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08th Dec 2022

Harry says wearing Nazi uniform was ‘biggest mistake of my life’

Steve Hopkins

‘I felt so ashamed afterwards. All I wanted to do was make it right’

Prince Harry has said that dressing as a Nazi in 2005 was one of the “biggest mistakes” of his life.

The Duke of Sussex addressed the fancy dress party costume gaffe during an episode of his new Netflix series.

The costume, which was splashed across The Sun leaving the Royal family red-faced, saw Harry dressed in a mock uniform that featured the Nazis’ infamous swastika on his arm and the badge of the German Wehrmacht on his collar.

Harry was 20 at the time.

Speaking in the third episode of his and his wife Meghan Markle’s new show, Harry & Meghan, the prince expressed regret over the incident, saying that “all I wanted to do was make it right.”

In an effort to repair his public image after the incident, Harry met with the Chief Rabbi and also spoke to a Holocaust survivor. At the time, the Chief Rabbi was Jonathan Sacks, who passed away in 2020, MailOnline noted.

“It was one of the biggest mistakes of my life,” Harry says in the episode.

“I felt so ashamed afterwards. All I wanted to do was make it right.”

Harry said speaking to the Chief Rabbi had a profound impact on him, as did travelling to Berlin tom speak to a holocaust survivor.

“I could have got on and ignored it and made the same mistakes over and over in my life, but I learnt from that,” he said.

After pictures of the incident were splashed across the tabloids and went global, Harry issued an apology, saying: “I am very sorry if I have caused any offence or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume and I apologise.”

Harry wore the Nazi uniform to a party thrown by Olympic show jumper Richard Meade where the theme was  ‘native and colonial’.

Harry wore the desert uniform of General Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps.

Prince William reportedly dressed in a black leotard with leopardskin pattern and a matching leopardskin tail and paws.

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