Prince Harry has been duped by Russian pranksters into revealing private information about the Royal family and Megxit.
During the bizarre phone conversation, Prince Harry opened up about tension within the palace and revealed that he is “completely separate” from most of the Royal Family.
The two hoaxers, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, strangely posed as 17-year-old activist, Greta Thunberg, and her father during two phone conversations with the Prince – one on New Year’s Eve and the other on January 22. One of those conversations has now been published to YouTube and Facebook.
Speaking from his new home in Vancouver Island, Canada, Harry discussed everything from Meghan’s decision to step down as a senior royal to his thoughts on the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew.
"I can assure you, marrying a prince or princess is not all it’s made up to be," he said in the released recording. “But sometimes the right decision isn’t always the easy one.
“And this decision certainly wasn’t the easy one but it was the right decision for our family, the right decision to be able to protect my son. And I think there’s a hell of a lot of people around the world that can identify and respect us for putting our family first.
“But, yeah, it’s a tricky one, but we will start a new life.”
Harry also revealed that the pair weren’t stripped of their royal titles by the Queen.
“No, no, again you mustn’t believe what you read, no one has stripped us of our titles.
“Because of a technicality within the family, if we are earning money separately from within the family structure, then we obviously have been asked not to use our titles in order to make money, which we would never do.
“But the press managed to jump on that to make it look like we had been stripped.”
The pranksters went on to ask Harry whether he thought normal life was better than Royal life.
“Oh no, I think it’s much better," he said laughing.
"I was in the military for ten years so I'm more normal than my family would like to believe. But certainly, being in a different position now gives us the ability to say things and do things that we might not have been able to do.
“And seeing as everyone under the age of 35 or 36, seems to be carrying out an activist's role, gives us the opportunity to try and make more of a difference without being criticized."
With Harry completely convinced he was talking to Greta, he went on to answer questions about other members of the Royal family. When asked about the scandal surrounding his uncle Prince Andrew’s friendship with Jeffery Epstein, Harry says: “I have very little to do with that.”
“But whatever he has done or hasn’t done, is completely separate from me and my wife. We operate in a way of inclusivity and we are focusing on community. And so we are completely separate from the majority of my family.”
Harry is yet to comment on the leaked phone conversation, but a royal source tells The Sun, it was “completely natural” for him to want to talk to Greta.
The phone conversation has raised major security concerns for the couple, who no longer have the protection of the palace.
“As long as Harry and Meghan are over there, they’re out of the protection of the system,” Former press secretary to the Queen, Dickie Arbiter, told The Guardian.
This isn’t the first time these professional hoaxers have pranked celebrities. In the past hey have also duped Sir Elton John and actor Joaquin Phoenix.