Prince Harry’s claims that he was ‘not allowed to cycle’ by his parents as a child have been questioned by a royal expert.
The comments, where the Duke of Sussex compared his childhood in England to that of his three-year-old son Archie in the US, came during his controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey last year.
Welcoming his family’s new life in California, he said: “I guess the highlight for me is sticking it [Archie] on the back of a bike in his little baby seat and take him for bike rides, which I never got to do when I was young.”
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Harry then doubled down on his bike take, telling Dax Shepard on the Armchair Expert podcast last May that he “would never have had the chance” to ride with dad Prince Charles like his son does now.
But royal commentator Daniela Elser looked into the matter after unearthing photos of Harry enjoying a bike ride with his father as a youngster.
Writing on news.com.au, she said: “As far as Harry is concerned, only now does he have the freedom to tie up his two-year-old boy and cycle around the exclusive neighborhood, just a father and son, the dappled sun and a Range Rover full of protection officers purring in their wake.”
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Elser countered by saying there were at least four occasions when Charles took him with Prince William for fun on two wheels – “because there are uncomfortable family photos of him riding do it”.
Charles was previously pictured on his bike on the Balmoral grounds in 1988 towing a four-year-old Harry behind him in a cart, while Elser said the two sons were also pictured riding bikes on the Sandringham estate two years old later.
The TSWT has contacted the Duke of Sussex for comment.