Airline takes swipe at claim in Harry’s tell-all book

By Lisa James
13/01/2023
Home » Airline takes swipe at claim in Harry’s tell-all book

Air New Zealand has made a dig at a claim in Prince Harry’s new book, which says Meghan Markle booked first-class flights with the airline.

In the book, Spare, Harry recalls telling Meghan’s dad, Thomas Markle, to come to the UK to avoid press intrusion, ahead of their wedding in 2018..

He says Meghan bought a first-class ticket from her dad’s home country of Mexico to the UK on the Kiwi carrier.

“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,” Harry says in the book.

“Air New Zealand, first class, booked and paid for by Meg.”

But the airline told the New Zealand Herald: “We’ve never had flights between Mexico and the UK. And we only have Business Premier.”

The airline’s social media team posted on its @FlyAirNZ Twitter account to say: “Introducing #SussexClass. Apparently coming soon.”

However, some people say the tweet has backfired, with one accusing Air New Zealand of being ‘unprofessional’, one telling ANZ to ‘focus more on the passenger experience’ and another saying the tweet was ‘surprisingly petty’.

Another said: “You could have taken a different flight path and flown higher above the Meghan and Harry hate filled runway, BUT YOU DIDN’T.”

A report in StuffNZ, New Zealand’s largest news website, came out in defence of Prince Harry’s version of events, saying that, up until the pandemic, Air New Zealand had run flights between Los Angeles and London and Meghan could have booked a connecting flight with ANZ’s Star Alliance partner, United Airlines, from Mexico.

It was also pointed out that Americans often refer to business class as first class.

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