Britain’s Prince Harry has given a series of TV interviews ahead of the official release of his memoir ‘Spare’ in which he gives intimate personal details and reveals the discord and strife within the British royal family. Here are some of the quotes from an interview with Britain’s ITV’s Tom Bradby that aired on Sunday:
Why do the book? “There was a motto, a family motto of ‘never complain, never explain’. And what people have realized now… is that it was just a motto. There were a lot of complaints and many explanations and it continues now.
“If it had stopped, when I fled my home country with my wife and son fearing for our lives, then maybe it would have turned out differently.” On the death of his mother in a car accident in Paris:
“There are a lot of things that are unexplained. But I have already been asked if I want to open another investigation. I don’t really see the point at this stage.” On his relationship with his family and the press:
“Some members have decided to go to bed with the devil (tabbing press)…to rehabilitate their image.” But as long as that rehabilitation comes at the expense of others, me, other members of my family, then that’s where I draw the line.”
On Charles’ second wife, Camilla, the Queen Consort: “William and I wanted our father to be happy and he seemed to be very, very happy with her. We asked him not to marry. He chose to . It’s his decision. But the two of them were and are very happy together.”
On a reconciliation: “Forgiveness is 100% a possibility because I would like to get my father back. I would like to get my brother back. me.”
On William and his wife Kate meeting Meghan: “There were a lot of stereotypes going on…American actress, it’s true, and it was playing out in the British press. Some of the things that my brother and my sister-in-law – some of the way they were acting or behaving definitely felt like, unfortunately, that stereotype was causing a bit of a barrier to them really… introducing her or welcoming her.
On William knocking him down during an argument at Harry’s home in London: “Me and William, like I guess a lot of siblings, or maybe not, William and I were arguing all the time.
“What was different here was that level of frustration and, you know, I’m talking about the red haze that I had for so many years, and I saw that red haze in him.” On the events surrounding the Queen’s death:
“In my mind – and I think people around the world felt the same way, it was a really good opportunity to reunite the family. But the day she died, it was just a reaction really, really awful from my family members.”
How does he defend the level of disclosure? “The level of planting and flighting of other family members means that in my mind they have written countless books, certainly millions of words have been spent trying to throw my wife and myself to the point where I I had to leave my country.”
On reconciliation: “It’s almost like this status quo, internally they feel like it’s best to somehow keep us like the bad guys. I sincerely believe, and I hope the reconciliation between my family and us will have a ripple effect across the whole world. Maybe it’s noble, maybe it’s naive, whatever. But I sincerely feel it. .
“You know, silence only allows the abuser to abuse. Doesn’t it?” On his legal action against certain newspapers:
“You would assume that a lot of this, from their perspective, is retaliation, and trying to bully me into settling, rather than taking it to court and possibly having to shut down.” My dad told me it was probably a suicide mission to try to change – to try to change the press.”
On columnist Jeremy Clarkson saying he hated Meghan on a cellular level: “What he said was horrible and hurtful and cruel to my wife, but it also encourages other people in the UK and around the world, the men in particular, to go and think it’s okay to treat women that way.”
On a recent run involving William’s godmother: “Meghan and I love Susan Hussey. She (Meghan) thinks she’s awesome.”
Will he attend the coronation in May? “A lot can happen between now and then. But, you know, the door is always open. The – the ball is in their court.”
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