'#SussexClass': Airline trolls Prince Harry over claim of booking flight for Thomas Markle that 'doesn't exist'

'#SussexClass': Airline trolls Prince Harry over claim of booking flight for Thomas Markle that 'doesn't exist'
Air New Zealand takes shot at Harry for writing in his book that Meghan had book first class air tickets to the UK for her father, Thomas Markle. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala; Getty Images)

MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA: With the release of Prince Harry’s memoir ‘Spare,’ a lot of fresh stories about the Sussexes' time as royals have been made public. The latest claim has been savagely debunked by Air New Zealand, who are mentioned as part of the story. In the book, the Duke of Sussex claims that his wife, Meghan Markle, had booked a flight the airline is claiming had never existed in the first place.

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The ticket that Prince Harry claims Meghan to have purchased is a first class ticket from Mexico to Britain for her estranged father Thomas Markle. However, Air New Zealand has rebuffed the claims and stated that they never operated flights between these locations, further stating that they do not offer a ‘first class’ service at all. According to the Daily Mail, the airline then also posted a cheeky tweet blasting the duke’s claims.

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The tweet posted by the airline reads, “Introducing #SussexClass, Apparently coming soon”, and has the internet divided about whether or not the tweet is in poor taste. While some posted comments appreciating the humorous nature in which the airline chose to make its displeasure known, some others chose to slam the airline fir being cheeky and disrespectful. Some have even gone on to post proof that the airline was false in their claims.

A Boeing 787 operated by Air New Zealand takes off from Shanghai airport
A Boeing 787 operated by Air New Zealand takes off from Shanghai airport. (Photo: Getty Images)

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“I like your sense of humour. Lol,” one user replied, while another said, “Harry and Megan wanted attention. And now they have it!” A third user praised the tweet by asking for the social media handlers to be given a raise, “Give your SM agency a bonus for this.” Another tweet reads, “I love this!  Good on them!  Best way to confront lies is with humour.”

A user said, “This is so funny! Even funnier when you read all the replies from obvious Sugars saying "Concentrate on your customer service not doing silly tweets"! Sugars have zero sense of humour when it comes to HazNoBalls and Me-graine! Well played!"

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speak onstage at the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala at New York Hilton on December 06, 2022 in New York City.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speak onstage at the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala at New York Hilton on December 06, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala)

There were a lot of negative replies as well, from those who thought the joke was in poor taste. “You do fly from Los Angeles and San Diego. Anyone living in Rosarito is going to fly out of SAN, and sometimes out of LAX if the fares are better. YOU KNOW THIS. The British Media knows this too. So sad to see you jumping on board their abuse for some attention.” Another tweet read, “Given your awful customer service this last year you’d be no one’s first choice. Think yourself lucky you got a mention in a massively selling book!” 

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One user went so far as to show proof in support of Prince Harry's claims. "Air New Zealand was still flying to London via Los Angeles until 2020. The wedding was in 2018. Harry was referencing a flight from LA, had the sperm donor taken his advice to leave Mexico and hole up in LA before flying to London."



 

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