On Thursday, December 8, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released their new Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan — and people are not happy. The royal couple attempt to tell their side of the story by claiming victimization due to racism, all while Harry himself has taken part in horrendously tone deaf anti-semitic actions in the past.
"If you are going to on television to complain you have been the victim of racism, you would want to make sure your past is squeaky clean," said Dylan Howard, the author of Royals at War: The Untold Story of Harry and Meghan's Shocking Split with the House of Windsor.
"The hypocrisy is astounding."
In January 2005, the then 20-year-old Prince attended a party in which he chose to dress up as a Nazi. The former party boy's costume consisted of a uniform branded with a large swastika on the left arm. The royal made headlines everywhere for his insensitive and "ill-judged actions," as described by the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
In episode three of the Netflix docuseries, Harry apologized for his actions saying, "It was one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I felt so ashamed afterwards. All I wanted to do was make it right.
"I could’ve just ignored it and probably made the same mistakes over and over again in my life, but I learnt from that," Harry continued. However, the majority of the blame still seems to be put on the Royal Family's "unconscious bias."
The Prince is now making an opposing claim, saying he and Meghan are the targets of racism within the British media. "It is basically the hunter versus the prey," Harry said.
While the palace advised Harry and Meghan that media scrutiny was a rite of passage, Harry claimed, "The difference here is the race element" — stirring up many opposing viewpoints regarding these claims.
In Royals at War, Howard detailed how a palace insider has told him Markle "subscribes to the notion that all publicity is good publicity."
Royals at War was described as a forensic account of how Markle intentionally eviscerated the world's most exclusive family. It exposed the deep wounds she caused and analyzed the effects they will have on relationships between the divided houses of Sussex and Cambridge.
Remarkably, according to Howard, Markle's biggest ally as she struggled to be accepted into 'The Firm' — the name given to the British Royal Family — was the head of the household, the late Queen.
The Suits star was even showered with gifts and guidance to help ease into her into the new royal role.
In the book, Palace insiders give a tantalizing account of the unlikely friendship. One explained: "Her Majesty has seen it all and could offer the duchess (Markle) some helpful advice. Meghan would do well to nurture that relationship and pop over for occasional cup of tea with the Queen. Meghan doesn’t need an invitation."
But the television starlet’s king-sized ambitions finally wore down her regal fan’s patience and Howard said her failure to bend to the will of The Crown meant burned her bridges.
Many powerful palace insiders told Howard they would never forgive her for behavior that has been perceived as a direct snub to the woman who helped her the most.
But her insistence on carving her own way, often trampling protocol in the process, eventually meant that relationships between the actress and the monarch soured.
Howard said the constant demands and diva behavior, which started in the run up to the wedding — including her reported insistence on having an emerald tiara and a notorious alleged row with the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Catherine, over bridesmaids tights — eventually drove a coach and horses between the once close women.
While the Queen tried to be understanding, Meghan and Harry's sensational departure from the UK to start a new life in the US, was seen as the final betrayal.
One insider told Howard: "The queen had been supportive. At the end of the HRH is a reasonable woman and accepts that marrying into the Royal Family isn't easy and mistakes are going to be made."