‘Kilkeel doesn’t need Prince Harry’, say villagers over fallout of his book ‘Spare’

Whether you like him, loathe him, or simply don’t care about him, everyone has an opinion on Prince Harry.

After yet another tell-all interview, this time with ITV’s Tom Bradby, public opinion for the Duke of Sussex in Northern Ireland does not appear to be greatly improved.

Back in 2018, just months before Harry and Meghan Markle married, the couple visited Belfast and Lisburn.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn in 2018

They were met by crowds of adoring fans in Belfast.

The people loved them.

Five years on, and the public reaction in Kilkeel, were Prince Harry is Baron, is not so positive.

"I don't really care for any of the royals, so I never supported him before, I don't support him now."

"I think he is being very childish really, in all his comments about the rest of them. I think most people keep those things private".

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were awarded the peerage of Baron and Baroness of Kilkeel back in 2018.

However, they did not visit the village from which they were given their subsidiary titles. Something which one woman who lives in Kilkeel is not too bothered about.

"That was a pipe-dream reality, our location, our mountains, our sea, our working harbour, that does more for tourism than any Prince or ex-prince."

Despite leaks of the book in Spanish and many of the most shocking revelations already exposed, there is much anticipation for Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare”, which will be released on 10 January.

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