A clip of a member of the royal family being asked to respond to Prince Harry’s record-breaking memoir while on duty has gone viral.
harry hit book spare was released worldwide on January 10 and quickly became the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time. It has been certified by Guinness World Records and ranked on his charts as a bestseller worldwide.
In addition to commercial success, Harry’s debut literary project saw him go through a series of not-so-welcome milestones, including seeing his popularity sink to all-time lows in both the UK and the US. rice field.
Much of the negative press surrounding the book criticized Harry for the numerous bombs fired at the royal family. He wrote that Prince William physically attacked him during a 2019 debate at Kensington Palace in London. That Kate Middleton was cold to his wife Meghan Markle. that Queen Camilla leaked negative stories about him; And King Charles was an emotionally distant parent.
Both Buckingham Palace (representing Charles and Camilla) and Kensington Palace (representing William and Kate) have adopted firm “no comment” positions on Harry’s book and its claims. didn’t stop journalists from questioning the royal family themselves during public engagements.
The viral video, uploaded as a short video to YouTube by @royalchannel, compiles three clips of Charles, William and Kate together and ignores questions from the crowd.
The video has over 300,000 views and received over 9,000 likes and 700 comments.
The previous day, January 12, during a visit to Liverpool in the northwest of England spare.
The royal family refused to be questioned on the way to the car.
On the same day, Charles was asked a similar question when a journalist shouted at him through an open car window.
The question was again unanswered.
Many comments on the viral video defended the royal family, praising them for “keeping cool and continuing” with their engagement despite the obvious awkwardness caused by Harry’s revelation.
“They are too busy doing their duty for their country to read,” wrote one YouTube user.
“Silence is golden. Well done,” commented another subscriber, adding yet another.
Members of the royal family generally do not answer unscheduled questions from reporters covering their involvement, especially on controversial subjects.
During a visit to a school in London in March 2021, William and Kate were questioned by a reporter about Harry and Meghan’s shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey. During the TV show, an unidentified member of the royal family was alleged to have made racially insensitive comments about the potential skin color of Meghan Markle and Harry’s future children.
“Sir, did you talk to your brother after the interview?” a reporter asked William.
“No, I haven’t spoken to him yet, but I will,” the royal replied bluntly.
“Could you tell me a little bit,” the reporter continued, adding, “Is the royal family a racist family?”
“We are not a racist family,” William replied.
To date, no senior member of the royal family has commented on Harry. spareor the Prince’s claims in it.
James Crawford-Smith is NewsweekRoyal correspondent based in London. You can find him on Twitter. @jcrawfordsmith read his story Newsweekof Royals Facebook page.
Have a question about King Charles III, William and Kate, Meghan and Harry or their families that you’d like an experienced royal correspondent to answer? Email Royals@newsweek.com. We look forward to hearing from you.