Prince Harry told CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday that he hadn’t spoken with his brother, Prince William, in “a while,” in the second of two major interviews before the publication of his memoir, “Spare ” Monday.
The Duke of Sussex told Anderson Cooper that he is not “currently” speaking with the Prince of Wales, “but I look forward to us being able to find peace”, he said. It follows an interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby, ahead of what is expected to be an explosive week for the British Royal Family with the release of Harry’s memoir.
The interviews cover a wide range of topics from the death of Prince Harry’s mother, the Princess of Wales, his frustration with the British press, the treatment of his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and the subsequent fallout with his family since his marriage.
Buckingham Palace has repeatedly declined to comment on the contents of Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir.
In the interview and in excerpts from his memoir shared by ITV, the Duke of Sussex explained how conflict in his family has been fueled by the relationship between Buckingham Palace and the media.
“We’re not just talking about family relationships, we’re talking about an antagonist, which is the British press, especially the tabloids who want to create as much conflict as possible,” Prince Harry told Bradby. “The saddest thing is that some members of my family and the people who work for them are complicit in this conflict.”
He also said that the “leak” and “planting” of a “royal source” in the press “is not an unknown person, it is the palace who specifically informs the press, but covers their tracks by being anonymous”.
Prince Harry added that he thinks “it’s quite shocking to people. Especially when you realize how many palace sources, palace insiders, high palace officials, how many quotes are attributed to these people , some of the most heinous and horrible things have been said about me and my wife, completely tolerated by the palace because it’s coming from the palace, and these reporters have literally been spoon-fed this story without ever coming towards us, without ever seeing or questioning the other side.
He recounted how his mother was chased by paparazzi, recalling the traumatic night his father told him Princess Diana had died of injuries sustained in a car accident.
“I don’t want history to repeat itself. I don’t want to be a single dad. And I certainly don’t want my children to have a life without a mother or father,” Prince Harry said in the interview.
The Duke of Sussex also spoke about his decision to write the book, saying: “Thirty-eight years of having my story told by so many different people, with intentional rotation and distortion, it was a good time to tell my own story and be able to tell it myself. In fact, I’m really grateful to have had the opportunity to tell my story because it’s my story to tell.
Prince Harry stressed that he had tried for the past six years to resolve his issues with his family privately.
“It never had to come to this. I’ve had conversations, I’ve written letters, I’ve written emails, and it’s all just, ‘No, you’re not. You, you imagine it,” he said. “It’s really hard to take. And if it had stopped, when I fled my home country with my wife and son fearing for our lives, then maybe it would have turned out differently. It’s hard.”
The duke said he wanted “reconciliation, but first there has to be some responsibility”, to his family.
“You can’t keep telling me I’m delusional and paranoid when all the evidence is in, because I was really terrified of what was about to happen to me,” he said.
“And then we have a 12-month transition period and everyone doubles. My wife shares her experience. And instead of falling back, the institution and the tabloids in the UK both doubled down,” he added.
Still, the Duke said “forgiveness is a 100 per cent possibility”, during the interview.
“There are probably a lot of people who, after watching the documentary and reading the book, will go, how could you ever forgive your family for what they did? People have said that to me before. And I I said forgiveness was a 100% possibility because I would like my father back. I would like my brother back. Right now I don’t recognize them, as much as they probably don’t recognize me,” said Prince Harry.
On Monday, the Duke’s interview with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Michael Strahan will air on the ABC show, followed in the evening by a half-hour special on ABC News Live. And to top it off, the Duke will make an appearance on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ hours after his book is released on Tuesday.
With all of this to come before the public can even get their hands on the book, one has to wonder if there will be any revelations left to read. Leaks of the upcoming tome have been making headlines around the world for days.
The Duke is now known to have launched a series of damaging accusations against the British Royal Family in ‘Spare’ after several outlets obtained the first copies of the book ahead of the weekend. CNN has not seen a copy of the book but requested a copy in advance from publisher Penguin Random House.
Perhaps the most incendiary revelation to emerge was Prince Harry’s claim of a fight with the Prince of Wales during an argument over his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in 2019, as he reported. described while reading an excerpt from his memoir that aired on Sunday.
Prince Harry said his brother never tried to talk him out of marrying Meghan, but expressed some concern and told her: “‘It’s going to be very difficult for you,'” Prince Harry recalled during his interview.
“I still don’t understand to this day what part of what he was talking about,” Prince Harry continued. “Maybe he predicted what the reaction of the British press was going to be.”
Her relationship with Prince William is just one of a series of incredibly candid accounts of life as an “heir in reserve” in her memoirs. The title of the book “Spare” – a reference to a nickname the Duke lived with growing up. Prince Harry’s version of events also touches on his final moments with the late Queen Elizabeth II, his attempts at closure after his mother’s death, and other deeply personal conversations with members of “The Firm.”
One part of the book that is seeing backlash is his reported remarks about the killing of 25 Taliban fighters during his time in the British Army in Afghanistan. As well as disclosing the figure, the Duke is also quoted as describing the insurgents as “chess pieces” removed from the board rather than people, according to British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.
Prince Harry’s comments drew criticism from some British security and military figures – and an angry rebuke from the Taliban.
Before publicity intensified around the Duke’s book, the Sussexes had already opened up about the challenges and difficulties of royal life in their Netflix docuseries and to Oprah Winfrey.
In both royal briefings, the couple described their acrimonious split with the House of Windsor and accused the media of invasive and relentless coverage, particularly of Meghan.
The Sussexes announced in 2020 that they were stepping down from their roles as senior royals and planned to work towards becoming “financially independent”. The following year, the palace confirmed that the couple had agreed with Queen Elizabeth II that they would not return as working members of the royal family.
In Netflix’s recent six-part documentary, Prince Harry didn’t hold back when he blamed the press for putting undue stress on his wife, saying it led to her miscarriage and having suicidal thoughts.
Meghan said she wanted to go somewhere for help but claimed she was not allowed because of the institution’s perspective, without specifying who she believed had it stopped. She made similar comments in her explosive 2021 interview with Winfrey.