Prince Harry has expressed his “anger” with the media and accused the press of printing “rubbish”.
Today’s papers feature favourable coverage for the prince – with front pages dominated by the revelation that he had killed Taliban insurgents – after a Buckingham Palace PR offensive.
Although the Sun acknowledges that it gave Harry “the hump” when it published the picture of him naked in Las Vegas, the papers largely ignore his criticism.
Speaking to ITV in an interview from his Afghanistan base, which could only be aired once his tour had ended, he said: “All it does is upset me and anger me that people can get away with writing the stuff they do.
“My father always says don’t read it, everyone says don’t read it, because it’s always rubbish. I’m surprised how many in the UK actually read it.”
Although the public is “guilty for buying the newspapers”, he said he hoped “nobody actually believes what they read. I certainly don’t.”
Admitting his mistrust of the media went back to the death of his mother Princess Dianna, he also said newspapers had “forced” Prince William and sister-in-law Catherine to disclose news of her pregnancy. He said that “as always” journalists had been wrong in reporting that he wrote to her from his Camp Bastion base.
He even went so far as to say that one of the “great” things about being stationed abroad was that “it’s away from all the media back home, which is one of the real negative points about the UK.”
Regarding the Vegas pics, Harry said he “probably” let himself and others down but added: “At the end of the day I was in a private area and there should be a certain amount of privacy that one should expect.
“I don’t believe there is any such thing as private life any more.”