Prince Harry claims he predicted the US Capitol riots

Prince Harry has claimed he predicted the January 2021 US Capitol riots, warning Twitter about the platform being used to stage a "coup" the day before.

The 37-year-old royal sent the social media site's CEO Jack Dorsey an email alerting him to the misuse of the platform shortly before Donald Trump supporters stormed the building in a bid to overturn the election results on 6 January, but says he never received a response.

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Prince Harry claims he warned Twitter the riots could happen. Photo: Getty

"Jack and I were emailing each other prior to January 6 when I warned him his platform was allowing a coup to be staged," he said on the RE:WIRED virtual summit's 'Internet Lie Machine' panel.

"That email was sent the day before.

"And then it happened, and I haven't heard from him since."


The role Twitter and other platforms such as Facebook played in enabling the attack, which left five people dead, is currently being investigated and 600 people have been charged by prosecutors for taking part in the riot.

President Donald Trump try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington
The Capitol riots took place in Washington D.C. in January 2021. Photo: AP

Elsewhere on the panel, Harry - who has children Archie, two, and Lili, five months, with wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex - spoke of his concern about the messages being spread online.

"The internet is being defined by hate, division and lies and that can’t be right," he said.

The Duke of Sussex also again took aim at the media, and branded misinformation a "global humanitarian crisis", adding: “I learned from a very early age that the incentives of publishing are not necessarily aligned with the incentives of truth.

“My experience I guess has been more pre-social media, around the UK press, who sadly conflate profit with purpose and news with entertainment. They do not report the news, they create it.

“They have successfully turned fact based news into opinion-based gossip with devastating consequences for the country."

Harry also attacked the language used after he and Meghan left their senior royal roles, and highlighted 'Megxit', a spin on Brexit, which suggested that the Duchess of Sussex was behind the decision to move.

"Maybe people know this and maybe they don’t, but the term Megxit was, or is, a misogynistic term," he said.

"And it was created by a troll, amplified by royal correspondents, and it grew and grew and grew into mainstream media. But it began with a troll."

Additional reporting by Bang Showbiz.

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