Air New Zealand has mocked Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on social media after debunking a claim made by the Duke of Sussex in his new memoir, Spear.
In the best-selling book, the 38-year-old notes that Markle booked an Air New Zealand first-class ticket from Mexico to the UK for her father, Thomas Markle, in 2018.
However, a representative for the airline told the New Zealand Herald that it has never operated flights between Mexico and the UK and does not offer first-class tickets. It appears that the airline later searched for the couple on its official Twitter page.
“Introducing #SussexClass. Apparently soon,” the company wrote on Friday, adding a crown and eyes emoji.
Harry wrote in Spear that he and his wife urged her father to leave Mexico and travel to the UK to avoid media harassment after Thomas was caught posting paparazzi photos ahead of the couple’s 2018 royal wedding.
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The Duke of Sussex wrote: “We told him, leave Mexico now: a whole new level of harassment is about to rain down on you, so come to Britain. Now.”
A spokesperson for the airline responded to the allegations on Thursday, telling The New Zealand Herald, “We’ve never had flights between Mexico and the UK. We only have a leading airline.”
Twitter users had a mixed reaction to Air New Zealand’s tweet in responses, with some praising the cheeky response.
“Just another one of Harold’s many lies… busted,” one social media user wrote. “brilliant!” Another knock, adding three heart emojis.
“I love the personality of Air New Zealand,” added one user.
However, others criticized the airline for the joke.
“How unprofessional,” said one commenter.
“Poor form of flying New Zealand,” another agreed. “Someone on the social media team is clearly not a fan of Harry and I thought the entire customer base would find that funny.”
“Wow, I had a really good impression of Air New Zealand until I saw this. Surprisingly trashy. Gross,” another user shared on Twitter.
Some have also defended Harry’s account, arguing that Markle could have purchased a ticket that included a stopover in Los Angeles or a separate flight to LAX.
Since Spear’s publication on January 10, some readers have pointed out other alleged inconsistencies in the book.
In his memoirs, Harry referred to King Henry VI, who founded his alma mater at Eton College, as his “grandfather, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-grandfather, great-grandfather.”
However, historians and social media users have noted that Edward of Westminster, the only son of King Henry VI, died at the age of 17 at the Battle of Tewkesbury without having any children.
Harry also wrote that he was at Eton when his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, died in March 2002. According to GP News, citing extensive coverage of news reports at the time, Harry was on a skiing trip in Switzerland when the Queen Mother died.
The photos captured Harry as she flew back to the UK the day after her death, according to the outlet.
In addition, Harry shared that he received an Xbox on his 13th birthday in September 1997. He wrote that the gift was from his mother Princess Diana and was given to her by his aunt Lady Sarah McCorquodale after Diana died in a car accident in August 1997.
Social media users were quick to point out that the Xbox game console wasn’t released in the US until November 2001 and first released in Europe and Australia in March 2002.
Representatives for Harry, Markle, and the Penguin Random House did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment.
J.R. Moringer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning ghostwriter behind “Spear,” appeared to defend alleged errors in the memoir with a tweet Wednesday in which he posted a quote by writer Mary Carr.
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“The line between memory and truth is blurry, between explanation and truth. There are unintentional errors of this kind outside the wazoo,” the citation said.
After its highly anticipated release, the explosive book broke a record for its publisher, selling 1.4 million copies on its first day of publication.
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“Penguin Random House today announced the English language edition of SPARE. The memoir of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, sold more than 1,430,000 million units in all formats and versions in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom on its first day of publication, Tuesday, January 10, 2023,” a statement said. Issued by Penguin Random House, according to People magazine.
“The first full day of SPARE sales represents the largest first day sales total of any nonfiction book ever published by Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade publisher.”