Two Russian pranksters pretending to be Greta Thunberg and her father Svante called Prince Harry in his Canadian home and the Prince revealed a bit too much personal details, not knowing he was talking to strangers who have now publicized the call.
Russians pranksters, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, who had previously pranked Elton John, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Democrat Bernie Sanders, pranked Prince Harry then posted the footage online.
During two revealing conversations with the hoaxers (pictured above) posing as Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, 17, and her father Svante, Harry spoke about withdrawing from royal life, Donald Trump, Brexit, climate change, Boris Johnson, and Prince Andrew. He also spoke about the tabloid media that wants to “destroy” his and Meghan’s “reputation” and “sink” them.
The Duke of Sussex said he was “completely separate” from the Royal Family and chose to withdraw from royal life to “protect his son”
Prince Harry told them that “marrying a prince or princess isn’t all it’s made up to be”, and insisted his military service had made him “more normal than his family would like to believe.”
He told the Russians of his decision to step down: “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.”
The audio continues with Harry saying: “You forget, 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.”
The prince also claimed Mr Trump had “blood on his hands” over his climate credentials and labelled the British political system “broken”.
Harry, 35, is thought to have taken the calls on New Year’s Eve and January 22 while staying on Vancouver Island in Canada.
Key points Harry made during the calls were: that he and Meghan were finding normality “much better” than royal life; that the world was being run by “some very sick people”; and that his uncle Prince Andrew, is “completely separate from him and his wife”.
To get a reaction from Harry, the pranksters told him that Donald Trump had run away from Greta Thunberg, and Harry responded: “What a surprise.”
Thinking he was talking to Greta, he said: “But Trump will want to meet you to make him look better but he won’t want to have a discussion about climate change with you because you will outsmart him.
“Whether you have an option to meet President Trump or an option to meet Boris Johnson, I think I would always.
“It’s far more important to have an open dialogue and have conversation with these people than not.”
Still speaking on Donald Trump, Harry said: “The mere fact that Donald Trump is pushing the coal industry is so big in America, he has blood on his hands.”
He urged the fake Greta to seek a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, saying: “I think he is a good man, so you are one of few people who can reach into his soul and get him to feel and believe in you.
“But you have to understand that because he has been around for so long like all of these other people, they are already set in their ways. They believe what they want to believe, they believe what they have been told.
“What you are now saying to them is not only inconvenient but is completely against everything they have ever believed. So that is what you’re up against, up against changing habits, as you know.”
Speaking on Megxit, Harry said: “I can assure you, marrying a prince or princess is not all it’s made up to be. There’s lots of layers to it and lots of pieces to the puzzle. Sometimes the right decision isn’t always the easy one, but it was the right decision for our family.
“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. It’s a tricky one, but we will start a new life.”
On the climate, Harry said: “Unfortunately, the world is being led by some very sick people, so people like yourselves and (the) younger generation are the ones that are going to make all the difference.
“People need to be woken up and the only way to wake people up from what effectively is a consciousness crisis is, I think, you need to be doing extreme things.
“What you need to do is make real big changes that actually shock people, and it’s that shock factor that wakes people up.”
When asked about Prince Andrew’s relationship with Jeffery Epstein, Harry was careful with his answer.
He said: “I have very little to say on 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.”
On himself, Harry said: “I was in the military for ten years, so I’m more normal than my family would like to believe.”
Speaking on the Election, Harry said: “The fact that our choice was between those two individuals in my mind, I think, probably creates more of an observation that the system itself might be broken. There’s a lot that the leaders of today can learn and can listen to people like yourself.”
Harry also reacted to the outrage that resulted from he and Meghan using private jets to travel while preaching about climate change.
He said: “Unfortunately, there’s very few alternatives. We have to fly on commercial planes all over the world. Nowhere near as much as most people who do it for a night or weekends. Certainly for my family, to protect my family, from these people, as you can well understand.”
Speaking about the media, he said: “What they don’t understand is the battle we are fighting against them is far more than just us.”
The prince said this while providing advice to fake Greta about dealing with the media.
He said: “The best advice I can give on that is to be able to see through the fear.
“For most, all of my life, I’ve always been part of a family and part of a country that is scared of the tabloid media because they have so much power and influence and no morals (chuckles).
“From the moment that I found a wife that was strong enough to be able to stand up for what we believe in together, has basically scared them so much that they’ve now come out incredibly angry, they’ve come out fighting, and all they will try and do now is try and destroy our reputation and try and, you know, sink us.
“But what they don’t understand is the battle we are fighting against them is far more than just us.
“So I think one of the, what I’ve always believed, one of the strongest ways to change mindset and be able to raise consciousness and be able to create self-awareness among people, is to challenge the media and say you have a responsibility and you are accountable for everything you are feeding people because you are brainwashing people, so this is far bigger than just us.
“Even though they want to make it personal they are scared because we are some of the first two people willing to stand up to their bullying and my wife, we can’t stand back.
“It hasn’t been very nice. It’s been horrible but we will come out of it stronger people.”
Listen to the call below.