Prince Harry says Prince William told him to ‘pretend not to know each other’ in high school

‘Spare’, the title of Prince Harry’s new memoir, is a nod to his role as a backup in the line of succession. Harry’s brother, Prince William, is the heir, while Harry is a replacement.

In their 60 minute interview, Anderson Cooper asked Harry about some of the deeply personal stories he shares about his brother in the new book.

“You write about a controversial meeting you had with him in 2021,” Cooper said. “You said, ‘I looked at Willy, I really looked at him maybe for the first time since we were boys. more advanced than mine, his famous resemblance to Mom that faded over time, with age. It’s quite sharp.”

“I don’t see it as cutting at all,” said Harry. “You know, my brother and I love each other. I love him dearly. There’s been a lot of pain between the two of us, especially over the past six years. Nothing I’ve written, nothing I’ve included is still meant to hurt my family, but it paints a complete picture of the situation as we were growing up, and also crushes this idea that my wife was somehow the one who destroyed the relationship between these two brothers.

Although Harry and William seemed inseparable to the outside world growing up, the two have lived separate lives since their mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash in 1997.

“Even when you were in the same school, in high school,” Cooper told Harry, “Your brother told you, ‘Act like we don’t know each other.'”

“Yeah, and at the time it hurt. I couldn’t figure it out. I was like, ‘What do you mean? We’re in the same school now,'” Harry said. “Like, ‘I haven’t seen you in ages, now we can hang out.’ He’s like, ‘No, no, no, when we’re in school, we don’t know each other.’ And I took that personally. But yeah, you’re absolutely right, you hit the nail on the head. Like, we had a very similar traumatic experience, and then we… we called it a two very different ways.

“William had tried to talk to you from time to time about your mother,” Cooper told Harry, “but you, as a child, couldn’t – you couldn’t respond.”

“For me, it was never a case of, ‘I…I don’t want to talk about it with you,'” Harry said. “I just don’t know how to talk about it. I never thought talking about it with my brother or anyone else at this time would be therapeutic.”

60 Minutes has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment. Palace officials demanded that before we consider commenting, we provide them with our report before it airs, which 60 Minutes does not.

Prince Harry: the 60 minute interview


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