Sussex spokesperson slams claims Harry said 'those Brits need to learn a lesson' in reference to Oprah interview

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  • A spokesperson for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is addressing claims made by The Sun that the Duke of Sussex "boasted" to a friend about his bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
  • The Sun reported Harry saying: "Those Brits need to learn a lesson."
  • A spokesperson for the Sussexes has since responded, calling the story "a baseless hit piece masquerading as journalism".

A spokesperson for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is slamming The Sun after the tabloid ran a story over the weekend claiming Prince Harry said, "those Brits need to learn a lesson" amid his interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2020.

The interview, of course, rattled the royal cage - and the publication claims Harry "boasted" to a friend about it, saying the firm would find it "quite shocking" while adding: "Those Brits need to learn a lesson."

According to royal reporter Omid Scobie, a rep for the Sussexes has since called the story "a baseless hit piece masquerading as journalism".

They added:

"This story is riddled with inaccuracies, not least of which is a quote erroneously attributed to Prince Harry."

The statement continued: "To accuse a man who spent 10 years serving his country of wanting to teach that same country a lesson is not only an attempted distraction but an unfortunate and predictable tabloid strategy. To put him against his country is shameful and manipulative, especially when Prince Harry has never spoken ill of the British public."

The story comes amid already turbulent times for Harry and his older brother and heir to the throne, William. Though both brothers were close by at the weekend, with Harry accepting an award along with wife, Meghan Markle, in New York, and the Prince and Princess of Wales in the US for William's Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony, they had no plans to meet up.

To make matters worse, The Times reports increased tension following the trailer release for Harry and Meghan's new Netflix documentary, which climate advisers close to the Waleses say distracted from William's "Superbowl moment".

The decision to release the trailer appears to have been Netflix's, though it's unlikely the logistics will serve any purpose in putting out the fire burning between the estranged brothers.

Nevertheless, Harry slipped into his spidey suit in a video released Sunday, reminding the world of the tragedy that first brought the brothers together.

In the clip for the charity Scotty's Little Soldiers, Prince Harry said: "Christmas is a time when we miss our loved ones really, really badly, and that's okay. But at the same time, it can be possible to feel guilty for having fun without our parents. But I am here to assure you that our parents always want us to have fun, okay? So don't feel guilty. You are allowed to have the best time ever."

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