Harry talks of 'betrayal' as he takes another swipe at royals in book interview

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Harry talks of 'betrayal' as he takes another swipe at royals in book interview

Prince Harry has claimed "silence is betrayal" in a teaser for a brand new interview on US TV to be aired ahead of the release of his new book Spare.

It was revealed earlier today that Harry had shared details about his new book on a US TV show in a "revealing" interview set to be aired on Sunday, two days before the book is published.

Harry discussed his upcoming memoir during a conversation with Anderson Cooper on CBS News' 60 Minutes programme.

And in a brand new teaser for the chat, claiming the Firm will put out statements to protect some members of the royal but not others, Harry says: "there becomes a point where silence is betrayal".

Harry talks of 'betrayal' as he takes another swipe at royals in book interview rriqudiuriqkkinvPrince Harry in a trailer for his interview on US TV

The trailer starts with the interviewer asking: "One of the criticisms that you have received is that OK fine, you want to move to California and you want to step back from the institutional role, why be so public? You say you tried to do this privately?"

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And Harry replies: "And every single time I've tried to do it privately, there has 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 and it doesn't really hold."

Mr Cooper asks: "So there is a lot of complaining and explaining?"

Harry talks of 'betrayal' as he takes another swipe at royals in book interviewHarry with CBS 60 Minutes host Anderson Cooper (CBS News)

And Harry adds: "Endless - through leaks. They will feed a conversation to the corresposndent and that correspondent will literally be spoonfed and they'll write the story and at the bottom of it, they will say they reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.

"But the whole story is Buckingham Palace commenting. So when we are 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, there becomes a point where silence is betrayal."

Earlier, CBS released a short trailer for the interview, describing it as "revealing" and Harry’s biography, which comes out two days later, as “explosive”.

Harry talks of 'betrayal' as he takes another swipe at royals in book interviewIn a trailer, Harry claims "silence is betrayal" (CBS News)

Harry follows his father, King Charles, who gave an interview to 60 Minutes in 2005 and his grandfather, the late Prince Philip, who spoke on the programme in 1981.

The chat will air just hours after another interview will be shown in the UK on ITV on Sunday night ahead of the book's release.

Harry says: "I would like to get my father back, I would like to have my brother back” in a preview clip from the forthcoming interview with ITV News at Ten presenter Tom Bradby.

In a series of clips cut together with no questions heard, the duke says "It never needed to be this way" and refers to "the leaking and the planting" before adding "I want a family, not an institution".

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He also says "they feel as though it is better to keep us somehow as the villains" and that "they have shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile", although it is unclear who he refers to.

Harry talks of 'betrayal' as he takes another swipe at royals in book interviewHarry has also sat down with ITV's Tom Bradby (ITV)

Filmed in California where Harry now lives, ITV said Harry: The Interview will go into "unprecedented depth and detail" about his life in and outside the royal family.

News of the interviews on both sides of the Atlantic come as sources say Harry's relationship with his brother Prince William "hangs by a thread" as the royals brace for the release of the tell-all book.

According to a source, the brothers' already strained relationship will likely deteriorate ue to Harry's apparent criticisms of William in the memoir.

Harry is expected to talk about the difficulties of always playing "second fiddle" to his brother, the heir to the throne and reports suggest the memoir is "tough on William" and includes "minute details" of a fight between the pair.

Harry talks of 'betrayal' as he takes another swipe at royals in book interviewHarry with his older brother Prince William (PA)
Harry talks of 'betrayal' as he takes another swipe at royals in book interviewThe front cover for Harry's upcoming memoir Spare (Penguin Random House)

The King, it's believed, fares better in the book but is said to be deeply hurt by criticisms of him and other senior royals in Harry and Meghan Markle's recent Netflix series. However, he is keen to keep communicating with his youngest son.

A source told the Daily Mail: "Whether Prince William would be so receptive is another question.

"Things are hanging by a thread as it is after the past few months, and from the sounds of it Harry's memoir is unlikely to help."

Meanwhile a source told The Sun: "At the heart of this book lies a sibling rivalry between little brother and big brother.

"It will reveal Harry’s bitterness and feelings of unfairness that by the nature of hierarchy and birthright that he always played second fiddle to older William.

"The falling out is to be covered in the book in detail and what aggravates is it’s not an outsider revealing these private moments — it’s Harry giving his one-sided account of family affairs."

Spare, which the 38-year-old Duke describes as "raw, unflinchingly honest” and "full of revelation”, will be 416 pages long. .

Its release comes just weeks after Harry and wife Meghan Markle starred in an explosive six-part Netflix docuseries, which saw the couple discuss intimate details around how they met as well as making accusations of mistreatment by the royal family and the British press.

Harry alleged that his brother William eft him terrified after screaming and shouting during the Sandringham summit and that Kensington Palace "lied to protect my brother” when it issued a statement denying a story William had bullied him out of the royal family.

He also accused his father of lying at the tense Megxit crisis meeting known as the Sandringham Summit with the late Queen in January 2020.

Jennifer Newton

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15.07.2024, 17:44 • Investigation