting on this.’ … And that’s dangerous.”
Harry said, “My words are not dangerous, but the spin of my words are very dangerous.”
Asked by Colbert if it’s “dangerous” because it causes him and his loved ones to be an “increased target,” Harry responded, “And that is a choice that they’ve made.”
Stephen pointed out that this isn’t even new information, so it’s weird for it to be kicking up so much smoke.
Colbert referenced a decades-old Reuters article that noted he killed Afghans and members of the Taliban while at war.
“Almost 10 years to the date,” said Harry. “My face was splattered all over the front pages because someone asked me a question, while I was still in Afghanistan, if I had killed anybody from an attack helicopter, and I said yes.”
Ok, but his mentioning elsewhere in the book that he isn’t balding as badly as his brother was definitely a boast, right? Ultimately, Harry says his aim was to have a hand in decreasing the high number of veteran suicides.
“I think the most important thing here is, not only the context, but the reason why I decided to share this in my book. To the vets here and to the civilians here — which this may feel as though this is slightly a weird conversation to have, especially on this show of all shows — I made a choice to share it because having spent nearly two decades working with veterans all around the world, I think the most important thing is to be honest and to be able to give space to others to be able to share their experiences without any shame.”
He left the audience and Colbert with one final note: “My whole goal and my attempt with sharing that detail is to reduce the number of suicides.”
Here’s that segment of the interview:
That’s an admirable cause, Chilly Dick, but maybe it’s the lucrative vehicle with which the information’s being delivered that’s giving people pause? At any rate, Meghan Markle’s crusade against suffering dry lips in silence and a Royal Family reconciliation isn’t going as planned either. You can watch Harry’s whole interview with Colbert here: