Air New Zealand takes a swipe at Prince Harry after the airline debunked first-class flight claim made in his bombshell memoir
- Air New Zealand made savage swipe against Prince Harry over airline claim
- Duke of Sussex said Meghan bought first-class ticket for father Thomas Markle
- Airline immediately shut down claim saying it does not offer first-class tickets
Air New Zealand has taken a swipe at Prince Harry after he claimed Meghan booked a flight that the airline says never existed.
The Duke of Sussex had claimed Meghan purchased a first-class ticket from Mexico to Britain for her father Thomas Markle, over concerns of media harassment.
On Thursday, Air New Zealand rebuffed the claim saying it has never operated flights between Mexico and the United Kingdom and does not offer a first-class service.
The airline followed up its response by taking a cheeky dig at the Sussexes on Friday.
Air New Zealand has taken a swipe at Prince Harry after debunking one of his claims that he made about the airline in his memoir ‘Spare’
The Duke of Sussex had claimed Meghan purchased a first-class ticket from Mexico to Britain for her father Thomas Markle over concerns of media harassment
‘Introducing #SussexClass. Apparently coming soon,’ the airline wrote on Twitter.
The swipe has sparked mixed reactions online with some social media users unimpressed.
‘Bad form Air NZ. Someone in the social media team clearly isn’t a Harry fan and though the whole customer base would find this funny,’ one wrote.
A second added: ‘Note to you Air NZ, supporting and picking sides is not a smart idea.
‘Especially when the majority of the argument is around racism and treatment of people of colour.
‘Not sure who is operating your Twitter account but I strongly suggest to get them replaced.’
Other social media users applauded the dig backing Air New Zealand.
‘Any spare seats?’ one wrote.
In his memoir, Harry wrote Meghan had bought the first-class ticket to bring her estranged father to the UK.
‘We told him, leave Mexico right now: A whole new level of harassment is about to rain down on you, so come to Britain. Now,’ an excerpt from Spare revealed.
‘Air New Zealand, first class, booked and paid for by Meg.’
Air New Zealand rebuffed the claim on Thursday saying it has never operated flights between Mexico and the United Kingdom – and it does not offer a first class service
The airline followed up its response by taking a cheeky dig at the Sussexes on Friday
Air New Zealand promptly shut down the claim saying it did not offer first-class service.
‘We’ve never had flights between Mexico and the UK. And we only have Business Premier,’ an Air NZ spokesperson told the New Zealand Herald.
The book reveals that the Sussexes rebuffed the late Queen’s suggestion that Meghan should fly to Mexico and try to salvage her relationship with her father.
Other questions of the bombshell memoir’s accuracy have been raised after eagle-eyed readers on social media found other inaccuracies.
In ‘Spare’, the duke writes of his ‘great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather’, King Henry VI who founded Eton College and died in 1471 – despite the fact Henry VI’s direct lineage ended after his son, Edward of Westminster, died as a childless teenager at the Battle of Tewkesbury.
Prince Harry’s actual great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was King George III, who reigned from 1760 and 1811, more than three centuries after Henry VI died.
Historians were quick to take to social media to question the accuracy of Harry’s link to Henry VI, the last of the Lancastrian dynasty.
Royal correspondent Patricia Treble pointed out the genealogical error and the fact Henry VI had no descendants after his son’s death in 1471.
Others pointed the blame for the Henry VI error at the memoir’s ghostwriter, award-winning American journalist and author J.R. Moehringer.