Prince Harry, hot off the release of his Netflix miniseries and prepping the imminent release of his book, Spare, has expressed regret over the current schism in his family, and said he is longing for rapprochement, in a recent interview with British broadcaster ITV.
“It never needed to be this way,” Harry said to interviewer Tom Bradby, per an excerpt released Monday with dramatic music playing. The promotional short clip ends with the heartbreaking lines “I would like to get my father back. I would like to have my brother back.”
“They’ve shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile,” he also stated, concerning King Charles III and William, Prince of Wales. “They feel as though it is better to keep [Meghan Markle and I], somehow, as the villains,” he continued.
“I want a family, not an institution,” Harry added, mentioning “the leaking and the planting.” This is in reference to Harry’s claim that William broke a promise with his brother to never use their offices against one another in the press.
ITV News suggested that the forthcoming program, called Harry: The Interview, will be the first time the prince is subjected to a “robust set of questions where his claims will not go unchallenged.” This is stated as something of a boast in contrast to the 2021 Oprah Winfrey television interview on CBS and Netflix’s recent Harry & Meghan, “for which they were paid,” ITV reminds.
The interview will air on Sunday, January 8 at 9 p.m. G.M.T.
Meanwhile, for U.S.-based viewers, Harry also sat down with Anderson Cooper for a chat on 60 Minutes. In a clip, Harry said that every time he and his wife have tried to keep their decisions private “there have been briefing and leakings, and planting of stories against me and my wife.”
He said that the family motto may be “never complain, never explain,” but added “it’s just a motto,” suggesting a highly influential network of both complaining and explaining. He concluded that “silence is betrayal.”
The 60 Minutes interview will also be broadcast on Sunday, January 8, but at 7 p.m. Eastern (unless football goes late.)
Spare will be available for purchase on January 10.
As per reports in the British press from mid-December, Harry and Meghan have both been invited to King Charles’s coronation at Westminster Abbey. The date, May 6, also happens to be the same as their son Archie‘s birthday, which may end up being just the excuse/coincidence they need to send their regrets. Time, and maybe another Netflix miniseries, will tell.