Prince Harry’s army instructor ‘staggered’ by ‘complete fantasy’ claim in memoir

In his bestselling memoir Prince Harry recalls a moment in his military training which saw his instructor stall their plane – but the Sergeant in question has disputed his claim.

Harry writes that Sergeant Major Michael Booley deliberately stalled their Slingsby T67 Firefly propeller plane without warning.

Harry, 38, claims: "On one of our first flights together, with no warning, Booley threw the aircraft into a stall. I felt the left wing dip, a sickening feeling of disorder, of entropy, and then, after several seconds that felt like decades, he recovered the aircraft and levelled the wings.

“I stared at him. What in the absolute—? Was this an aborted suicide attempt?’ No, he said gently. This was the next stage in my training.”

However, the Duke of Sussex's account has been rubbished by Michael Booley himself, who told the Sunday Mirror: "I am staggered by this. In shock even."

He added: "Whilst the book compliments me, the recollection of the sorties and lessons is inaccurate, I’m afraid. It’s important to highlight that nothing in the cockpit comes as a surprise."

Booley ultimately blames ghostwriter John Joseph Moehringer for the inaccuracy in the book, saying of Harry: "He was an exceptional student, very talented indeed. He is a friend and a man I respect immensely who would always have my ear."

Ghostwriter J.R. Moehringer previously defended Harry over claims the book features a number of inaccuracies, citing the Prince's own words.

Posting on Twitter, he shared Harry’s own words on the subject of memory, which read: “Whatever the cause, my memory is my memory… there's just as much truth in what I remember and how I remember it as there is in so-called objective facts.”

The author also tweeted a quote from Mary Karr, author of The Art of Memoir, which said: “The line between memory and fact is blurry, between interpretation and fact. There are inadvertent mistakes of those kind out of the wazoo.”

He also posted another quote from Karr which concluded that with intense memories "we often record the emotion alone, all detail blurred into unreadable smear."

Spare was officially released earlier this month with the English language editionselling more than 1.4 million copieson its first day of publication, making it thefastest-selling non-fiction book ever .

Two years on from hiscontroversial interview with Oprah Winfrey , and just weeks after hisNetflix documentary series levelled a fresh round of damningclaims against the monarchy, Spare has brought anew round of attacks on the Royal Family.

Among the most explosive allegations in the book was one claim that his brother Prince William physically attacked Harry during a rather heated row – ripping his necklace and knocking him to the floor.


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