Prince Harry made his first TV appearance since his highly anticipated memoir ‘Spare’ was leaked on Thursday.
The pre-recorded interview, which aired in the UK at 9pm local time on public service broadcaster ITV, saw Harry address some of the book’s most explosive claims, including his drug use and fractured relationship with his family. .
He said he was “grateful” to have had the chance to tell his story in the memoirs and said if he had still been part of the Royal Family he would not have had the opportunity.
Among a wide-ranging discussion, which aired for 90 minutes with commercial breaks, Harry slammed former ‘Top Gear’ host Jeremy Clarkson following a newspaper column last month in which the star of ‘Clarkson’s Farm’ wrote that he ‘hates’ Meghan on a ‘cellular level’ and suggested she be made to ‘parade naked’ across Britain while people ‘throw bits of excrement at her “.
“[It was] horrible, hurtful and cruel to my wife,” Harry told Bradby of Clarkson’s column. “It also encourages other people in the UK and around the world, especially men, to think it’s okay to treat women this way.”
British tabloid The Sun, which published Clarkson’s column, later apologized while Clarkson said on Twitter that he was “horrified to have caused so much harm”, although he did not apologized.
Harry told interviewer Tom Bradby he felt ‘compassion’ for his father telling him that his mother, Princess Diana, had died in a car accident in 1997, along with details about his memories of his mother’s funeral, where he walked behind her casket on his way. at the funeral service alongside his brother William, his father King Charles II and his grandfather Prince Philip. He told Bradby that when he attended the funeral of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II last September, which followed the same route as Diana’s, he and William joked among themselves “at least we know the path”.
Harry also discussed the conspiracy theories that continue to swirl around his mother’s death, saying: “There’s a lot that’s unexplained.” But, after reviewing the records relating to his death, he says he doesn’t “really see the point” in opening another investigation.
In the interview, Harry also said it was “important to acknowledge” his drug use, which he details in the book, but avoided a question from Bradby about whether his cocaine use as a member of the state-funded royal family was a matter of public interest, British newspapers reported on it in the early to mid-2000s.
Harry also insisted that he did not write his memoirs with the intention of hurting his brother and father, despite the many intrusive and potentially damaging revelations they contained. “Nothing I’ve done in this book or otherwise has ever been [with] any intention to harm them,” he told Bradby. But he claimed his family had ‘gotten to bed with the devil’ by cooperating with the British press and suggested it was his opportunity to turn the record around.
Harry also went into detail about his and Meghan’s breakup with William and Kate, saying his brother and sister-in-law had been ‘Suits’ fans – ‘Who would have thought?’ Harry laughed – but said there were ‘lots of different reasons’ why they didn’t get along, including ‘stereotypes’ about Meghan being an ‘American, divorced, bi-racial actress’ . He also repeated his insinuation from the book that his family were jealous of Meghan, leading them to inform the press against her.
“They have shown no willingness to reconcile,” Harry told Bradby of his current relationship with his family. “I would like to get my father back. I would like my brother to come back.
“Spare” is due for release worldwide on Tuesday, January 10 in a maximum security environment. But Spanish retailers broke the strict embargo on January 5, apparently to maximize sales ahead of Spain’s ‘Three Kings Day’, which falls on January 6 each year and is Europe’s biggest retail holiday. year.
The leak led to a media frenzy as news outlets around the world rushed to get their hands on a Spanish copy, locally titled “En la Sombra” (“In the Shadows”) and frantically translated it. .
Amid the plethora of stories that emerged from the tome, Harry admitted to smoking weed, snorting cocaine and even taking magic mushrooms from ‘Friends’ alumnus Courteney Cox while she was out one night. He also details the night he lost his virginity, how he wet his underpants hours before his first date with Meghan, the frostbite on his penis at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011, his physical altercation with William, how he killed 25 Afghans fighting for the British Army, his last words to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, after her death last September, and details of private conversations he had with members of his family, including his father, King Charles III.
Bradby, who flew to California to conduct the lengthy interview with Harry, is the main presenter of ITV’s ‘News at 10’ and a former royal correspondent. He was reportedly close to both Harry and his brother, Prince William. In 2010, he was chosen to lead the engagement interview with newly engaged William and Kate Middleton (now Princess of Wales). And he pulled off a coup in 2019 with his documentary, ‘Harry & Meghan: An African Journey’, which followed the royal couple on tour of South Africa and saw them for the first time speak out about their displeasure at the within the British Royal Family. Meghan thanked Bradby for asking how she was doing, saying ‘Not many people have asked if I’m okay’ while Harry told the anchor of her relationship with William: ‘We’re definitely on different paths right now. moment. […] We don’t see each other as much as before. »
However, reports in the British media claim that the documentary, while representing a highlight of Bradby’s career, also ended his relationship with William.
Prince Harry has three more interviews with US media, including ’60 Minutes’ with Anderson Cooper, which is due to air tonight, ‘Good Morning America’ with Michael Strahan tomorrow morning and ‘The Late Show’ with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday. . evening. The interviews with Bradby, Cooper and Strahan were all reportedly taped before “Spare” leaked on Thursday.