In front of the camera, Prince Harry settles accounts with the British royal family again. In addition, the 38-year-old strikes completely different tones.
“I want to tell my story myself,” Prince Harry said at the beginning of the conversation. Before the release of his memoir on January 10, the 38-year-old has given three interviews. The first was shown by ITV on Sunday night in the UK. The Royal invited British journalist Tom Bradby, with whom he has been friends for 20 years, to California.
The two talked about the sudden death of his mother, his experiences with drugs, but also about the difficult relationship with his family. For example, Harry sharply criticized the British royal family for dealing with problems. After several allegations from him and his wife Meghan, the palace had not made any public comment when asked. “The silence is deafening.”
“This is causing great damage to Great Britain”
The royal also criticized his family’s strategy of placing stories and narratives in British tabloid media. “Some royals go to bed with the devil.” For example, private conversations between him, William and Camilla have become public. If “royal inside sources” were quoted, that information would come from the Palace. Correspondents would be fed and not question the narrative. “The way the British press is behaving at the moment is causing great damage to Great Britain,” said Harry.
Despite his harsh criticism, the prince hopes for reconciliation with his family, but also wants “my family to take responsibility for the things that happened”. He continued: “I want my father and my brother back, but right now I don’t recognize them and they probably don’t recognize me either.” Forgiveness is 100 percent a possibility.
“I really believe and I hope that a reconciliation between us and my family could have ramifications for the whole world.” Maybe that’s naive, but he believes in it. In between, Harry almost seems close to tears in the interview. He verbosely regrets the lack of support from his family and how the fronts have hardened. “I’m sitting here asking for a family,” says Harry. “Not an institution, not a family.”
William had doubts about his relationship with Meghan
On January 10, Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare” (German: “Reserve”) will be published. The first details from the autobiography had already leaked out on Thursday because several bookstores offered the work for sale too early. In the book, Harry is said to have made the most serious allegations against his brother, who is said to have thrown him to the ground and injured him during an argument. The triggers were therefore allegations against Meghan.
Even now in the interview, Harry said that William was not entirely happy with the relationship. The 40-year-old did not advise his younger brother against marriage, but “he expressed doubts very early on,” said Harry. His brother warned him that it could be “very hard” for him. “Perhaps he anticipated the reaction of the British tabloids.”
The interview will also be shown in Germany. Next Monday, January 9, RTL will show the conversation between Prince Harry and Tom Bradby at 5 p.m. as part of the program “Exclusive Special: Harry – The Interview”. Moderator Frauke Ludowig and nobility expert Michael Begasse will provide classifications according to the broadcaster.