The Duke of Sussex gave the first two of four TV interviews about his controversial autobiography, Spare.
Here are the best quotes from Harry’s conversations with Tom Bradby on ITV and Andrew Cooper on CBS 60 Minutes:
– Harry accuses the royal family of “going to bed with the devil” to improve their image
He told Bradby, “After many, many years of lying about me and my family, there comes a point where again, going back to the relationship between some family members and the tabloid press, those certain members have decided to go to bed with the devil.”
– Charles told Harry “I should have given you the help you needed years ago”
In an excerpt from his memoir that Harry read during the interview, the prince said that his father, the king, blamed himself for his son’s struggles, telling him: “I should have provided you with the help you needed years ago.”
He says his “daddy” was “never made for” single parenting, but he tried and told Bradby he would “always love” his father.
– Harry saw photos of Diana “falling backwards” after the accident because he was “looking for evidence”
The Prince said he was “eternally grateful” for seeing pictures of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales after she died in a car accident.
“I think at that point I was looking for evidence that it really happened, that it was real. But I was also looking for something that might hurt, because at that point I was still pretty numb to the whole thing. It was my body again, my nervous system just shut down and said, let’s not go there.
– Harry accuses the royal family of having a “terrible reaction” on the day of the queen’s death
Speaking about the day the Queen died, the Duke told Bradby: “The day she died was a really terrible reaction from my family members.”
Harry spoke about how his family was “on its hind legs” when the late monarch died in September, and told the presenter he witnessed “leaking and planting”.
– Duke warns that Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘scary’ article about Meghan is inciting violence
Harry said Jeremy Clarkson’s “cruel” article in the Sun newspaper about his wife Meghan encouraged people around the world to believe it was an acceptable way to treat women.
He said: “When we talk about responsibility … Jeremy Clarkson’s article … what he said was horrific, hurtful and cruel to my wife, but it also encourages other people in the UK and around the world, especially men, to go and I think this treatment of women is acceptable.”
– Royal family ‘complicit’ in conflict with British press
Harry told Bradby: “The symptom of one of the problems where we’re not just talking about family relationships, we’re talking about the antagonist is the British press, specifically the tabloids, who want to create as much conflict as possible.
“The saddest thing is that some members of my family and the people who work for them are complicit in this conflict. “
– Camilla’s relationship with the British press made her ‘dangerous’
The Duke told Andrew Cooper, the Queen Consort, that she was “a villain, was the third person in the marriage” and “needed to rehabilitate her image”.
“The need to restore her image … that made her dangerous because of the connections she was making in the British press,” he said.
“There was an open willingness on both sides to exchange information and a family built on a hierarchy and with it on the road to being the Queen Consort, people or bodies will be left on the street for that reason.”
– Harry “wasn’t invited” on the family plane to Balmoral Castle to see the sick queen
In an interview with Cooper, Harry said he “wasn’t invited” to board the plane that took other members of the Balmoral Castle royal family before the Queen’s death.
“I asked my brother…” what are your plans, how will you and Kate get there? “- he said.
“And then a few hours later all the family members living in the Windsor and Ascot area were jumping on a plane together, a plane with 12, 14 or 16 seats.”
“You’re not on that plane?” Cooper asked him.
“I wasn’t invited,” Harry replied.
He added that by the time he reached Balmoral, the queen was already dead.
– William told Harry “when we’re at school we don’t know each other”
Harry said his brother, the Prince of Wales, told him to pretend “we don’t know each other” when they were at school together.
He told Cooper, “It hurt at the time.
“I couldn’t understand it. It felt like we went to the same school… I haven’t seen you in ages and we spend time together.
“He said ‘no, no, when we’re at school, we don’t know each other.’