In the first of a series of interviews promoting new memoir Spare, Prince Harry said he had “spent the last six years trying to communicate with my family in private” before it came to the point of “fleeing my home country in fear for our lives”.
Harry has delivered an extraordinary campaign against the ‘briefings, leaks and plantings’ to the press that have come from members of his own royal family about him and his wife Meghan Markle as the reason he is now going public with the first documentary netflix Harry and Meghan then the book plus a series of interviews including three in the United States in the next 24 hours.
“The plantation level of other royals means in my mind that they have written thousands of books,” he added. “It got to the point where we had to leave. The twisted narrative is that we wanted to leave to make money but we didn’t, we would have stayed a lifetime of service.
Sitting down for the much-anticipated interview with his friend and ITV correspondent Tom Bradby, Harry slammed “some royals who have slept with the devil” – the devil being the British tabloid.
While he says he “understands” why they did this, he seeks “reconciliation” and therefore tells his story through documentaries and a book. Harry didn’t specify who he was referring to with his ‘diabolical’ remarks, but they will no doubt have UK commentators playing guessing games after an in-depth 90-minute interview that could leave his hopes for ‘reconciliation’ dangling. -ones. no further.
The Duke of Sussex, who is now based in Los Angeles with his wife, said he spent almost the entire period of his relationship with the former Combinations the actor “writing letters, having conversations and writing emails” to other royals about their struggles, but was always told: “That’s not what’s happening , you imagine it.”
He urged his family to “do a lot of work on themselves” in the same vein as him, stressing his recognition of the “unconscious bias” issues he has tackled over the past few years.
“The family could learn a lot from it,” he said.
The ‘unconscious bias’ was part of a weird section of the interview in which Harry appeared to say the unnamed ‘racist royal’ – who he and Markle pointed out during their Oprah interview in 2021 – asked who point their son Archie’s skin would be dark – was actually not racist but rather exhibiting unconscious bias.
“There were a lot of stereotypes”
Although they were Combinations fans, he said his brother Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton disliked Markle almost immediately and “there were a lot of stereotypes” because Markle was an “American, divorced, biracial actress.”
“That stereotype created a barrier for them to let her in,” he added. “They lived in the tabloid bubble rather than the real thing.” Incidentally, Harry is pursuing three different lawsuits against UK tabloid media organizations, including one in which he and a number of high-profile figures accused the Daily Mail homeowner to hire investigators to install listening devices in their homes.
Much of the interview was devoted to discussing the now almost completely broken relationship between Harry and William, many of whom had been teased before the launch of Spare. He spoke about the difference in media coverage of his relationship with Markle compared to William and Middleton and said William told him when he got engaged to Markle: “It’s going to be very difficult for you.”
“I’ve spent the last six years trying to communicate with my family privately,” he added, in response to a question about his much-criticized decision to repeatedly go public with the issues.
“If it had stopped before the time when I fled my country with my wife and son fearing for our lives, then maybe things would have turned out differently.”
Later, referring to the marriage of his father, the current King Charles III, to Camilla Parker Bowles, Harry produced another excerpt from the book in which he said he had urged the couple not to marry.
Harry then discussed the heartbreaking death of his mother, Princess Diana, 25 years ago, after reading an excerpt from the book when his father first told him his mother had died.
“It’s relatable for anyone who has suffered a loss,” he added, before speaking of feeling the “wet hands” of well-wishers in the days following Diana’s death – well-wishers drying their tears.
He said people watching Harry and Meghan will ask “why would you want your family back?” but he “100% wants them back”, adding: “I hope the reconciliation between my family and us will have a ripple effect all over the world.”
He said he was “now at peace”, which “angers and infuriates” some people.
Dismissing the idea that he spent too much time telling his story and reflecting on his past, he described the documentaries, the book and the interviews as “cathartic” and involving “a lot of energy”.
“There’s a lot of relief now that they’re over,” he said. “I’ve made peace with a lot of things, but I’m still hoping for accountability.”
The interview came after a week filled with dramatic snippets from the book aired by British media, after the book was accidentally released in Spain several days earlier, while ITV and CBS have regularly released tracks for their next interviews.
The most dramatic was The gardians the unveiling of an extraordinary physical attack Harry claims took place at the hands of his brother William, in which William allegedly pushed Harry into a dog bowl after claiming Markle was ‘tough’, ‘rude’ and ‘abrasive’ .
This excerpt was also read in Bradby’s interview, with Harry saying he “saw a red haze at William”.
Therapy sessions that “helped him control that anger and frustration” kept Harry from fighting back, he added.
Returning to a much-discussed theme, Harry said the fight took place after false accounts from the British tabloid press.
Other snippets that emerged in recent days concerned Harry’s drug use, loss of his virginity and the killing of 25 Taliban while serving in Afghanistan. Regarding his drug use, Harry said in the ITV interview that the revelation was “important to be recognized”.
He will be interviewed at 7 p.m. EST on CBS’ 60 minutes with Anderson Cooper later that day, before appearing on The late show and hello america tomorrow.