Prince Harry Was Reportedly Pranked Into Talking About the Royal Family in a Fake Interview
Prince Harry has reportedly fallen victim to a hoax by Russian pranksters, who tricked him into discussing Meghan Markle, the royal family, Prince Andrew, and even Donald Trump.
According to People, Harry thought he was having a private call with climate activist Greta Thunberg and her father Svante on two occasions on New Year’s Eve and on January 22. Instead, he was being pranked by hoaxers Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, though it's unclear how they were able to get on a call with the Duke of Sussex or fake their identities. Harry’s spokespeople at Buckingham Palace had no comment when reached by People.
In transcripts from The Sun, Harry reportedly discussed his and Meghan Markle's decision to step back from the royal family.
"Sometimes the right decision isn’t always the easy one, but it was the right decision for our family," he said. "I think there’s a hell of a lot of people around the world that can identify and respect us for putting our family first. It’s a tricky one, but we will start a new life."
He reportedly added, "I can assure you marrying a prince or princess is not all it’s made out to be. There’s lots of layers to it and lots of pieces to the puzzle."
When asked if he thinks “normal” life is better than the royal one, he chuckled, The Sun reports. The outlet said that Harry explained, "Oh no, I think it’s much better. You forget, I was in the military for 10 years so I’m more normal than my family would like to believe."
On his uncle Prince Andrew, who stepped down from royal duties after the scandal over his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, Harry apparently said, "Asked if he thinks “normal” life is better than the royal one, he chuckled, The Sun reports. The outlet said that Harry explained, "I have very little to say on that. But whatever he has done or hasn't done, is completely separate from me and my wife. We operate in a way of inclusivity and we are focusing on community. And so we are completely separate from the majority of my family."
Also on the call, he supposedly discussed Donald Trump: "The mere fact that Donald Trump is pushing the coal industry is so big in America, he has blood on his hands. But Trump will want to meet you to make him look better but he won't want to have a discussion about climate change with you because you will outsmart him."
He also discussed the controversy over having used private jets, despite his climate activism, echoing his prior statement: "Unfortunately there is very few alternatives. We have to fly on commercial planes all over the world. Nowhere near as much as most people who do it for a night or weekends. Certainly for my family, to protect my family, from these people, as you can well understand. I have to put protections and safety of my family first and these people are never-ending."