Michael Parkinson makes subtle dig at Prince Harry over truth telling quip

Sir Michael Parkinson has commented on Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir and given a subtle dig toward the former royal.

His new book Spare is due to be released in January and Parkinson had a lot to say about the matter.

Michael said: “Oh, we await that, Pulitzer Prize winning stuff, I’m sure. I do think he would have made for an interesting interview if he had told the truth. The entire family [is] an explained myth, aren’t they really?”

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Parkinson has had experience interviewing the royal family and has previously spoken to Harry’s grandfather, Prince Philip.

The legendary interviewer has admitted that Philip was his most daunting guest and even said that he thought the royal took a disliking to him while they were talking.

He spoke to The Telegraph about the experience and confessed that their conversation was “not a success”.

Parkinson explained: “I never felt quite comfortable with Philip, I suspected he didn’t like me very much. I did have to chat to him once, for a charity, and it was not a success at all.”

However, Michael had another chance to speak to royalty as he interviewed Princess Anne in 1980 after she was involved in a kidnap attempt.

Michael quipped: “She’s formidable, you don’t go mucking around with her.”

Her nephew Harry’s new book has been causing tension ever since it was announced.

Following the Queen’s death on 8 September, it had been claimed that parts of the memoir had been changed, but those accusations have since been set straight.

Omid Scobie, a friend of Harry and Meghan’s, has said that the former royal chose the name himself and told Yahoo that there had been “no last minute rewrites or edits after the Queen’s death”.

He went on to say: “Spare’s manuscript was completed almost five months before the monarch’s passing, a detail that will be acknowledged in a note at the start of the book.”

Scobie explained that Harry is “owning” the “derogatory moniker” as it is something he has dealt with for a long time and had a “lifetime of being called” the word.


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