Private investigator Gavin Burrows, who signed a lengthy witness statement in 2021 on which Harry’s accusations of illegal news gathering rely, sensationally retracted his story last week.
“Harry went into that courtroom looking fairly relaxed, but he came out a totally different man,” says an onlooker. “You could tell it rocked him.”
Further afield, Harry’s tendency to overshare may have put his new life in the US with wife Meghan, 41, and kids Archie, almost 4, and Lilibet, who turns 2 in June, at serious risk. In his memoir Spare, Harry writes that he used cocaine in the past, and had also done acid, magic mushrooms, marijuana and ayahuasca (a plant-based psychedelic).
All of these are federally banned substances in America and it was revealed last week that US think tank The Oversight Project has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to ascertain how Harry scored a US visa with his self-proclaimed history of drug use.
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They question whether Harry was “properly vetted” and claims there is a “potential revocation of Prince Harry’s visa for illicit substance abuse”.
A source within the duke’s camp was quick to insist, via UK newspaper The Telegraph, that he told the “truth” in his US visa application.
It comes as Harry’s book drew vehement backlash for revealing private details about the King and the Prince and Princess of Wales, and has left his attendance at his father’s coronation in doubt.
“There’s so much pressure on Harry, mostly self-inflicted, and it’s only a matter of time before he cracks,” says our insider. “His oldest friends fear this is going to end in tears and Harry won’t have anyone left to pick up the pieces.”
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