Prince Harry accuses ‘some’ royals of ‘going to bed with the devil’ in TV interviews

Prince Harry has accused members of the royal family of “going to bed with the devil” over their ties to the tabloid press – and admitted Meghan didn’t get along with William and Kate “from the beginning”.

In an interview with ITV Duke of Sussex insisted he had “no intention of harming” or “injuring” his brother or King Charles in his Spare memoirs which include a series of explosive allegations.

He also denied that accusations of racism were made against members of the royal family while he and Meghan were away interview with American TV presenter Oprah Winfrey.

Separately, speaking to US show 60 Minutes, Harry said he once viewed his stepmother Camilla, the Queen Consort, as a “villain” and revealed he still doesn’t talk to William or Charles.

In a wide-ranging interview with ITV presenter Tom Bradby, Harry said it was “important to acknowledge” his past drug use after admitting in his book taking cocainecannabis and magic mushrooms.

He also claimed there was a “terrible reaction” from his family members on the day of Queen Elizabeth’s death, with “severance pay”, “leakage” and “planting”.

Referring to “connections between some family members and the tabloid press”, Harry said: “These some members decided to go to bed with the devil, didn’t they? To rehabilitate your image.

“If you have to do it or want to do it, you choose it – well, it’s a choice. It depends on you.

“But the moment rehab comes to the detriment of others – me, other members of my family – that’s when I draw the line.”

Harry accused of being “caustic” towards Camilla

Bradby suggested to Harry that he was “pretty consistently scathing” in his memoirs about his “stepmother and the press”.

A passage Harry read from his book says that he and William “support Camilla” but asked their father Charles not to marry her.

“Shortly after our private meetings with her, she started playing the long game,” writes Harry.

“Campaign for marriage and ultimately the Crown, with Dad’s blessing as we assumed.

“Stories about her private conversation with Willie began to appear everywhere in all the newspapers, stories with very accurate details, none of which, of course, came from Willie. They could only be revealed by another person present.”

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In his ITV interview, Harry denied being “caustic towards any member of my family, especially my stepmother”.

The prince said he wanted “reconciliation” with his family but “there has to be some responsibility”.

He told Bradby, “I think there are probably a lot of people who, after seeing the documentary and reading the book, will think, ‘How could you ever forgive your family for what they did?’ People have already told me that.

“I said forgiveness is 100% possible because I would like my father back. I would like my brother back.

“Right now, I don’t recognize them any more than they probably won’t recognize me.”

Camilla was a “villain”

In his interview with 60 Minutes host Anderson Cooper on CBS, Harry said that he once viewed Camilla as a “villain” and “dangerous”.

“She was the third person in their marriage. She needed to rehabilitate her image,” he told Cooper.

“The need to restore her image … that made her dangerous because of the connections she was making in the British press.”

He added: “And there was an open willingness on both sides to exchange information and with a family built on a hierarchy and with it on its way to being the Queen Consort, people or bodies will be left on the street for that reason.”

Asked if he and William had urged Charles not to marry Camilla, he said: “We didn’t think it was necessary. We thought it would do more harm than good.”

William and Kate didn’t get along with Meghan ‘from the start’

Discussing Kate and William’s relationship with Meghan, Harry said the couple were “suit fans” but there were “a lot of stereotypes” about her being an “American actress, divorced, biracial”.

Bradby said the impression was that the Prince and Princess of Wales “almost from the start” did not “get along” with Meghan.

“Fair?” the presenter asked.

“Yes, honestly,” Harry replied.

The Duke said his brother “never tried to dissuade” him from marrying Meghan but “expressed some concerns very early on” and claimed William told him: “This is going to be really hard for you.”

“Maybe he anticipated the reaction of the British press,” added Harry.

Harry is referring to William’s alleged physical attack

In his book, Harry says he does physically attacked by William during an argument over his marriage to Meghan.

He told ITV that he and his brother were “fighting all the time” as younger siblings, but there was a different “level of frustration” in the alleged incident.

“I saw that red mist in him,” said Harry.

“I can almost guarantee today that if I wasn’t running therapy sessions like I was and couldn’t process that anger and frustration, I would have fought back – 100%.

Harry said he didn’t think his brother and father would read his book, but added: “I really hope so.”

Bradby suggested that Harry “didn’t so much burn the bridges” with the royal family as “took the flamethrower away from them”.

“Well, up to this point, they’ve shown absolutely no desire to reconcile,” Harry replied.

“And I’m not sure how honesty burns bridges. You know, silence only allows the abuser to abuse you, right? So I don’t know how silence will ever make things better.”

Harry doesn’t text William or talk to King Charles

In his CBS interview, Harry said he was “not texting” William at the moment and that he hadn’t spoken to his father “in a long time”.

“Are you talking to William now or are you writing?” Cooper asked him.

“Not at the moment, but I can’t wait until we’re at peace,” Harry replied.

When asked how long it had been since he spoke to Charles, he said, “We haven’t spoken in a long time, no, not recently.”

The “sibling rivalry” with William began at Eton

Harry said his “sibling rivalry” with William began when the couple attended Eton College.

He recalled how his older brother made him pretend “we don’t know each other” when they were at school together.

“It hurt then,” said Harry in 60 Minutes.

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Charles warned Harry that he was facing a “suicide mission” over the press

In an effort to take over the tabloids, Harry told ITV his father warned him it was “probably a suicide mission to try to change” the press.

The Duke claimed there was a “distorted narrative” that he and Meghan “wanted to go out and earn money” when they left as working royals.

He said the couple decided to put their “mental health first” and asked for “help and support”.

“At the time, I didn’t fully understand how much – or how much the family was to blame for this pain and suffering that was happening to my wife,” added Harry.

“The only group of people who could have helped or prevented it were the same people who encouraged it.”

Harry criticizes Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘appalling’ article about Meghan

Harry described Jeremy Clarkson’s recent article about Meghan as “appalling”, “painful” and “cruel”.

Clarkson was widely criticized for his column, published in The Sun newspaper, which said that he “dreamed of the day when (Meghan) would have to parade naked through the streets of every city in Britain as crowds chanted “Shame!” and throw lumps of excrement at her.”

Harry told ITV: “What he said was horrific, hurtful and cruel towards my wife, but it also encourages other people in the UK and around the world, particularly men, to go and think it’s acceptable treating women this way.

Harry said the “world” had asked for “some form of comment from the monarchy” but “the silence is deafening, to say the least.”

“Everything about my wife, after six years, they haven’t said a single thing,” he added. “But they are ready to defend themselves regularly.”

Harry denies that the royal family was accused of racism in an interview with Oprah

When asked about an interview with Winfrey in June 2021, Harry said his wife claimed a family member had made “disturbing” comments about his son Archie’s skin color related to “unconscious bias” and not racism.

The Duke also referred to the recent incident at Buckingham Palace featuring black activist Ngozi Fulani and Lady Susan Husseythe late Queen’s lady-in-waiting, “is a very good example of the environment prevailing in the institution.”

After Bradby suggested to Harry that “in an interview with Oprah you accused your family members of racism”, the prince replied “no, no” and added: “the British press said so.”

“Did Meghan ever mention they are racist?” Harry asked.

After Bradby said the Duchess claimed there had been disturbing comments about Archie’s skin color, Harry said: “There were – there were concerns about his skin color.”

Asked if he would describe it as racist, the prince said: “I wouldn’t say that, not living in this family.”

He continued, “The difference between racism and unconscious prejudice, the two things are different.”

Harry’s happiness “infuriates” some people

Now living in California, Harry said he was “very happy” and “in a better place than ever”.

“I think it probably angers some people, infuriates others because I’m just going to walk away by nature,” he added.

“I’m sure … some people always thought Meghan would go well, but I don’t think they ever thought I would go too.”

Harry’s book is due to be released on Tuesday, but Sky News got a copy after it was accidentally put up for sale early in Spain.

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