Duke of Sussex admits he was ‘probably bigoted’ before relationship with Meghan in CBS interview

The Duke of Sussex has admitted he was “probably bigoted” prior to his relationship with Meghan Markle.

In a new interview trailer for CBS News set to air this Sunday, Harry tells Anderson Cooper he was “incredibly naive” about how the British press would handle his relationship with the American actress.

He claims that the “race element” in the couple’s relationship was “thrown in” by the British press, adding that he had no idea how “bigotous” the British media was until his wife and their relationship were in the spotlight.

“What Meghan had to go through was somewhat similar to what Kate and Camilla went through – very different circumstances,” the prince says in a 30-second clip released on Thursday.

“But then you add the racing element that the press jumped on right away – the British press.

“I was incredibly naive about it. I had no idea the British press was so bigoted. Hell, I was probably bigoted before Meghan.

Cooper responds by asking the prince: “Do you think you were bigoted before your relationship with Meghan?”

Harry replies, “I don’t know. To put it that way, I didn’t see what I see now.”

In another clip from the 60 Minutes interview, Harry explained why his departure from the royal family was so public.

“Every time I tried to do it privately, there were dismissals, leaks, and planting stories against me and my wife,” Harry told Cooper. “You know, the family motto is never complain, never explain, but it’s just a motto.”

“There’s a lot of complaining and a lot of explaining… it’s done through leaks,” Cooper said.

“They’ll feed or talk to the correspondent,” Harry explained.

“And this correspondent will literally be spoon-fed information and write history. And at the bottom they will say they have contacted Buckingham Palace for comment. But the whole story is Buckingham Palace commentary. So when we’ve been told for the past six years, “We can’t make a statement to protect you.” But you do it for other family members. It becomes – it becomes the point where silence is betrayal.”

The interview is one of three the Duke has given to promote his memoir Spare, due out on January 10.

CBS’s first interview with US television about the book will air on Sunday. On the same day – at 9pm in the UK – an interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby will air.

The third GMB interview will air on Monday morning.

The Duke will also be interviewed by Stephen Colbert on the Late Show on CBS in the early hours of Wednesday morning UK time.

This comes after the book accidentally went on sale early in Spain – despite stringent security measures.

According to The Sun, the Spanish version of En La Sombra, which translates as “In the Shadows”, shows that Harry dedicated his memoir to “Couple Meg, Archie y Lili… y, for supuesto, mi madre” – “For Meg, Archie and Lili… and of course my mother.

Amidst many leaks of the book, ITV has released a new trailer for Tom Bradby’s interview with the prince, which will air at 9pm on Sunday night.

Bradby challenges Harry to “invade the privacy of those closest and dearest without permission.”

Harry replies, “That would be an accusation from people who don’t understand or don’t want to believe that my family informed the press.”

The Prince is also seen saying, “I don’t know how silence will ever make things better.”

ITV News at This presenter Bradby – a friend of Harry’s – says: “Wouldn’t your brother say to you ‘Harry, how could you do this to me after all this? After all we’ve been through? Wouldn’t he say that?

Harry replies, “He’d probably say a lot of different things.”

Asked if he would attend his father’s coronation later this year, he said: “A lot can happen from time to time but the door is always open, the ball is in their side.”

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