Prince Harry smelled of alcohol and cigarettes during a meeting with Katie Couric, years before his relationship with Meghan Markle, the former Today host has claimed.
Couric, who works alongside Harry at the Aspen Commission on Information Disorder, said it was during his “wild-oats sowing phase” in her biography Going There.
Quoted by The Daily Mail, the CBS host wrote that cigarettes and alcohol seemed to “ooze from every pore.”
Harry told his Apple TV docuseries The Me You Can’t See how he experienced four years of chaos from aged 28 to 32.
Prince Harry said: “I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs. I was willing to do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling.
“But I slowly became aware that, OK, I wasn’t drinking Monday to Friday but I would probably drink a week’s worth in one day on a Friday or a Saturday night.
“And I would find myself drinking not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something.”
The duke turned 28 in the same month he flew out for his second tour of Afghanistan, in September 2012, four months after his interview with Couric was broadcast.
Harry met the journalist at a polo match in Brazil and did a sit-down interview in which he discussed brother Prince William‘s wedding to Kate Middleton the year before and how sad it was that Diana was not there.