Prince Harry Says He Predicted Capitol Riot, Warned Twitter CEO of 'Coup'

Prince Harry says he predicted the Capitol riot and warned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey the day before—but has not "heard from him since."

The Duke of Sussex condemned misinformation online and in the mainstream media during an appearance at online conference Re:Wired.

Asked whether he had had the chance to make his case directly to the social media platform, he replied that he had been in touch with Twitter's chief executive.

Prince Harry said: "Jack and I were emailing each other prior to January 6 where I warned him that his platform was allowing a coup to be staged.

"That email was sent the day before and then it happened and I haven't heard from him since."

The day Harry sent his message, Trump supporters were openly planning demonstrations in Washington, D.C. while Black churches were preparing to become targets.

Donald Trump had suggested that Vice President Mike Pence might interfere in the election certification process, telling a rally: "I hope Mike Pence comes through for us, I have to tell you."

Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio was banned from D.C. by a judge on January 5 after burning a Black Lives Matter banner from Asbury United Methodist Church.

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, revealed at the #REWIRED2021 conference today that he had emailed Twitter CEO @Jack Dorsey prior to the Capitol riots on January 6th to warn him that “his platform was allowing a coup to be staged."

— WIRED (@WIRED) November 10, 2021

On Parler, Tarrio said in a statement the same day as Harry's email: "The Proud Boys will turn out in record numbers on Jan 6th but this time with a twist.

"We will not be wearing our traditional Black and Yellow. We will be incognito and we will spread across downtown DC in smaller teams."

A Washington Post article on January 5 read: "The hearing came as two days of demonstrations were getting underway in downtown Washington by supporters of President Trump's false assertions that he won the presidential election.

"Far-right online forums are urging demonstrators to bring firearms Wednesday, in violation of District laws, and D.C. police are providing some Black churches extra protection."

The newspaper added that the Proud Boys had "shown up ready to fight."

Harry used his appearance at Re:Wired to renew his criticisms of mainstream media and social media, citing the death of his mother Princess Diana in a car crash while she was being chased by paparazzi.

He said: "The incentives of publishing are not necessarily aligned with the incentives of truth. My experience, I guess, has been more pre-social media around the U.K. press, who sadly conflated profit with purpose and news with entertainment.

"And they don't report the news, they create it. They've successfully turned fact-based news into opinion-based gossip with devastating consequences for the country.

"I lost my mother to this self-manufactured rabidness and obviously I'm determined not to lose the mother of my children to the same thing.

"And what I said in the mental health series many months ago that they won't stop until she's dead, that was I guess more of a warning not a challenge."

Twitter declined to comment when contacted by Newsweek.

Update 11/10/21, 6:30 a.m. ET: This article was updated to add Twitter's response to Newsweek.

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Prince Harry, seen at One World Observatory, New York City, on September 23, 2021, said he warned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey the day before the Capitol riots. The Duke of Sussex said he has not heard from Dorsey since. Taylor Hill/WireImage