In damning criticism of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Hugo Vickers said Harry was mesmerised by “beguiling” Meghan – whose marriage has catapulted her from a minor actress to Hollywood superstardom. Speaking exclusively to the Daily Express ahead of his appearance at the online Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, Hugo said: “If you unwind it all you see an ambitious young woman who was a minor star, an actress who could dazzle him [Harry], and that’s exactly what she did.
“He, no doubt, thought he had found himself a very exotic and glamorous wife out of the norm. Actresses can be very beguiling. Unfortunately, he finds himself now living in California, away from his family, friends, his work, and the Army, and all the things he had known.
“He looks incredibly unhappy and has been hooked by a political activist as far as I can see.”
Hugo said Harry is “spouting all this rubbish which comes from her” and “he may think he believes it, but he doesn’t really”.
He added: “When Meghan said, ‘they are getting at me’, as a small boy he felt people were getting at his mother and he was too young to protect her.
“So when this girl says she needed protection he jumped to her side. But she’s not a victim at all. Now you have a situation where Netflix has basically bought a member of the Royal Family and that’s very unattractive.”
And Hugo will be watching the latest series of Netflix’s The Crown with “pen poised”, saying: “I have written a whole book called The Crown Dissected, in which I forensically take it apart episode by episode. It is beautifully filmed, well-acted, well-written, but it’s fundamentally dishonest. People are taken in by it.”
The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival runs from October 23-25 online at harrogateinternational festivals.com