Prince Harry is expected to deliver more criticism of the Royal Family in interviews that have been aired to promote his soulful new memoir, which has spawned… hot title even before official release.
A pre-recorded interview with UK ITV is scheduled to air on Sunday evening. The CBS show “60 Minutes” will have a chat with the prince afterwards, and he will appear on “Good Morning America” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
In the pre-released excerpt, Harry tells ITV journalist Tom Bradby that he only cried once after his mother, Prince Diana, died in 1997 – at her burial. He said he felt guilty for failing to show emotion as he and his brother Prince William greeted a crowd of mourners outside Kensington Palace, Diana’s home in London.
In his book “Spare”, Harry blames his family’s rigid upper lip character, saying he has “learned too well the family maxim that crying is not an option.”
“There were 50,000 bouquets sent to our mother and there we shook hands with people, smiling,” Harry told ITV. “I’ve seen the video, I’ve watched it all. And the wet hands we’re shaking, we don’t understand why their hands are wet, but those are all the tears they’re wiping away. .
“Everybody thought and felt like they knew our mother, and the two people closest to her, the two grandmothers who loved the most, were unable to express any emotion in that moment.”
“Spare” is the latest in a string of public statements by the prince and wife Meghan since they gave up royal life and moved to California in 2020, citing what they see as discriminatory treatment. media racism towards Meghan, who is bi-blooded and flawed. support from the palace. It follows an interview with Oprah Winfrey and a six-part Netflix documentary released last month.
The Associated Press purchased a Spanish-language copy of the book ahead of its worldwide publication on Tuesday.
In his ghost-written memoir, Harry, 38, describes the couple’s sharp split from the Royal Family in 2020, after their offer of a part-time royal role was turned down. Harry contrasts the couple’s taxpayer-funded security withdrawal with the case of his uncle, Prince Andrew, who was stripped of his status as a working royal because of his friendship with sex offenders United States Jeffrey Epstein.
Last year, Andrew settled a lawsuit from a woman who alleges he sexually abused her while she was traveling with financier Epstein when she was 17. Andrew paid an undisclosed amount as part of the settlement, but did not admit wrongdoing.
Harry alleges that no one considered removing Andrew’s security despite the “embarrassing scandal”.
The book also explores Harry’s grief over his mother’s death and his long-smoldering resentment at his role as a “spare” of the royal family, overshadowed by his “heir” – his brother. William. He recounts quarrels and physical conflicts with William, reveals how he lost his virginity (in a field) and describes his use of cocaine and marijuana.
He also said he had killed 25 Taliban fighters while working as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan – a claim criticized by both the Taliban and British former soldiers.
Royal officials have not commented on the allegations, although allies have denied the claims, largely anonymously.
Veteran British journalist Jonathan Dimbleby, a biographer and friend of King Charles III, said on Saturday that Harry’s revelations were of the kind “that you would expect from a kind of B-class celebrity” and the king will be heartbroken and disappointed by them. .
In the interview with ITV, Harry said he wanted to reconcile with the Royal Family, but “the ball is in their court.”