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Prince Harry says he wants his family back in ITV, 60 Minutes interviews

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LONDON — With soaring fuel prices, a shrinking economy, disruptive strikes and long waits in hospital emergency rooms, Britons could enjoy a lively distraction from what’s shaping up to be a new year otherwise dreary. And that comes from a reliable source: Harry and Meghan.

This time it was Prince Harry who aired even more grievances about his brother Prince William and the rest of the Royal Family in teasers for a pair of TV interviews to promote the release of his memoir. next week.

In one, with the ITV network, he said: ‘I would like my father back; I would like my brother to come back. He added, apparently referring to William and King Charles III, “they showed no willingness to reconcile”.

In the other, with Anderson Cooper on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Harry accused Buckingham Palace of planting negative stories about him and his wife, Meghan, then refusing to defend them in the face of attacks. libels from the London tabloids. “There comes a time when silence is betrayal,” he said.

The interviews will air on Sunday evening, two days before Penguin Random House airs Harry’s memoir, ‘Spare’, which royal watchers expect to cast the harshest spotlight yet on the royal rift. However, it’s far from clear that the book will end up being the final act in this long-running family drama.

There are rumors that Meghan could write her own tell-all book about her marriage to Harry and her treatment at the hands of his family. The couple have a multi-million dollar programming deal with Netflix, which last month aired a much-loved six-part documentary ‘Harry & Meghan’ about their acrimonious split from the royal family in 2020 and their new life in southern California.

On their company’s website, Archewell Productions, Harry and Meghan said their aim was to “produce programming that informs, uplifts and inspires”. Among other projects, they are producing a documentary that chronicles the athletes who competed in the Invictus Games, an athletic competition for ex-servicemen that was started by Harry, who himself served in Afghanistan.

Yet the couple’s business and pop-cultural motto remains firmly tied to their thwarted relationship with the House of Windsor. TV interviews and Harry’s book claims ensure their story will stay on TV screens and front pages for at least a little longer.

On Tuesday, excerpts from Harry’s interviews appeared in virtually every London tabloid, with nearly identical headlines.

“Harry: I want my father and my brother back,” said the Daily Express. “I want dad and my brother back,” the Sun roared. “Harry: I would like my dad and brother to come back,” echoed the Daily Mail. Even the more upscale Times of London and the Daily Telegraph made headlines with its lamentations over William and Charles.

Only the Financial Times went in another direction, stating that “Britain’s recession will be the deepest and the longest”, while a few newspapers focused on the National Health Service crisis and crippling transport strikes. a large part of the country.

It’s the kind of distraction royal family gossip has long provided a beleaguered British public. To that extent, the pair star in the same bread and circus show that Harry has so often denounced.

In his interview with Mr Cooper, Harry echoed his complaints about what he said was a transactional and deeply cynical relationship between Buckingham Palace and the tabloid press. PR aides to the royal family, he said, compete to present their bosses in the best light. This may involve “leaking” unflattering information about other members of the royal family to select “spoon-fed” reporters, he said, who then add an obligatory no comment from the palace to suggest that the information comes from elsewhere.

“The family motto is ‘never complain, never explain’, but that’s just a motto,” Harry said. There were “endless” complaints and explanations behind the scenes, he said, largely detrimental to him and Meghan.

For Mr. Cooper, who is a member of the Vanderbilt dynastic family, landing the interview was a coup, if not on the level of Oprah Winfrey’s sensational meeting with the couple in March 2021. That session raised allegations of racism within the royal family. family and made Meghan confess that she was so isolated and emotionally sorry inside the palace that she once contemplated suicide.

For Harry’s British interview, he chose Tom Bradby, an ITV correspondent who had a close relationship with the prince and his wife. He conducted the first interview with Meghan, during a tour of southern Africa in 2019, in which she revealed the depth of her dissatisfaction with royal life. “Thank you for asking, because not many people have asked me if I’m okay,” Meghan told her.

Mr. Bradby seems to have succeeded in shooting his subject again. Harry claimed he sought a rapprochement but was rebuffed by his brother and father, a claim disputed by someone with links to the palace. “They think it’s best to somehow keep us like the bad guys,” Harry said.

Buckingham Palace did not comment on the clips, in line with its lack of response to the Netflix documentary. King Charles recently made it known that Harry would be invited to his coronation in May, suggesting he would like to rise above the grudge and play a healing role in the family.

“He rightly avoided getting into a name-calling match against Harry and Meghan,” said Vernon Bogdanor, professor of government at King’s College London, who has written about the constitutional role of the monarchy.

William also remained silent, although royal watchers said it was less a sign of an impending reconciliation than of the chasm between the brothers. London newspapers have reported that the family expect Harry’s book to be particularly hard on William, although the palace is also prepared for the possibility that his estrangement from Charles will feature more prominently than in the Netflix series.

As a ghostwriter, Harry hired JR Moehringer, a novelist and former journalist who wrote the memoirs of tennis champion Andre Agassi and Nike shoe founder Philip Knight. These books suggest that Harry will dive deep into his emotional life, including his grief over the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Yet, as the latest TV clips suggest, it’s the ongoing conflict between Harry and his family that will grab the headlines.

‘Every time I’ve tried to do it privately,’ Harry told Mr Cooper of his attempts to mend the fences, ‘there have been briefings, leaks and stories against me and my wife .”

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