Harry accuses royals of 'getting into bed with the devil' and have 'shown no willingness to reconcile'

8 January 2023, 21:35 | Updated: 9 January 2023, 05:36

Prince Harry conducted the interview with ITV's Tom Bradby
Prince Harry conducted the interview with ITV's Tom Bradby. Picture: ITV

By Adam Solomons

Prince Harry said numerous members of the royal family "need" relationships with the tabloid media in order to "salvage reputations" in an apparent swipe at Camilla.

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He also told Anderson Cooper that the Queen Consort “was the villain [and] the third person in the marriage".

Harry added: "She needed to rehabilitate her image.”

This made her "dangerous", he explained, "because of the connections she was forging in the British press”.

Harry added of Camilla and the British media: “There was open willingness on both sides to trade information.

"With her on the way to being Queen Consort, there was gonna be people or bodies left in the street because of that.”

In a prior blockbuster interview with ITV, Harry touched on the childhood traumas from which he still feels unprotected by his family.

He notably said the race furore which followed the Oprah interview last March were overplayed by the media, saying "concern about Archie's skin colour" was rather about "unconscious bias".

Harry also said Lady Hussey's face-to-face apology to a charity boss she pressed on where she was "really" from was a good example of reconciliation, and that the Sussexes in fact "love" Lady Hussey.

And in an interview with CBS after midnight, which will air in the UK this afternoon, Harry insisted he still "deeply loves" his brother.

But Harry has not spoken to Prince William "in a while", he added - nor the King "for quite a while".

Read more: 'I swear on Mummy's life!': William 'grabbed at Harry' in furious row after Prince Philip's funeral

Read more: William 'is burning but won't retaliate' as King Charles pictured smiling in midst of Harry's bombshells

Harry is pictured during the ITV interview
Harry is pictured during the ITV interview. Picture: ITV

Harry added: “There has been a lot of pain - especially in the last six years."

He also said the Sussexes won't renounce their titles: "What difference would it make?"

Explaining why he wrote the book, Harry told ITV he spent 38 years putting up with "intentional spin and distortion" - and finally had enough.

The duke described looking at photos of his mother's body after the car crash as paparazzi took pictures.

He said: "I'm really grateful for the opportunity to tell my story, because it's my story to tell."

Harry also slammed "tabloid media" behaviour around the royals, adding: "The thing which is saddest about this is that it never needed to be this way. It never needed to get to this point."

He began by movingly recalling the moment at Balmoral that his father shared the news his mother had died.

"Darling boy, she didn't make it", Harry writes in the book.

Bradby said: "It begins at your mother's death", adding that Harry's memories of his mother appeared to have disappeared.

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Harry also explained that he only cried once after his mother's death.

He said: "Everyone knows where they were and what they were doing the night my mother died.

"I cried once, at the burial, and you know I go into detail about how strange it was and how actually there was some guilt that I felt and I think William felt as well, by walking around the outside of Kensington Palace. 

"There were 50,000 bouquets of flowers to our mother, and there we were shaking people's hands, smiling.

"I've seen the videos, right, I looked back over it all."

Kate, William, Harry and Meghan visit people gathered outside Windsor Castle in the wake of the Queen's death
Kate, William, Harry and Meghan visit people gathered outside Windsor Castle in the wake of the Queen's death. Picture: Getty

Harry added: "And the wet hands that we were shaking, we couldn't understand why their hands were wet, but it was all the tears that they were wiping away.

"Everyone thought and felt like they knew our mum, and the two closest people to her, the two most loved people by her, were unable to show any emotion in that moment."

Spare has already produced a string of sensational claims including Harry's description of drug use as a teen, his unusual experience losing his virginity as a teen and the moment Prince William attacked him at Kensington Palace.

Callers clash over whether Prince Harry was right to show emotion in his new book

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