Prince Harry said on CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday that he did not speak to his brother, Prince William, “for a while” in the second of two major interviews before the publication of his memoir, “Spear,” on 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 likely to be an explosive week for the British royal family with the release of Harry’s memoirs.
Prince Harry also told Cooper he hadn’t spoken to his father, King Charles III, “in a long time,” adding that “the ball is very much in their court” when asked about the possibility of a family reconciliation following Harry’s wide publicity. Disclosures.
Buckingham Palace has repeatedly refused to comment on the contents of Prince Harry’s highly anticipated diary, which has been the subject of leaks since last week detailing some of his most controversial allegations. CNN has not seen a copy of the book but has pre-ordered a copy from publisher Penguin Random House.
His most recent interviews cover a wide range of topics from the death of his mother, the Princess of Wales, his frustrations with the British press, the treatment of his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and the aftermath fallout with his family since. his marriage.
The interviews set the stage for a series of revelations that are expected to be announced on Monday, as Prince Harry continues to step back from what he refers to as “the Foundation,” offering a revealing look inside the estranged family.
Despite the fractured relationship between the two brothers, Prince Harry told Cooper he loved William “deeply.”
“My brother and I love each other. I love him dearly,” said the Duke of Sussex. “There has been a lot of pain between us, especially over the past six years.”
He added that nothing he had written was “at all intended to harm my family”.
“But it gives a complete picture of the situation as we were growing up, and it also kills the idea that my wife was in some way the one who ruined the relationship between these two brothers,” Prince Harry said.
The book’s title “Spear” is a reference to “heir and spare”, a saying in the United Kingdom referring to the need for a child to inherit an aristocratic title. Harry was next in line to the British throne after William until William’s children were born – and is now fifth in the line of succession.
The strained relationship between the brothers was a common theme in leaked excerpts from the book and media interviews given by Harry, which revealed deep divisions between the siblings.
Perhaps the most surprising revelation was Prince Harry’s claim of having a fight with the Prince of Wales during a quarrel over his wife in 2019, as he described while reading an excerpt from his diary on ITV on Sunday.
Prince Harry said his brother did not try to dissuade him from marrying Meghan, but he did express some concerns and told him, “This is going to be really hard for you,” Prince Harry recalled during his interview with Bradby.
Prince Harry continued, “I still to this day don’t really understand any part of what he was talking about.” “Maybe he predicted what the British press would react to.”
In the interview and in an excerpt from his memoirs published by ITV, the Duke of Sussex addresses how the conflict in his family has been fueled by the relationship between Buckingham Palace and the media.
Prince Harry told Bradby: “We’re not just talking about family relationships, we’re talking about an opponent, which is the British press, specifically tabloids who want to create as much conflict as possible.” “The saddest part about it is that some of my family and the people who work for them are complicit in this struggle.”
He also stated that the “leakage” and “planting” of a “royal source” to the press “is not anonymous, it is the palace specifically briefing the press, but it covers their tracks anonymously.”
Prince Harry added that he thinks, “This is very shocking to people. Especially when you realize how many palace sources, palace insiders, senior officials in the palace, how many quotes are attributed to these people, some of the most horrible things have been said about me and my wife, and condone The minors reported it entirely because they are coming from the minors, and these journalists received this account literally by the spoonful without ever coming to us, without ever seeing or questioning the other side.”
Prince Harry echoed those sentiments with CBS’s Cooper, adding that even at the age of 12, he felt resentful towards the British media.
“It was obvious to us as children that the British press was part of our mother’s misery,” he said, “and I had so much anger in me that, fortunately, I never expressed it to anyone.” But I resorted to drinking a lot. Because I wanted to numb the feeling, or I wanted to distract myself from how… all I could think of. And I’ll turn to, you know, drugs, too.”
In both interviews, Prince Harry talked about how his mother was hounded by the paparazzi, recalling the painful night his father told him that Princess Diana had died from injuries sustained in a car accident.
“I really think about how many hours he’s been awake. And the pity I feel for him, as a parent who has to sit with that for so many hours, call his friends, try to work out, how the hell can I break this down for my sons?”
Harry said he never wanted to find himself having to do the same.
I don’t want history to repeat itself. I don’t want to be a single father. “I certainly don’t want my children to live without a mum or dad,” Prince Harry told ITV’s Bradby.
Diana was killed in 1997, when the car she was riding in crashed inside a Paris tunnel. Prince Harry was 12 years old at the time. He tells Cooper that his memories of the following days are hazy, but he remembers seeing a crowd of people outside Buckingham Palace who came to pay their respects.
“I think it’s strange,” he said, “because I see William and I smiling.” “I remember the guilt I felt…the fact that the people we were meeting with were showing more emotion than we were showing, perhaps more emotion than we felt.”
Prince Harry told Cooper he “refused to accept she was gone” and thought “for May years” she had decided to disappear.
The Duke of Sussex said he only cried after his mother’s coffin fell to the floor. He said, “It was the first time I actually cried… There was no more.”
Prince Harry also relived the events related to the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle. The duke was at a charity gala in London when the palace announced that the queen was under medical supervision.
“I asked my brother – I said, ‘What are your plans?'” How are you and Kate getting up there? “And then a couple of hours later…all the family who live in the Windsor and Ascot area were jumping together on a plane, a plane with 12, 14, maybe 16 seats,” he said. “I wasn’t invited.”
He remembers spending time with the Queen in her bedroom after her death.
“I was really happy for her. Because she ended life. She completed her life and her husband was waiting for her. The two were buried together,” Prince Harry said.
The Duke of Sussex also told ITV’s Bradby of his decision to write the book, saying: “38 years of having my story told by so many different people, with deliberate spins and distortions, it felt like a good time to tell my own story and be able to tell it myself. I’m actually really grateful Because I get the chance to tell my story because it’s my story to tell.”
Prince Harry indicated that for the past six years he had tried to resolve his concerns with his family privately.
“It didn’t have to get to that point. I’ve had conversations, I’ve written letters, I’ve written emails, and everything’s like, ‘No, you, that’s not what’s going on. You, you’re imagining it.’ It’s really hard to bear that. . And if it had stopped, when I fled my motherland with my wife and son in fear for our lives, it might have happened differently. Difficult.”
The Duke said he wanted “reconciliation but first there has to be some accountability” regarding his family.
Prince Harry had previously blamed constant media interference as a serious stressor for him and his wife, ultimately leading to their decision to step down as working members of the royal family in 2021.
In a six-part Netflix documentary released last month, the couple said the press attacks, the lack of action from the palace to stop them, and the couple’s growing suspicion that the royal family was indeed fueling the media, pushed Meghan into a dark place.
“You can’t keep telling me I’m delusional and paranoid when all the evidence is stacked up, because I was really terrified of what was going to happen to me,” Prince Harry told ITV’s Bradby.
“And then we have a 12-month transition period and everyone doubles down. My wife shares her experience. Rather than back off, both the Foundation and the popular media in the UK double down, both.”
However, the duke said, “Forgiveness is 100% a possibility.”
“There are probably a lot of people who, after watching the documentary and reading the book, are going, How can you ever forgive your family for what they did? People have already said that to me. And I said forgiveness is a 100% possibility because I would like my father back. I would like to Come back my brother. ‘Right now, I don’t recognize them, because they probably don’t recognize me,’ said Prince Harry.
On Monday, the Duke’s interview with “Good Morning America” anchor Michael Strahan will air on ABC, followed in the evening by a half-hour special on ABC News Live. And to top it all off, the duke will appear on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” hours after his book is released on Tuesday.