Prince Harry says 'I want my father and brother back' in bombshell ITV interview

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Prince Harry says 'I want my father and brother back' in bombshell ITV interview

Prince Harry says he wants his "father and brother back" in the first look at a bombshell new ITV interview.

Filmed in California, where Harry now lives, Harry: The Interview, sees the Prince go into unprecedented depth and detail on life in and out of the Royal Family.

Speaking to ITV News at Ten presenter Tom Bradby, who Harry has known for more than 20 years, the prince shares his personal story in his own words.

The 90-minute special will be broadcast two days before Prince Harry’s autobiography Spare is published on 10 January as part of a publicity trail for the tell-all tome.

The in-depth interview will cover a range of subjects including his personal relationships, never-before-heard details surrounding the death of his mother, Diana, and a look ahead at his future after quitting the Royal Family alongside wife Meghan Markle.

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In the twenty second preview clip, Harry is heard telling Tom "it never needed to be this way".

Prince Harry says 'I want my father and brother back' in bombshell ITV interviewPrince Harry says he wants 'father and brother back' in first look at Tom Bradby 'Spare' interview (ITV)

"It never needed to be this way, the leaking and the planting, I want a family - not an institution," he tells the ITV newsreader.

"They feel that it's somehow better to keep us as the villains.

"They've shown no willingness to reconcile.

"I would like to get my father back. I would like to have my brother back," says Harry.

Prince Harry says 'I want my father and brother back' in bombshell ITV interviewPrince Harry wants to reconcile with his family (ITV)

Michael Jermey, ITV Director of News and Current Affairs, said the interview will be something 'everyone should want to watch' as Harry prepares to reveal all about his family.

“It is extremely rare for a member of the Royal Family to speak so openly about their experience at the heart of the institution.

“Tom Bradby’s interview with Prince Harry will be a programme that everyone with an informed opinion on the monarchy should want to watch," teased Jermey.

Ian Rumsey, ITN Productions Managing Director and Executive Producer, said: "Harry's version of events contains many elements we've never heard before, as viewers will see. It is a raw and intimate perspective on his relationships with the people closest to him and the moments that have shaped him."

Prince Harry says 'I want my father and brother back' in bombshell ITV interviewPrince Harry with Prince William and Kate at the rugby in 2015 (Daily Mirror)

It comes as Harry prepares to release his book Spare, which an advanced reader has already claimed takes aim at his brother Prince William and the Princess of Wales.

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The source told The Sunday Times: “Generally, I think the book [will be] worse for them than the royal family is expecting.

“Everything is laid bare. Charles comes out of it better than I had expected, but it’s tough on William, in particular, and even Kate gets a bit of a broadside.

Prince Harry says 'I want my father and brother back' in bombshell ITV interviewKing Charles and his two sons in happier times (Getty Images)

“There are these minute details, and a description of the fight between the brothers. I personally can’t see how Harry and William will be able to reconcile after this.”

It comes as Prince Harry has also given an interview to Anderson Cooper for CBS News which will air this Sunday in the US.

During a preview for his US interview, Harry says 'silence is the ultimate betrayal.

Prince Harry says 'I want my father and brother back' in bombshell ITV interviewPrince Harry has also given an interview to CBS News

"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."

Harry’s book Spare was first announced last year, with an official synopsis for the “unflinching” memoir reading: “It was one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow—and horror.

“As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on.

“For Harry, this is that story at last.

“With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”

Harry: The Interview is on ITV1 and ITVX at 9pm on January 8

Jessica Gibb

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