Prince Harry Says Prince William and Kate Middleton Told Him to Wear Nazi Costume

Prince Harry alleged that Kate Middleton and Prince William "howled with laughter" at his choice of outfit.

Prince Harry claims that Prince William and Kate Middleton encouraged him to wear a Nazi costume to a party in 2005.

In an excerpt from his memoir Spare (via Page Six), Harry alleged that Middleton and Prince William "howled with laughter" when he came to them with a choice of costume for a Native and colonial party they were all attending together: He could go as a Nazi or as a pilot.

Prince Harry was 20 years old at the time.

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Tabloid news covers with Harry and his Nazi costume in 2005<p>JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images</p>
Tabloid news covers with Harry and his Nazi costume in 2005

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“I phoned Willy and Kate, asked what they thought. Nazi uniform, they said,” Harry recalled. He said he went to their house to model the Nazi uniform for him.

“They both howled. Worse than Willy’s leotard outfit! Way more ridiculous! Which, again, was the point,” he said.

William attended the party dressed as a lion.

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It isn't the first time he's addressed the scandal, but it's the first time he's blamed his brother and sister-in-law for the gaffe.

In Harry & Meghan, released in December 2022, Harry called wearing the Nazi costume “one of the biggest mistakes in my life.”

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Rumors of the group's tone-deaf costume ideas were previously discussed in the book Battle of Brothers, in which royal historian Robert Lacey wrote, “Harry chose his costume in conjunction with his elder brother—the future King William V, then 22, who had laughed all the way back to Highgrove (Charles’ country home) with the younger sibling he was supposed to be mentoring—and then onwards to the party together."

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