Prince Harry 'lobbed a grenade' into royal rift says US journalist

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The fallout from Prince Harry's latest tell-all interview on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast continues, with a US journalist taking aim at the royal in a fiery TV rant.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Amber Athey, the Washington editor for The Spectator US, declared the 36-year-old duke had "lobbed a grenade" into the ongoing rift between the royal family and himself.

Amber Athey, the Washington editor for The Spectator US speaks on Good Morning Britain.
Prince Harry has 'lobbed a grenade' into the ongoing royal rift says a US journalist. Photo: Good Morning Britain.

'Take Harry back'

Amber doubled down by branding Harry's revealing podcast chat — during which he made extraordinary claims against his father Prince Charles — "a disaster" and begging the UK to 'take him back'.

She referenced former US president Trump to condemn Harry's bombshell comments about his own mental health struggles and the "pain and suffering" of his childhood.

"Let me just start by saying the UK is one of the top 10 exporters to the US. As an American, in the words of former President Donald Trump, you all are not sending your best.

"I would beg you, please take Prince Harry back."

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Prince Harry's latest interview on the Armchair Expert podcast has stirred up controversy. Photo: Instagram/armchairexppod.
Prince Harry's latest interview on the Armchair Expert podcast has stirred up controversy. Photo: Instagram/armchairexppod.

'A disaster'

Amber went on to say that while it is "always a good thing" to discuss mental health, in her opinion, he's doing it the wrong way and at the wrong time.

"His podcast interview last week was a disaster," she said. "It's hardly ever a good time to air family grievances publicly, it's hardly ever healthy or productive.

"This is especially bad timing considering he's just recently repaired his rift with his brother William at the funeral for Prince Philip and now he's essentially lobbed a grenade into that situation."

Amber also pointed out the potential impact of Harry's claims on the Queen, who is still grieving the loss of her husband of over 70 years, the late Prince Philip.

Karl Stefanovic blasts Prince Harry on today show
Karl Stefanovic blasted Harry for 'whining' about his 'privileged' upbringing in his latest tell-all interview. Photo: Channel Nine.

Harry widely slammed

It's not the first time Harry has copped heat for his candid 90-minute chat on the Armchair Expert podcast.

Ahead of Amber's appearance, Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway called the royal out for being "entitled".

And palace aides have reportedly demanded the Duke and Duchess of Sussex give up their titles following the "disgraceful" attack on the royal family.

Closer to home, Today host Karl Stefanovic accused Prince Harry of 'whining' about his 'privileged' upbringing which he described as "a mix of being in The Truman Show and being in the zoo".

"He grew up in privilege, in a palace," he added. "I mean, just give it a rest, bro," Karl said.

In his opinion, the prince, who is expecting his second child with wife Meghan, should follow Her Majesty's lead and keep calm and carry on.

"Just get on with it. Just get on with it. Take a lesson out of the Queen's book and just get on with it. Carry on.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, speaks onstage at Vax Live
Prince Harry at the "Vax Live" fundraising concert in California on May 2, 2021. Photo: Getty Images.

Oprah and the prince

Harry appeared on Armchair Expert to promote his new documentary series with Oprah Winfrey, called The Me You Can't See, which is about mental health issues.

The first trailer for the doco shows a 12-year-old Harry walking behind his mother Princess Diana's coffin alongside his father Prince Charles at her 1997 funeral.

Harry's wife Meghan Markle is then seen leaning over Harry while wearing a T-shirt that features the slogan "Raising the Future".

Archie also makes a brief appearance with a clip of him taken on his first birthday while sitting on his mum's lap.

The Me You Can't See is set for release on Friday, May 21 on Apple TV.

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