Prince Harry Misinformation Job Sparks Backlash From U.K. Commentators

Prince Harry is taking up a new role examining misinformation, but the move has been criticized by British commentators who accuse his wife Meghan Markle of telling a "fib" to Oprah Winfrey.

The Duke of Sussex has been hired by the Aspen Institute non-profit to act as a part-time commissioner, alongside Rupert Murdoch's daughter-in-law Kathryn Murdoch. Together with 13 other commissioners and three co-chairs, they will spend six months examining what Aspen describes as the "information disorder problem."

Prince Harry said: "The experience of today's digital world has us inundated with an avalanche of misinformation, affecting our ability as individuals as well as societies to think clearly and truly understand the world we live in."

However, yesterday's announcement prompted two frequent critics of the Duchess of Sussex to go on Fox News to accuse the couple of hypocrisy.

Prince Harry Interviewed by Oprah Winfrey
Prince Harry is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey with his wife Meghan for a CBS Primetime Special broadcast on March 7. Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese/Getty Images

Dan Wootton, a GB News anchor and former journalist at The Sun, tied the Aspen role to newspaper reports challenging Harry and Meghan's claim that they married in a private ceremony three days before their official Windsor Castle wedding.

A marriage certificate released by the U.K.'s General Registry Office confirms that the couple's legally binding wedding was the one televised around the world, which suggests that the event mentioned in their tell-all interview with Winfrey was an unofficial exchange of vows.

Wootton told Fox: "It's incredibly difficult. Meghan told Oprah she was going to reveal her truth but this isn't her truth. It's a fib.

"She didn't get married three days before the royal wedding. That is now proven. The marriage certificate has been sought out by the British media.

"What's particularly ironic about this is just today Prince Harry has been named a commissioner for the Aspen Institute on disinformation.

"And actually perhaps when you're talking about disinformation, it seems to be coming out of Meghan's mouth during her Oprah interview."

Piers Morgan, former host of Good Morning Britain, added: "This is a girl who dreamed of one day marrying her prince. She tells the story of The Little Mermaid in the Oprah interview to melt our hearts about she met her prince and then got silenced.

#EXCLUSIVE: Prince Harry reveals to @Oprah a “large part of” the reason he and Meghan left the UK was because of racism. #OprahMeghanHarry

— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 8, 2021

"The one thing these two haven't been is silent. They never stop yapping and now they're yapping on a global TV interview stage."

Wootton and Morgan's comments came against the backdrop of a renewed attempt to defend the duchess by celebrity friends such as Serena Williams.

The tennis champion said: "Meghan is a great person and I think the epitome of strength, the epitome of confidence, the epitome of just selflessness.

"And I know it's not easy and you could see from the interview that it wasn't easy, but she just had so much poise and she still had so much class. I just think that she really is one of the strongest people I know."

The Winfrey interview has been beset by claims and counter claims.

In the days before its broadcast, British newspapers revealed that a bullying complaint was lodged against Meghan by a Kensington Palace aide in October 2018.

Jason Knauf, then communications secretary, told Prince William's private secretary, Simon Case, that Meghan had bullied two PAs out of the royal household.

However, Meghan's friend Janina Gavankar went on British TV to claim: "I also know why someone had to leave and it was for gross misconduct.

"The truth will come out. There's plenty of emails and texts about that."

CBS also came under fire after appearing to have fabricated headlines that purported to be from British newspapers but do not seem to have been published anywhere online or in print.

The broadcaster has not commented, but Harpo Productions said it stood by the interview.