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Prince Harry is ‘bizarrely hellbent on ruining Prince Charles reputation’

Prince Harry is ‘bizarrely hellbent’ on ruining Prince Charles reputation, according to friends who fear for the worst.

According to sources, The Prince of Wales is becoming “concerned over Harry’s chosen path” following news that his son is secretly writing his memoirs.

And insiders say Prince Charles reckons that Harry may be at a “crossroads” as he considers writing in detail and spilling the beans about his Royal life, reports our sister paper The Mirror.

Prince Charles friends believe that his son appears to be ‘bizarrely hellbent’ on trashing his dad’s reputation, despite the Prince of Wales working hard over twenty years to repair the damage done from his relationship fallout with Princess Diana and their subsequent divorce.

One royal insider said: “Sure, Charles can certainly be accused of being somewhat old school in his emotions at times, but he loves both his sons dearly and has done the very best for them throughout their lives.



Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during a walk to Devon and Cornwall

“It would be correct to say he is concerned over Harry’s chosen path and does feel the constant attacks on his parenting style and other hurtful comments of members of the family are completely unjust.

“He would never want to push Harry further away than he already is doing already but it’s a difficult situation.”

It was revealed this week that Prince Harry has been writing his secret memoirs with Pulitzer-winning ghostwriter J. R. Moehringer for the last twelve months of lockdown and plans to release the tome late next year.

Harry claims the book will tell all about his life and be “accurate and wholly truthful”.

It’s publication comes however as the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee in 2022, marking her record 70 years on the throne over four days of summer celebrations with an extra bank holiday in June.

Harry said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.”

Another source asked: “Is it his intention to ruin his father’s reputation as he prepares to be King?

“After all he has done for him it seems he is bizarrely hellbent on doing so which is incredibly sad.”



Prince Harry with wife Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle opened up in an interview earlier this year alongside Oprah Winfrey

The book plans follow Harry and his wife Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey and an appearance with James Corden on an LA open top bus.

It also follows The Me You Can See documentary with Oprah where Prince Harry slated he upbringing his father gave him.

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The Royals are preparing themselves for Harry to talk more about alleged racist comments about how ‘dark’ his children would be with Meghan and other rifts in the family.

Today senior aides at the palace said Charles was “getting on with the job” as he and his wife Camilla met up with schoolchildren on the Isles of Scilly.

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Saving their soles: After suing over ‘Satan Shoes’, here are 5 other times Nike was forced to defend its reputation

Saving their soles: After suing over ‘Satan Shoes’, here are 5 other times Nike was forced to defend its reputation

As a multinational sportswear giant that takes a stance on social issues, while also sponsoring athletes and politically-squabbling countries, Nike has often been embroiled in controversy and forced to defend its reputation.

The latest scandal threatening to bring its name into ill-repute involves Brooklyn-based streetwear company MSCHF, which has released a limited edition run of 666 pairs of Nike Air Max ‘97 sneakers dubbed ‘Satan Shoes’, whose air bubbles are filled with red ink and “one drop of human blood” and are adorned with diabolical symbols. 

Nike has stressed it has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the controversial footwear, and is taking MSCHF to court for potentially harming its reputation as well as copyright infringement. 
Also on rt.com Nike SUES Brooklyn company over ‘Satan Shoes’ in bid to salvage brand from critics
After the scramble to save their souls – or should be that ‘soles’ – here are five other occasions when Nike was forced to come out swinging.  

Pakistan Sweatshop Scandal

In 1996, Nike faced a backlash when Life magazine published a photo of a young boy sewing together its footballs in the Asian country. 

Its then chairman Phil Knight made a list of promises, including the minimum age to be raised to 18 for workers in shoe factories and 16 in their clothing factories. 

But an independent report in 2001, Still Waiting For Nike To Do It, found that workers were still doing excessive hours in high-pressure environments and failing to meet their children’s basic needs. 

“I think we’ve made significant strides, and I’m proud of what the company has done over the last three years,” Knight said at the time, as boycott movements raged.

“It may take a while longer, but I do think that it will be understood that Nike is a good citizen in all the countries that it operates in.”

Nike is accused of costing Brazil the 1998 World Cup

That they have still won the most World Cups of any nation is a source of immeasurable pride for Brazilians. 

But a then-fifth or sixth overall title slipped out of their reach at France ’98 when a headed brace by Zinedine Zidane handed the host nation the trophy. 

As the reigning Ballon d’Or holder, Ronaldo was on top of Planet Football. But a seizure meant he could not perform at his mercurial best. 

Edmundo would have been a better punt up front, yet instead Ronaldo was picked and it effectively meant Brazil played the French with 10 men while claims have also been made he was meant to mark Zidane. 

Gutted at being unable to retain the title, as seen in 1962 in the Pele era, conspiracy theories spread among the population in South American’s largest country that kit and Ronaldo sponsor Nike made him play.

At a congressional inquiry commission, R9 was forced to debunk them. “I only played after medical tests showed I was clinically and physically fit to do so. If the tests had showed otherwise, I would not have played,” he said. 

“The only thing Nike have asked of me is that I wear their boots.”

Colin Kaepernick takes a knee

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first began making political statements on social media against police brutality, then started taking the knee during the American national anthem from the preseason through to the NFL 2016 regular season.

Supposedly blackballed by prospective teams as a consequence, once he and the 49ers parted ways, Nike stood by the ousted controversial figure and even had him star in an award-winning advertisement. 

Nike shares took a nosedive and products were burned in counter-protests by patriots and Trump supporters.

The company tried to release a Betsy Ross-flag pair of Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July to make amends, but Kaepernick also kicked a stink by declaring he associated the symbol with slavery.

With Kaepernick now retired to focus on activism, the row has died down. But with race relations more strained than ever in the US, and the Black Lives Matter movement still going, it could flare up at any moment once more. 
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Nike boots prohibited for Iran players at Russia World Cup

Again at FIFA’s flagship international football tournament, Iran’s players were barred from wearing boots in Russia. 

The action came as part of US sanctions on the Middle Eastern Country, with Nike fearful of hefty fines if it didn’t toe the line on Donald Trump’s watch. 
Also on rt.com Iran hits back after Nike refuses to supply players with boots due to US sanctions
“US sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian national team at this time,” it said in an EPSN-published statement.

“Sanctions applicable to Nike have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law.”

The furor caused outrage among Iranians, who launched the No to Nike boycott movement as a response. 

Nike shuts down scandal-hit Oregon Project

Born in the US west coast city in 1964, Nike once ran the Oregon Project for elite long distance running but was forced to shut it down when a doping scandal involving head coach Alberto Salazar came to light.

“Nike has always tried to put the athlete and their needs at the front of all of our decisions,” began a statement, when Salazar was handed a four-year ban.

Though pointing out that there had been no discovery PEDs were used, it continued that “this situation including uninformed innuendo and unsubstantiated assertions has become an unfair burden for current OP athletes. That is exactly counter to the purpose of the team.

“We have therefore made the decision to wind down the Oregon Project to allow the athletes to focus on their training and competition needs. We will help all of our athletes in this transition as they choose the coaching set up that is right for them.”
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