PRINCE Harry “oozed alcohol from every pore” and stank of cigarettes during his “wild-oats sowing phase”, a famous US TV host has claimed.
Katie Couric has detailed encounters with both the Duke of Sussex and his uncle, Prince Andrew, in her new memoir Going There.
And neither of the royals get good reviews from the TODAY presenter.
She met Harry at a polo match in Brazil – but criticised his odour of booze and cigarettes, which seemed to “ooze from every pore”, the Daily Mail reports.
The prince has admitted turning to drugs to cope with his mum’s death.
The 37-year-old opened up about his struggles with his mental well-being and the trauma that haunts him in recent doc The Me You Can’t See.
“I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs, I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling,” he said.
“But I slowly became aware that, okay, 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.”
When he was 17, Harry was reportedly sent to rehab by Charles after he was caught smoking cannabis.
St James’s Palace later confirmed that Harry had “experimented with the drug on several occasions” but said he was not a “regular” user.
Couric also turned her poison pen on Andrew – and claims he cozied up to Jeffrey Epstein at a bizarre dinner at his New York mansion.
She was among those to attend a dinner at the $75million property in 2010, describing the home as “Eyes Wide Shut with a twist – creepy chandeliers and body-part art”.
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Guests ate lasagna out of shallow bowls and Epstein “held court” to Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Rose in front of the fireplace.
Couric wrote: “I couldn’t imagine what Epstein and Andrew were up to, apart from trying to cultivate friends in the media.
“Which, in retrospect, they must have figured they’d need.”
The Duke of York is set to face a bombshell sex assault lawsuit in the US after the High Court in the UK agreed to serve him papers.
He faces allegations he forced Virginia Roberts Giufrre to sleep with him when she was 17.
Ms Robert was a former sex slave of late paedophile financier Epstein.
Legal experts have predicted she could be awarded around £14million if she wins.
‘I TURNED TO DRINK’
He vehemently denies the allegations against him.
Sources claim he’s “worried” about the case – after initially feeling confident the allegation would be dropped.
He previously hoped to have the case thrown out on a technicality after his Hollywood lawyer argued the documents hadn’t been officially served.
However, with the knowledge the case will go ahead, sources reveal his bullish mood has changed, it’s claimed.
“He’s not been his usual blasé self, acting like everything is in hand,” the source alleged.
“The issue has suddenly become very pressing and there is a distinct tension in the air.
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