Watch: Top takeaways from Prince Harry's ITV interview
The fallout over Prince Harry’s memoir Spare has continued to intensify in recent days, with the leaders of Afghanistan and militant group the Taliban calling for the duke to face an international court over comments he killed 25 fighters while on duty in Afghanistan.
Harry, whose interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby was broadcast on Sunday night, says in the book he did not think of the individuals killed as “people”, but rather “chess pieces” which had been taken off the board and “bad people” who had been “eliminated before they could kill good people”.
“My number is 25. It’s not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but nor does it embarrass me,” he wrote.
The 38-year-old served in the army for 10 years and undertook two tours of Afghanistan, which fell to the Taliban in 2021 after UK and US forces pulled out of the country.
“And it is an even bigger shame for him to talk about it proudly, like an illiterate person of a poor society with no knowledge and no education.
“We are not only demanding that he be prosecuted in the international court, but also demanding the international community punish him as soon as possible.”
However Anas Haqqani, a Taliban leader, tweeted: “I don’t expect that the [International Criminal Court] will summon you, or the human rights activists will condemn you, because they are deaf and blind for you. But hopefully these atrocities will be remembered in the history of humanity."
He also said western soldiers, military and political leaders were “defeated” in the “’game’ of white and black ‘square’”.
Elsewhere, Taliban commander Molavi Agha Gol branded the Duke of Sussex a “big mouth loser who has been trying to get attention”, while the spokesperson for the fundamentalist group’s foreign affairs ministry said the “western occupation of Afghanistan” is “an odious moment in human history”.
Abdul Qahar Balkhi continued: “Comments by Prince Harry [are] a microcosm of the trauma experienced by Afghans at the hands of occupation forces, who murdered innocents without any accountability.”
A little closer to home, friend of Prince Harry and former commando Ben McBean said the duke “need[s] to shut up”.
“Makes you wonder the people he’s hanging around with. If it was good people somebody by now would have told him to stop,” he tweeted.
\u201cLove you #PrinceHarry but you need to shut up! Makes you wonder the people he\u2019s hanging around with. If it was good people somebody by now would have told him to stop.\u201d
The chair of the Commons Defence Committee continued: “One of the rare occasions that I worked with Prince Harry was in the Invictus Games in Sydney and in Toronto and so forth. Incredible effort. This was his design; this was his creation.
“And now I’m concerned that something which has been so important to veterans to help rehabilitation will now suffer because there could be security implications of him participating in that.”
Spare is set to be released in the UK on Tuesday.
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