Here are the highlights from Prince Harry’s first TV interview to promote his new autobiography, “Backup,” which airs Sunday.
on why he wrote the book
Harry told UK channel ITV that he had endured “38 years of … deliberate misrepresentation and misrepresentation”.
He said he had “no intention” of harming anyone in his family by publishing the book.
But he needs to speak out because “certain members have decided to sleep with the devil to restore their image” and it will be at his and his family’s expense.
at his mother’s funeral
Harry recalled walking behind Princess Diana’s coffin at her funeral in 1997 when he was just 12 years old.
“You know, the jingle of the reins, walking down the mall, hooves on the concrete, the occasional … gravel underfoot and the wail of the crowd,” he recalls.
“But beyond that, complete silence will always be with me.”
About Diana’s Death
Harry said he had read secret government files about Diana’s death, and his private secretary edited the most graphic descriptions and photographs of the scene.
He said as an adult he drove through the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, where she died in a crash.
“There are a lot of things that cannot be explained,” he said.
“But I’ve been asked before if I wanted to open a, you know, another investigation. I don’t really understand that at this stage.”
about his relationship with william
Harry spoke about his rivalry with Prince William’s long-standing siblings, how they fought as children, how William ignored him at school and even tried to get him to shave off his beard before marrying Meghan.
He accused William of later swallowing the British tabloid media’s portrayal of Meghan, leading William to attack him personally on one occasion.
Harry said that if he hadn’t received treatment after childhood trauma, he would have fought back.
About William, Kate and Meghan
Harry said William and Kate were fans of the US legal drama Suits starring Meghan.
But he said he didn’t think they wanted him to have an affair with someone like Meghan, and there was “a lot of stereotyping” of her as a biracial, divorced American actress.
He said it created a “little hurdle” in welcoming her into the family.
Harry stressed that William never tried to dissuade him from marrying Meghan.
Claims of racism in the royal family
Harry denied that he or Meghan accused the royal family of racism, but said there was an unconscious bias in the royal family that still needed to be addressed.
He said a recent incident in which senior courtier Susan Hussey repeatedly asked Ngozi Fulani, a black British charity worker, where she “really came from” was an example.
in the media
Harry has spoken at length about the British tabloid, accusing it of complicity and collusion with the royal family, as well as racism, cronyism and duplicity.
He said the negative press he and Meghan had received was the result of his legal claim for allegedly hacking the phones of three British newspapers.
The broader purpose of the claims, he said, was to curb tabloid excesses.
about what he wants to achieve
Harry said he believed “100%” he could reconcile with his family, which could have “a knock-on effect around the world”.
But he conceded that it was unlikely that his father, King Charles III, and his brothers would have read his book or watched the interview.
about the future
Harry said he was now “in a really good head” to deal with any tricky conversations with his family.
“It’s been tough, I’m not going to lie,” he said of the past few years, but added: “The reality is I’ve never been happier.”
(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from syndicated feeds.)
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