Prince Harry’s former military adviser was “shocked” by the royal story of one of their training planes.
The Duke of Sussex wrote in his memoir “Spare” that Sergeant Major Michael Booley had deliberately grounded their Slingsby T67 Firefly without warning, but insisted that was not the case as “every aspect” of the flight could have been recorded. outside.
Michael said: “I am very surprised by this.” Even if you are wondering. “
“I heard the dance of the left wing, a terrible disturbance, of entropy, and, after a few seconds that felt like decades, he recovered the plane and straightened his wings.
“I looked at him. How can you really—? Was this a complete suicide attempt?’ No, he said calmly. This was the next step in my education. “
Michael – who ranks Harry as one of his top five students – insisted the account was “false”.
He told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: “Although the book commends me, the memory of race and education is not correct, I am afraid. It is important to highlight that nothing in the cockpit is surprising.
“Everything is explained in a nutshell, in every aspect.
“The story is broadcast exactly like the summary. The only time there are surprises is later in the syllabus, not as described in the book, when emergencies are introduced.
“Engine failure happens before the first solo apparently, if the student is facing a single problem.”
The 57-year-old veteran questioned the “drama” of Harry’s fighter jets, and said it could be down to the prince’s ghostwriter, John Joseph Moehringer.
He also said: “I think that the talk about flights has been done as a joke. I think it is the result of ghost writing. I didn’t call him Lt Wales, he was a policeman, and I called him Boss.
Despite his criticism of the book, Michael – who served in the army for 22 years – has a lot of “respect” for Harry.
He said: “He was very educated, very talented.” He is my friend and someone I respect a lot and he always listens to me.”