After Dominic West revealed over the weekend that he was no longer friends with Prince Harry, more details have been revealed about how Harry was allegedly annoyed that the actor said too much during ‘a press conference on the “two-day bender” which they and others took advantage of upon arriving. to the South Pole during a 2013 charity hike with wounded military veterans.
During an interview Sunday with Times Radio, West, who plays King Charles III in the Netflix series “The Crown,” didn’t say much about his falling out with Harry, only that “we kind of ( lost contact because) I said too much in a press conference,” Us Weekly reported. The press conference in question took place after Harry and West completed Walking With the Wounded, a three-week expedition across Antarctica with military veterans, some of whom were amputees.
Daily Mail columnist Richard Eden reported that West’s close friend told him that Harry was particularly angry about an anecdote shared by the British actor. This was due to the way the hikers drank champagne from the prosthetic leg of one of their comrades after reaching the South Pole.
“Harry threw a (cussing) fit,” West’s friend told Eden. “He accused Dominic of invading his privacy. Dominic told him not to be ridiculous. Since then, they have not spoken to each other.
During the news conference, Harry, an Army veteran and founder of the Invictus Games, was generally formal and reserved in his remarks about the 208-mile expedition, while West spoke candidly. West said: “Two of the Australians stripped naked and ran around the pole, but most of us, including Harry, just went on a two-day joyride with the Icelandic truck drivers who had brought with them a deadly homemade drink.”
“There was a lot of alcohol drunk,” West added. “We all drank champagne with (one of) the team’s favorite prosthetic legs.”
According to West, the prosthetic leg belonged to Duncan Slater, a double amputee injured in Afghanistan in 2009. Slater corroborated West’s story at the press conference, admitting, “We decided to use my legs as a bucket of water.” primitive ice. I don’t know why we did it, but we did it!
It’s curious that Harry might still hold a grudge against West over everything the actor said about the crew’s heavy drinking on the expedition – given that Harry wrote a lot about his excessive drinking in his memoir, “Spare.”
In fact, in his book he admitted that there was a lot of drinking during the trip to the South Pole. Although he doesn’t mention West in “Spare,” Harry said the team spent a week or two preparing for the expedition by “carb-loading” and “drinking vodka.” He also said he walked through the snow with a broken toe – the result of a piece of furniture falling on his foot after a recent night of heavy drinking in the UK.
Once the team reached the South Pole, Harry admitted that it was possible that they had been drinking champagne with a comrade’s prosthetic leg. “Some press reports say one of the soldiers tore his leg off and we used it as a mug to drink champagne from, which seems about right, but I don’t remember,” Harry wrote. “I’ve drank alcohol with several prosthetic legs in my life and I can’t swear this was one of those occasions.”
It’s also curious that Harry was reportedly upset that West was “invading his privacy” during the press conference. Critics of Harry said he invaded his own privacy a bit in “Spare” — as well as the privacy of his royal relatives when he revealed details of his conflicts with them.
Harry was also accused of saying too much about frostbite to his penis during a similar hike in a frozen landscape two years earlier. In 2011, Harry traveled to the North Pole and wrote that he suffered frostbite in his “nether regions.” He said his “toddler” made him feel uncomfortable when he was best man for his eldest, Prince William, at his wedding to Kate Middleton.
The Duke said he eventually found relief by applying Elizabeth Arden cream to the affected area. He mentioned that it was the same product that his late mother, Princess Diana, used on her lips. “I felt like my mother was there in the room,” Harry wrote. “Then I took some and applied it… there. “Weird” doesn’t really do that feeling justice.
Harry also shared that he avoided frostbite in the same area during his trip to the South Pole by hiring a seamstress to create a special cushion for that area – “square, supportive” and “sewn from scraps of fleece the sweetest “.
During the controversial 2014 press conference, West gloated about some of Harry’s other actions during the expedition.
“(Harry) was very much part of the team,” said the actor, who also played alcoholic detective Jimmy McNulty on “The Wire.”
“He seemed to specialize in building latrines,” West said. “He built this incredible castellated structure with blocks to protect against the wind, and it even had a (toilet paper) roll holder.”
Because of their argument, West explained that he couldn’t talk to Harry about playing his father in “The Crown.” West joined the Netflix series in season 5 of 2022, playing Charles as he deals with his divorce from Diana and the aftermath of her death in 1997.
Harry once admitted to watching episodes of the series, which dramatizes the reign of his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
“It gives you a general idea of that lifestyle, the pressures of putting duty and service before family and everything else, what can come from that,” Harry said on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” in February 2021. “I am much more comfortable with “The Crown” than with stories written about my family, my wife or myself.
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