Harry's tell-all TV interviews mark significant date for him and Meghan Markle

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Harry's tell-all TV interviews mark significant date for him and Meghan Markle

The royals will be bracing themselves as two tell-all interviews by Prince Harry will air later tonight.

The two chats - one from UK TV and one for US TV - will see the prince promote his memoir Spare, which is due out on Monday.

Trailers for both interviews have been released with both suggesting Harry's royal relatives will be in for more criticism.

And the explosive promo interviews come on a very significant date for Harry and his wife Meghan Markle.

That's because it was exactly three years ago today that the pair shocked the world by announcing they were sensationally quitting their royal roles.

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Harry's tell-all TV interviews mark significant date for him and Meghan MarklePrince Harry with wife Meghan Markle (Getty Images)

It was on January 8, 2020, that a bombshell statement on their now-defunct Instagram account read: "After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.

"We intend to step back as 'senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.

"It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.

Harry's tell-all TV interviews mark significant date for him and Meghan MarkleHarry and Meghan with his late grandmother the Queen (Getty Images)

"We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.

"This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.

"We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties.

"Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

Harry's tell-all TV interviews mark significant date for him and Meghan MarkleHarry is interviewed by ITV's Tom Bradby (ITV)

The bombshell is said to have blindsided the late Queen and threatened to destabilise the very fabric of the monarchy.

In the days that followed, the then-monarch and her heirs, Princes Charles and William, ordered a series of crisis talks to deal with the wantaway couple, forcing Harry to a Sandringham Summit at the royals’ Norfolk estate.

And in his recent Netflix series, it was at this meeting that Harry alleged that William left him terrified after screaming and shouting.

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Meanwhile, in trailers for the chats tonight, Harry has said he wants his father and brother back during an ITV interview.

Harry's tell-all TV interviews mark significant date for him and Meghan MarkleHarry with CBS 60 Minutes host Anderson Cooper (CBS News)

But in a separate interview with CBS News, set to air the same day, Harry also criticises Buckingham Palace over an alleged failure to defend him and Meghan before they stepped down as senior royals.

Both broadcasters have released snippets of the duke’s conversations ahead of the full interviews being televised.

In a series of clips from the duke’s ITV conversation, Harry tells presenter Tom Bradby: “It never needed to be this way,” and refers to “the leaking and the planting” before adding “I want a family, not an institution”.

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

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

Mr Bradby, a former royal correspondent and current presenter of ITV News at Ten, is a friend of the Sussexes and previously interviewed them for a documentary about their 2019 Africa tour.

Meanwhile, Harry tells CBS’s Anderson Cooper of the “betrayal” by Buckingham Palace while speaking on the 60 Minutes programme.

Jennifer Newton

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