Air New Zealand mocks Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as it debunks claim made in ‘Spare’

Air New Zealand has mocked Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on social media after debunking a claim by the Duke of Sussex in his new memoir ‘Spare’.

In the bestselling book, the 38-year-old recalled Markle booking a first class Air New Zealand 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. Later, the airline apparently searched the couple on its official Twitter page.

“Introducing #SussexClass. Apparently coming soon,” the company wrote on Friday, adding emoticons of a crown and eyes.

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Air New Zealand has mocked Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on social media after debunking a claim by the Duke of Sussex in his new memoir ‘Spare’. (Getty/Getty Images)

In ‘Spare’, Harry wrote that he and his wife urged his father to leave Mexico and fly to the UK to avoid media harassment after Thomas was caught staging paparazzi photos ahead of the couple’s royal wedding in 2018.

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“We told him, get out of Mexico straight away: a whole new level of harassment is about to rain down on you, so come to Britain. Now,” the Duke of Sussex wrote.

A spokesperson for the airline responded to the claims on Thursday, telling the New Zealand Herald: “We’ve never had flights between Mexico and the UK. And we only have Business Premier.”

Twitter users had a mixed reaction to Air New Zealand’s tweet in replies, with some praising the cheeky response.

“Just another of Harold’s many lies… foiled,” one social media user wrote. “BRIGHT!” another chimed in, adding three heart emojis.

“I love the personality of Air New Zealand,” one user added.

However, others criticized the airline for the joke.

“How unprofessional,” one commenter said.

“Bad form air nz,” agreed another. “Someone on the social media team is clearly not a fan of Harry and thought all the clientele would find it funny.”

“Wow, I had a very good impression of Air New Zealand until I saw this. Surprisingly petty. Rude,” added another Twitter user.

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Harry wrote that Meghan Markle bought a first-class ticket for her father Thomas Markle from Mexico to the UK in 2018 (Getty/YouTube/Getty/FoxNews)

Some have also defended Harry’s account, arguing that Markle could have purchased a ticket that included a layover in Los Angeles or a separate flight to LAX.

Since “Spare” was published on January 10, some readers have pointed out other alleged inconsistencies in the book.

In his memoirs, Harry refers to King Henry VI, who founded his alma mater Eton College as his “great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather”.

However, historians and social media users have noted that King Henry VI’s only son, Edward of Westminster, died aged 17 at the Battle of Tewkesbury without having any children.

Harry also wrote that he was at Eton when his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, died in March 2002. According to GB News, citing widespread media coverage at the time, Harry was on a trip from skiing in Switzerland when the Queen Mother died.

Photos captured Harry returning to the UK the day after his death, according to the outlet.

Additionally, Harry shared that he received an Xbox for his 13th birthday in September 1997. He wrote that the gift was from his mother Princess Diana and given to him by his aunt Lady Sarah McCorquodale after Diana’s death. in a car accident in August 1997.

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After its highly anticipated release, the explosive developer broke a record for its publisher by selling 1.4 million copies on its first day of release. (AP Photo, File/AP Images)

Social media users were quick to point out that the Xbox game console was not released in the United States until November 2001 and was first launched in Europe and Australia in March 2002. .

Representatives for Harry, Markle and Penguin Random House did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment.

JR Moehringer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning ghostwriter behind “Spare,” appeared to defend the alleged inaccuracies in the memoir with a Tweet on Wednesday in which he posted a quote from author Mary Karr.

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“The line between memory and fact is blurred, between interpretation and fact. There are inadvertent errors like this,” the quote said.

After its highly anticipated release, the explosive developer broke a record for its publisher by selling 1.4 million copies on its first day of release.

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“Penguin Random House today announced that the English language edition of SPARE, the memoir of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, has sold over 1,430,000 million units across all formats and editions in the States. United States, Canada and the United Kingdom on the first day of publication, Tuesday, January 10, 2023,” said a statement from Penguin Random House, according to People magazine.

“SPARE’s first full day of sales represents the largest first-day sales total for a nonfiction book ever published by Penguin Random House, the world’s largest commercial publisher.”

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