“They showed no desire to reconcile”

Prince Harry is defending his decision to speak publicly about the Royal Family and the British press, saying there has been “absolutely no desire for reconciliation”.

“Every time I tried to do it privately, there were briefings, leaks and stories against me and my wife,” he said in a preview of his interview with Anderson Cooper on “ 60 Minutes,” airing Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

And in a 20 second trailer for his interview with British broadcaster Tom Bradby, he says, “it never needed to be like this”. This interview will air on UK broadcast station ITV1 and its streaming platform, ITVX, at 9 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET) on Sunday.

The interviews are slated to air just two days before the Jan. 10 release of his new memoir, “Spare,” which publisher Penguin Random House promises will deliver “raw, unflinching honesty” over more than 400 pages. The book will be published in 16 languages ​​and will also be released as an audiobook read by Prince Harry.

The upcoming interviews also follow Prince Harry and Meghan’s six-hour Netflix docuseries, which premiered last month and saw the couple accuse the Royal Family of actively fueling negative media coverage, leading to their decision to quit their roles as active Royals and move to the United States.

In the ITV1 interview preview, Prince Harry refers to “leaking and planting” stories in the press in a series of short clips.

“I want a family, not an institution,” he says.

In clips that don’t identify exactly who Prince Harry is talking about, he says: “They feel like it’s better to keep us, somehow, like the bad guys.” In a separate clip, he says, “They showed no willingness to reconcile.”

“I would like to get my father back. I would like my brother to come back,” he said.

In his interview with Cooper, Prince Harry repeats allegations he and Meghan made in the Netflix docuseries, including that family members and their spokespersons worked to plant stories in their favor.

“You know, the family motto is ‘never complain, never explain’ — but that’s just a motto, and it doesn’t really hold up,” he told Cooper.

“They’ll 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’ll say they contacted Buckingham Palace for a comment – but the whole story is the commentary of Buckingham Palace,” Prince Harry said. “So when we’ve been told for six years, ‘we can’t release a statement to protect you,’ but you do for other family members, there comes a time when silence is betrayal.”

Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.

The upcoming interviews also follow Prince Harry and Meghan’s explosive 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey in which they claimed, among other things, that an unidentified royal insider – later clarified as neither the late Queen Elizabeth II neither her late husband Prince Philip – expressed “concerns” about how dark the couple’s son Archie’s skin might be before he was born.

The Associated Press contributed.


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