Prince Harry alleges planting of stories in tell-all interview
On the heels of a controversial Netflix series in which he and his wife blasted the British royal family over alleged racism, Prince Harry is poised to appear in a pair of one-on-one interviews this weekend in which he will allege that the institution planted media stories in order to harm his reputation, as Fox News reports.
The conversations – one with ITV's Tom Bradbury and one with Anderson Cooper on CBS' 60 Minutes – are set to debut on Sunday and come just ahead of the release by the prince – also known as the Duke of Sussex – of a memoir entitled Spare on Jan. 10.
Since taking their leave of Britain and moving to America, Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have embarked on a series of public projects arguably designed to denigrate the royal institution in which he was raised and which they claim forced them to seek a new life abroad in a sprawling Montecito, California mansion.
The couple's first major salvo against the royals came in March of 2021, when the pair sat down with Oprah Winfrey and claimed that an unnamed member of Harry's family had voiced concerns about how dark his yet-unborn son's skin might turn out to be, given Meghan's mixed-race heritage.
In December of this year, the duo appeared in a six-part series on Netflix in which they shared intimate photos and video footage of virtually every phase of their relationship – despite having repeatedly lamented press intrusion into their private lives – and again took aim at the royal family for its perceived failure to protect Markle from racially-motivated targeting in the media.
Reaction to the production was largely negative, with media personality Piers Morgan – a frequent critic of Markle – writing, “This is worse than Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Something I didn't think was humanly possible.”
Despite the increasing weariness with which global audiences now greet each successive round of Sussex complaints, Harry's latest expositions of dissatisfaction are set to hit the airwaves Sunday, with the gist of his thesis already well known.
“No willingness to reconcile”
A promotional clip for Harry's ITV chat with Bradbury shows the Duke of Sussex decrying his family's response – or lack thereof – to his and Meghan's expositions of frustration, saying, “They've shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile.”
Suggesting that he is not the one responsible for the ongoing estrangement of himself, his father, King Charles, and his brother, William, Prince of Wales, Harry insisted, “I would like to get my father back. I would like to have my brother back.”
In another snippet from ITV, Harry claims, “they feel as though it is better to keep us somehow as the villains,” though the clip does not reveal to whom that comment was directed.
CBS has also teased some of what Harry told Cooper during their conversation, releasing a clip in which he contends that he has attempted to work through issues with his family in a private way, but that media machinations initiated by the institution of the monarchy has made a discreet approach untenable.
“Every single time I've tried to do it privately there have been briefings and leakings and planting of stories against me and my wife. You know, the family motto is never complain, never explain, but it's just a motto,” the duke stated.
Harry went on, “They will feed or have a conversation with the correspondent. And that correspondent will literally be spoon-fed information and write the story. And at the bottom of it they will say that they've reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment. But the whole story is Buckingham Palace commenting.”
Blasting the unfair treatment he believes he and Markle have received, Harry added, “So when we're being told for the last six years, 'We can't put a statement out to protect you.' But you do it for other members of the family. It becomes – there becomes a point when silence is betrayal.”
Critics mock “whinging” prince
Harry's continued broadsides against the monarchy are striking a sour note with numerous commentators, with British broadcaster Esther Krakue slamming the prince and his wife, saying, “They said they wanted to leave the royal family to carve their own path, to do good. They have not done any good, they have spent the last two years whinging and complaining.”
Krakue said the pair's chat with Oprah was “the tackiest thing I've ever seen in my entire life” and called their Netflix series “a long drawn-out episode of Jerry Springer,” musing, “[a]nd now he has the audacity to say he wants his family back?”
Writing in the Daily Mail, Jan Moir blasted Harry as someone akin to a “sulky arsonist who personally soaked the barns in petrol and lit the match that burned the family farm to the ground, while telling the world that their crop was rotten anyway. And then he is surprised and hurt when his singed and betrayed relatives take offence at his highly flammable behavior.”
Perhaps giving voice to the sentiments of growing numbers across the globe, Moir declared, “Every action has a consequence, and every position of power has its own unique responsibility. And for someone who espouses the merits of therapy, Prince Harry's lack of insight about his own behavior is staggering.”