Prince Harry told CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday that he hasn’t spoken to his brother, Prince William, in a while, in the second of two important interviews before his memoir, “Spare,” is published on Monday.
The Duke of Sussex told Anderson Cooper he was not talking to the Welsh president “at the moment, but I hope we get peace,” he said. It follows an interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby, ahead of what could be an explosive week for the British royal family with the release of Harry’s memoir.
Prince Harry also told Cooper he hadn’t spoken to his father, King Charles III, in “a while,” adding “the ball is in their court” when asked about the family’s chances of reconciling after Harry’s announcement . display.
Buckingham Palace has repeatedly refused to comment on the content of Prince Harry’s upcoming memorial, which has been the subject of leaks for the past week detailing some of his controversial statements. CNN has not seen the book but has made a request to publisher Penguin Random House to obtain it.
His most recent interview covers a wide range of topics from the death of his mother, the Princess of Wales, his frustration with the British press, the treatment of his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and the subsequent crisis in his family since. his marriage.
The interview set the stage for more revelations expected to be made public on Monday, as Prince Harry continues to challenge what he calls “the establishment,” and -give an idea that is revealed in the family.
Despite the relationship between the two brothers, Prince Harry told Cooper that he loves William very much.
“My brother and I love each other. “I love him very much,” said the Duke of Sussex. “There has been a lot of pain between the two of us, especially the last six years.”
He added that nothing he wrote was “ever intended to harm my family.”
“But it gives a detailed description of the situation as we grow up, and destroys the idea that in some way, my wife is the one who broke the relationship between these two brothers,” said Prince Harry.
The book’s title “Spare” is a reference to “heir and spare,” a term in the United Kingdom that refers to the importance of having a child to inherit royal titles. Harry is next in line to the British throne after William until William’s children are born – he is now fifth in line.
The strained relationship between the brothers was a common theme in Harry’s press and media interviews, which revealed a deep rift between the siblings.
Perhaps the most disturbing revelation that has emerged is Prince Harry’s revelation that he and the president of Wales were at odds during a dispute over his wife in 2019, as he explained during a side-by-side reading of his documentary on ITV on Sunday.
Prince Harry said his brother never tried to dissuade him from marrying Meghan, but expressed some concern and told him, “This is going to be difficult for you,” Prince Harry recalled during his conversation with Bradby.
“I still don’t really understand part of what he’s saying,” Prince Harry continued. “Maybe he predicted what the reaction of the British press would be.”
In this interview and excerpts from his record released by ITV, the Duke of Sussex said that the conflict with his family stems from the relationship between Buckingham Palace and the media.
“We’re not talking about family relationships, we’re talking about the adversary, which is the British press, specifically the tabloids who want to create as much controversy as possible,” Prince Harry told Bradby. “The saddest thing about it is that some of my family members and those who work for them are fighting the battle.”
He also said that the “exploitation” and “beating” of the “royal source” to the press “is not an unknown person, it is in the palace that gives direct speech to the press, but covers their fears by without naming names.”
Prince Harry added that he thinks “that scares people. Especially when you know a lot of royal sources, people in the royal family, people in the palace, how much is said about people that, some of the horrible, horrible things that were said about me and my wife, the king completely approved because it was him. coming from the palace, and these reporters really spoon feeding stories without ever coming to us, without ever seeing or questioning the other side.”
Prince Harry echoed those sentiments on CBS’ Cooper, adding that even at the age of 12, he was angry with the British media.
He said, “It’s clear that we as children of British journalists share in our mother’s suffering and I was very angry inside and fortunately, I never told anyone,” he said. he said. But I started drinking too much. Because I want to stop the feeling, or I want to distract myself from how…whatever I’m thinking. And you know, I’m going to start taking drugs too.”
In these two interviews, Prince Harry talked about how the paparazzi chased his mother, recalling the fateful night his father told him Princess Diana had died from injuries sustained in a car accident.
“I really thought about what time he woke up. And my sympathy for him, as a parent who sits on that for hours, calling his friends, trying to do something, how can I screw this up to my two sons? ”
Harry said he never wanted to see himself doing the same thing.
I don’t want history to repeat itself. I don’t want to be a single father. But I don’t want my children to live without a parent,” Prince Harry told ITV’s Bradby.
Diana was killed in 1997, when the car she was traveling in crashed into a Paris tunnel. Prince Harry was twelve years old at the time. She told Cooper that she remembers the days that followed, but she remembers seeing the crowd outside Buckingham Palace who came to comfort them.
She said: “I thought it was amazing, because I saw William and I smiling. “I remember the guilt that I felt… The fact that the people we meet show more emotions than we show, maybe more emotions than we have.”
Prince Harry told Cooper that he “refused to accept that he was gone” and that “for years” he believed he had decided to leave.
The Duke of Sussex said he only cried when his mother’s coffin went into the ground. She said: “That was the first time I cried…never again.
Prince Harry also recalled events surrounding the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle. The Duke was at a charity event in London when the royal family announced that the Queen was under medical care.
“I asked my brother – I said, “What’s your plan? How did you and Kate get up there?” And then, a few hours later… all the families from the Windsor and Ascot area were jumping on a plane together, a plane with 12, 14, maybe 16 seats,” he said. “I didn’t invite.”
He remembered being with the queen in her room after she died.
I was very happy about it. Because he finished life. She has passed away, her husband is waiting for her. And they are both buried together,” Prince Harry said.
The Duke of Sussex also spoke to ITV’s Bradby about his decision to write the book, saying, “38 years of many different people telling my story, knowingly and paradoxically, it seemed like a good time to tell my story but able. to say it for myself. I am very happy that I have the opportunity to tell my story because it is my story to tell.”
Prince Harry pointed out that he has tried hard in the last six years to solve problems with his family in private.
“It was never necessary to get here. I’ve had conversations, I’ve written letters, I’ve written emails, and everything is just, ‘No, you, this is not what’s happening. You, you think about it,’” he said. “That is really difficult. But if it ends, from the point that I fled from my country and my wife and my son are afraid for our lives, then maybe, which it would have been different. It was difficult.”
The Duke said he wanted “reconciliation but first there should be questions,” about his family.
Prince Harry blamed the constant media attacks as a cause of concern for him and his wife which ultimately led to their decision to retire as members of the working family in 2021.
In a six-part Netflix documentary released last month, the couple said the attack on journalists, there was nothing in the royal palace to stop them and that the couple were suspicious of the royal family and -feeding the media really pushed Meghan to a dark place.
“You can’t keep telling me that I’m a fraud and an idiot when all the evidence is gathered, because I was really scared of what was going to happen to me,” Prince Harry told ITV’s Bradby.
“Then we have a transition period of 12 months and everyone doubles down. My wife shares her experience. Instead of slowing down, both the company and the tabloid media in the UK, both doubled down,” said he added.
Still, the Duke said, “amnesty is 100% possible.”
“Maybe there are many people, after looking at the newspaper and reading the book, will go, how can you forgive your family for what they did? People have told me that. I said forgiveness is 100% possible because I would like to get my father back. I would like to have my brother back. Now I don’t know them, because they don’t know me,” said Prince Harry.
On Monday, Duke’s interview with co-anchor “Good Morning America” Michael Strahan will be broadcast on ABC, in a special half-hour evening on ABC News Live. And to top things off, Duke will appear on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” hours after his book is released on Tuesday.