Before his memoir “Spare” comes out on Tuesday, Prince Harry has made new claims about the inner workings of the British royals. This sets up an explosive week for the estranged family as they deal with his highly publicized disclosures.
The Duke of Sussex discussed his mother, the former Princess of Wales, in two interviews with British and American networks ITV and CBS; his contempt for the British media; his rage at how he treated his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and how that has affected his family since they got married.
Prince Harry said Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes” that Camilla, Queen Consort, was trying to “rehabilitate her image” by telling British media stories about the family. In her marriage to then-Prince Charles, his mother Diana famously referred to Camilla as the third person.
When asked about the possibility of a reconciliation, he stated that he had not spoken with his father, King Charles III, or his brother, Prince William, in “a while” and that “the ball is very much in their court.”
Harry also stated that he hasn’t spoken to his stepmother in “a long time” during an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday.
He stated, “I love every member of my family, despite the differences, so when I see her, we’re perfectly happy together.” My stepmother is her. She is not viewed by me as an evil stepmother. I see a person who married into this institution and has done everything in her power to improve her own image and reputation for the sake of herself.
The contents of Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir, which has been the subject of leaks detailing some of his most contentious claims, have repeatedly been denied by Buckingham Palace. CNN has requested an advance copy of the book from the publisher, Penguin Random House, but has not read it.
As Prince Harry continues to push back against what he refers to as “the institution,” the interviews came hours before the publication of his memoir on Tuesday at midnight London time (7 p.m. ET). The memoir will reveal his perspective on life within the royal family.
Harry and Camilla, Queen of the Netherlands
Prince Harry said that he and his brother, Prince William, had asked the King not to marry Camilla in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who is also a regular correspondent on CBS’ 60 Minutes.
We did not consider it necessary. We thought it would do more harm than good, and if he was now with his partner, surely that would be sufficient.
However, according to him, the brothers eventually adopted the concept: We desired his contentment. We also witnessed his contentment with her.
However, the Duke of Sussex went on to say that Camilla was “dangerous” because the media had portrayed her as a “villain” for her part in the breakdown of his parents’ marriage, and that she needed to “rehabilitate her image.”
Because of the connections she was making within the British press, that made her dangerous. Additionally, there was a clear willingness on both sides to exchange information. “There was going to be people or bodies left in the street because of that, and with a family that is built on hierarchy, and with her on the way to being Queen Consort,” Prince Harry stated.
According to reports, Harry wrote about being “sacrificed” on Camilla’s “personal P.R. altar” during the CBS interview.
The duke provided Cooper with the following explanation: As a member of the family, you will act accordingly if you are led to believe that appearing on the front page, receiving favorable headlines, and having favorable stories written about you will either enhance your reputation or increase the likelihood that the British public will accept you as monarch.
In 2005, eight years after the death of his first wife, Diana, Princess of Wales, Camilla wed then-Prince Charles. Diana had once referred to Camilla as the third person in their marriage, and the two had been romantically involved on and off for decades.
The relationship between Prince Harry and the British press and the Palace
In the meeting and in extracts from his journal shared by ITV, the Duke of Sussex alluded to the English press as an “main adversary” that needed to “make however much clash as could reasonably be expected.”
“The saddest piece of that is sure individuals from my family and that’s employers them are complicit in that contention,” he added.
He expressed that the “spilling” and “planting” of “an imperial source” to the press “is definitely not an obscure individual, it is the castle explicitly preparation the press, yet covering their tracks by being anonymous.”
Ruler Harry added that he thinks “that is really surprising to individuals. Particularly when you understand the number of castle sources, royal residence insiders, senior royal residence authorities, the number of statements that are being credited to those individuals, the absolute most deplorable, horrendous things have been said about me and my better half, totally excused by the castle since it’s coming from the royal residence, and those writers have in a real sense been coddled that story while never coming to us, while never seeing or scrutinizing the opposite side.”
Ruler Harry repeated those feelings with CBS’ Cooper, adding early on of 12, he felt hatred toward the English media.
“It was clear to us as children the English press’ part in our mom’s hopelessness and I had a ton of outrage within me that fortunately, I never communicated to anyone,” he said. “However, I turned to drinking vigorously. Since I needed to numb the inclination, or I needed to divert myself from how … anything that I was thinking. Also, I would, you know, resort to drugs too.”