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

In the list of public scandals Prince Harry has been involved in over the years, there is one that sits at the very top: the time he wore a Nazi uniform as his costume on Halloween in 2005.

The royal, who was 20 years old at the time, has since apologized profusely for his decision, but in his new memoir, Spare, he partially blames brother Prince William and wife Catherine, Princess of Wales, for it.

Per an excerpt allegedly obtained by the NY Post, Prince Harry recalls in the book that he was debating between dressing as a Nazi or a pilot for the "Native and Colonial"-themed costume party, when he went to William and Kate for advice.

"I phoned Willy and Kate, asked what they thought. Nazi uniform, they said," Harry allegedly writes, saying he then tried the costume on in front of them. "They both howled. Worse than Willy's leotard outfit! Way more ridiculous! Which, again, was the point."

Harry went with the Nazi look, and soon, a photo of him in a white military shirt and red swastika armband holding a drink and a cigarette made headlines in the British newspapers and around the world.

The incident came two weeks before the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

new york january 13 a copy of the new york post front page lies on display featuring a royal nazi headline january 13, 2005 in new york city british royal, prince harry, reportedly attended a fancy dress party wearing a khaki uniform with an armband emblazoned with a swastika, the emblem of the german wwii nazi party photo by stephen cherningetty images
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In his and wife Meghan Markle's Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan, the Duke of Sussex calls the decision "one of the biggest mistakes of my life," and admits he "felt so ashamed afterward."

In an attempt to make things right, he says he met with the chief rabbi in London, and went to Berlin to speak to a Holocaust survivor.

The royal also says in the doc that over the years, he has become more and more aware of the concept of "unconscious bias," and has done the work to identify it when it's there and educate himself in topics he is not fluent in.

Spare will be released this January 10.

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