Prince Harry's ghostwriter takes subtle swipe at him online: 'Selfish'

JR Moehringer helped Harry write his memoir Spare.

Prince Harry’s ghostwriter JR Moehringer appears to have taken a subtle swipe at the Duke of Sussex on social media.

Eagle-eyed fans noticed over the weekend that the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist had liked a tweet that slammed Harry for confessing his controversial ‘kill count’ and labelled him as ‘selfish’.

JR Moehringer and Prince Harry.
Spare ghostwriter JR Moehringer has taken a subtle swipe at Prince Harry online. Photos: Getty

Harry revealed in his explosive memoir Spare, which will officially hit shelves tomorrow after being released early in Spain last week, that he had killed 25 people in Afghanistan while working as an Apache helicopter pilot between 2012 to 2013.

“It wasn't a number that gave me any satisfaction. But neither was it a number that made me feel ashamed,” he wrote.

“Naturally, I'd have preferred not to have that number on my military CV, on my mind, but by the same token I'd have preferred to live in a world in which there was no Taliban, a world without war.”

He also added that he didn’t think of the 25 deaths as “people” but rather “chess pieces removed from the board”.


Several people have since criticised Harry for making the confession, including former journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil who took to Twitter to share his thoughts.

“Harry’s claim that he killed 23 Taliban is a nightmare - an absolute nightmare - for his security teams. How stupid can you be?” he tweeted.

One user then replied, “It is all me me me”, which JR appeared to have liked. It is unclear whether or not he intentionally liked the tweet, however, it has since been unliked.

Prince Harry tweet which JR Moehringer liked.
JR Moehringer liked a tweet calling Prince Harry ‘selfish’. Photo: Twitter

Harry claims William physically attacked him

Harry’s memoir features a number of headline-making bombshells, including claims he begged his father King Charles not to marry his wife Camilla, and that his brother Prince William and Kate Middleton convinced him to wear the infamous Nazi costume in 2005.

One of the most shocking stories to come from the book involves the physical fight between Harry and William, who is referred to as his “arch-nemesis”. Harry says that his brother came over to discuss the furore surrounding his relationship with Meghan and the way the couple were being treated by the press.

However, the Prince of Wales was “piping hot” when he arrived and began complaining about Meghan, calling her “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive”.

After Harry accused William of “parrot[ing] the press narrative” about Meghan, the pair became embroiled in a shouting match before escalating further, Harry says.

Harry then lashed out at William, accusing him of acting as an heir. The pair traded insults, when William told Harry he was attempting to help, Harry writes.

“Are you serious? Help me? Sorry — is that what you call this? Helping me?” Harry recalls telling his brother.


According to Harry, this made William furious, who swore before following him into the kitchen. He claims that he offered his brother a glass of water while trying to calm him down. “Willy, I can’t speak to you when you’re like this,” he recalls saying.

Harry writes: “He set down the water, called me another name, then came at me. It all happened so fast. So very fast. He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor.

“I landed on the dog’s bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me. I lay there for a moment, dazed, then got to my feet and told him to get out.”

Harry claims that his brother tried to get him to retaliate physically, but he refused to engage.

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