Prince Harry – live: Duke tells ITV about ‘horrible’ family reunion at Queen’s funeral

Namita Singh,Emily Atkinson and Andy Gregory

Sun, 8 January 2023 at 10:18 pm GMT

Prince Harry has reflected on the “horrible reaction” he alleges he received from the royal family when he was reunited with them after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

He made the remarks during a sit-down with ITV’s Tom Braby, which took place ahead of the official release of the Duke of Sussex’s memoir, Spare, parts of which have leaked ahead of the publication date.

“The last moment that we were together was during the Queen’s funeral,” Harry told Bradby, adding that the occasion in September last year was a “really good opportunity to bring the family together”.

The day Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died “was just a really, really horrible reaction from my family members”, Prince Harry said.

“I was like ‘We’re here to celebrate the life of granny and to mourn her loss, can we come together as a family?’ but I don’t know how we collectively – how we change that,” he said.

Key points

  • Harry recounts ‘horrible reaction from my family’ after queen died
  • Harry says members of family ‘gone to bed with the devil’ to help press image
  • There needs to be some accountability’: Harry explains two main criticisms of father King Charles
  • Prince Harry jokes about virginity story with Tom Bradby in ITV interview
  • Harry says being third wheel to William and Kate was ‘fun but slightly awkward’
  • ‘I do not want to be a single dad’: Harry explains decision to leave the UK with Meghan

Prince Harry wishes royal family had been there for him in ‘second darkest moment of my life’

22:35 , Emily Atkinson

Prince Harry has said he wishes the royal family had been there for him in the “second darkest moment” of his life.

Speaking in an ITV interview ahead of the release of his memoir Spare on Tuesday 10 January, the Duke of Sussex said he still believes in the monarchy, but does not know if he’ll play a part in its future.

“I love my mother country and I love my family and I always will. I just wish, in the second-darkest moment of my life, they’d both been there for me,” Harry said.

Thomas Kingsley has the details:

Prince Harry wishes family had been there in ‘second darkest moment of my life’

Prince Harry claims Camilla launched ‘campaign’ to marry his father

22:31 , Emily Atkinson

Prince Harry claims Queen Consort Camilla launched a “campaign” to marry his father, now King Charles, in his new book Spare.

Harry narrated an excerpt from the now-leaked memoir during the broadcast of his ITV interview with Tom Bradby on Sunday (8 January).

The book is scheduled for release on Tuesday (10 January) but extracts from it were published by the UK press after it was accidentally put on sale in Spain, five days before its official launch date.

Maanya Sachdeva reports:

Prince Harry claims Camilla launched ‘campaign’ to marry his father

Some royal family members ‘complicit’ in tabloid conflict, Prince Harry claims

22:28 , Emily Atkinson

The Duke of Sussex said “certain members” of his family and the people who work for them are complicit in the conflict created by the British tabloid press.

Speaking to ITV’s Tom Bradby, he said: “I think there’s probably a lot of people who, after watching the documentary and reading the book, will go, how could you ever forgive your family for what they’ve done?

“People have already said that to me, and I said, forgiveness is 100% a possibility because I would like to get my father back. I would like to have my brother back. At the moment, I don’t recognise them, as much as they probably don’t recognise me.

“But that is, uh, a symptom of one of the problems where we’re not just talking about family relationships, we’re talking about an antagonist, which is the British press, specifically the tabloids who want to create as much conflict as possible.

“The saddest part of that is certain members of my family and the people that work for them are complicit in that conflict.

“So, though I would like to have reconciliation, I would like accountability, I’ve managed to make peace over this time with a lot of things that have happened but that doesn’t mean that I’m just gonna let it go.

“You know, I’ve made peace with it, but I still would like reconciliation. And not only would that be wonderful for us, but it would be fantastic for them as well.”

Harry addresses Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘horrific, hurtful and cruel’ Meghan column

22:23 , Emily Atkinson

Prince Harry has commented on Jeremy Clarkson’s “hurtful and cruel” newspaper column about wife Meghan Markle, during his interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby.

Harry sat down with the British broadcaster ahead of the release of his memoir Spare, which reportedly contains several startling claims about his relationship with the royals, drug use, and military service in Afghanistan.

Addressing the newspaper article, which prompted a landslide of complaints to press regulator Ipso and was eventually taken down, Harry told Bradby: “What [Clarkson] said was horrific, and is hurtful and cruel towards my wife.”

My colleague Maanya Sachdeva has more:

Harry addresses Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘hurtful and cruel’ Meghan column

David Baddiel pokes fun Prince Harry’s ‘beard disagreement’ with brother William

22:20 , Emily Atkinson

The Duke of Sussex’s account of a disagreement with his brother, the Prince of Wales, over beards prompted comedian David Baddiel to question whether the topic warranted a “constitutional crisis”.

“As a man with a beard I relate to Harry not wanting to shave off his beard,” Mr Baddiel tweeted.

“But not to the idea that having or not having a beard can become some kind of constitutional crisis.”

Harry recounts ‘horrible reaction from my family’ after queen died

22:10 , Emily Atkinson

Prince Harry has reflected on the “horrible reaction” he alleges he recieved from the royal family when he was reunited with them after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Duke of Sussex made the comments during his interview with ITV host Tom Bradby on Sunday (8 January), ahead of the release of his memoir Spare.

The ghostwritten book contains several startling claims, including that William physically attacked Harry during a confrontation at the latter’s London home in 2019.

Maanya Sachdeva has the details:

Harry recounts ‘horrible reaction from my family’ after queen died

Prince Harry accuses family of writing ‘countless books’ via leaks to press

22:05 , Emily Atkinson

Prince Harry has accused members of the royal family of having “written countless books” constituted by the “millions” of words” dedicated to leaking stories about him and the Duchess of Sussex to the press.

Asked by interviewer Tom Bradby how he thought Prince William might react to sharing their private conversations in his new memoir Spare, Prince Harry replied: “He’d probably say all sorts of different things.

“But you know, for the last however many years, let’s just focus on the last six years, the level of planting and leaking from other members of the family means that in my mind they have written countless books, certainly millions of words have been dedicated to trying to trash my wife and myself to the point of where I had to leave my country.

“The distorted narrative is that we wanted to leave to go and, you know, make money. “

Prince William warned Harry marriage to Meghan would be ‘really hard for him’, Duke says

21:55 , Emily Atkinson

Prince Harry has spoken candidly of handling his relationship with Meghan while facing alleged resistance from his brother Prince William.

Asked if the Prince of Wales had ever attempted to dissuade Harry from marrying Meghan, the Duke of Sussex told ITV: “It wasn’t that he – no he never tried to dissuade me from marrying Meghan, but he aired some concerns very early.

“He said you know, ‘This is gonna be really hard for you’ and I still to this day don’t truly understand which part of what he was talking about.

“Maybe he predicted what the British press’s reaction was gonna be.”

Prince Harry says there are ‘25 versions of bridesmaids story’ about Meghan and Kate

21:50 , Emily Atkinson

Prince Harry says there have been “25 versions” of the story where it was reported that Meghan Markle made his sister-in-law, the Princess of Wales, cry.

Around the time of the Sussexes’ wedding, a widely publicised report emerged alleging that Meghan had made Kate Middleton cry over an argument over bridesmaids dresses.

Speaking in an ITV interview ahead of the release of his memoir Spare on Tuesday 10 January, the Duke of Sussex answered questions about how that story unfolded and its impact.

Thomas Kingsley reports:

Prince Harry says there are ‘25 versions of bridesmaids story

Harry says being third wheel to William and Kate was ‘fun but slightly awkward’

21:46 , Emily Atkinson

The Duke of Sussex has spoken about feeling like a “third wheel” after his brother, the Prince of Wales, married Kate Middleton.

In a widely publicised ITV interview with Tom Bradby, Prince Harry spoke about the rift between him and his wife, Meghan Markle, and William and the Princess of Wales.

“I had put a lot of hope in the idea that it’d be William and Kate and me and whoever,” he explained.

Roisin O’Connor reports:

Harry says being third wheel to William and Kate was ‘fun but awkward’

‘There needs to be some accountability’: Harry explains two main criticisms of father King Charles

21:42 , Emily Atkinson

Prince Harry discussed his difficulty communicating with his father, King Charles, during his highly anticipated ITV interview with Tom Bradby.

The sit-down took place ahead of the official release of the Duke of Sussex’s memoir, Spareparts of which have leaked ahead of the publication date.

In the interview, Bradby suggested that Harry has two main criticisms of his father surrounding “intimacy and communication problems”.

Read Roisin O’Connor’s full report here:

Harry explains two main criticisms of father King Charles

Harry says members of family ‘gone to bed with the devil’ to help press image

21:33 , Emily Atkinson

Prince Harry has claimed members of the royal family had “gone to bed with the devil” to rehabilitate their image.

Referring to the media as the “devil” in his latest interview, the Duke of Sussex touched on the veiled relationship between the royal family and the British tabloid press.

Asked by ITV’s Tom Brandy about the duke’s love for the royal family, Harry said: “I love my father. I love my brother. I love my family. I will always do. Nothing of what I’ve done in this book or otherwise has ever been to any intention to harm them or hurt them.”

My colleague Thomas Kingsley reports:

Harry says members of family have ‘gone to bed with the devil’ to help press image

Prince Harry jokes about virginity story with Tom Bradby in ITV interview

21:28 , Emily Atkinson

Prince Harry poked fun at interviewer Tom Bradby after the ITV journalist attempted to bring up the story of how the royal lost his virginity.

Leaked excerpts from the Duke of Sussex’s forthcoming memoir Spare included an account of how he had sex for the first time with an older woman behind a pub.

The book outlines how one of the royal family’s bodyguards, Marko, paid him a visit when he was still a pupil at Eton College in Windsor and told the Prince he had been sent to “find out the truth”.

Roisin O’Connor reports:

Prince Harry jokes about virginity story with Tom Bradby

Prince Harry recalls driving through tunnel mother Diana died in

21:27 , Emily Atkinson

The Duke of Sussex has told of insisting in his 20s that his driver take him through the tunnel Paris that his mother died in, at the “same speed.”

Reading an extract from his memoir Spare, he says: “We came to the mouth of the tunnel. We zipped ahead, went over the lip of the tunnel’s entrance, the bump that supposedly sent mummy’s Mercedes veering off course. But the lip was nothing, we barely felt it.

“As the car entered the tunnel I leaned forward, watched the light change to a kind of watery orange, watched the concrete pillars flicker past. Fphfff, Fphfff Fphfff. I counted them, counted my heart-beats and in a few seconds, we emerged from the other side.

“I sat back. Quietly I said, ‘Is that all of it? It’s nothing, just a straight tunnel.’ I’d always imagined the tunnel was some treacherous passageway, inherently dangerous but it was just a short, simple, no frills tunnel. No reason anyone should ever die inside it. “

Prince Harry details images from Diana’s fatal car crash

21:22 , Emily Atkinson

Prince Harry has detailed the contents of a number of images he was shown of the car crash that killed his mother in Paris in 1997.

“I saw the photographs of the reflection of all the paparazzi in the window at the same time,” the Duke of Sussex explains.

“I saw the back of her blonde hair, you know, slumped on the back of the seat.”

He also told ITV of other photographs “that would probably show my mother’s face and blood.”

He said he assumes those images were kept from him – something the Duke said he was “grateful” for.

Prince Harry says he cried just ‘once’ after mother Diana’s death

21:15 , Emily Atkinson

Prince Harry’s remarks revealed in clips previously released by ITV of Harry: The Interview have now been aired in full.

It captures him saying he cried only once after the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

He also admits to feeling “some guilt” when walking among the gathered crowds outside Kensington Palace, saying the only time he cried was at his mother’s burial.

He tells presenter Tom Bradby: “Everyone knows where they were and what they were doing the night my mother died.

“I cried once, at the burial, and you know I go into detail about how strange it was and how actually there was some guilt that I felt, and I think William felt as well, by walking around the outside of Kensington Palace.”

‘I do not want to be a single dad’: Harry explains decision to leave the UK with Meghan

21:12 , Emily Atkinson

Prince Harry has explained his and wife Meghan Markle’s decision to leave the UK and relocate overseas in his ITV interview with Tom Bradby.

The Duke of Sussex’s conversation with the British presenter was broadcast on Sunday (8 January), two days before the release of his memoir Spare.

The interview began with Harry narrating an excerpt from his book, recounting the night his father Charles, then-Prince of Wales, told him his mother Diana had died.

Maanya Sachdeva reports:

Harry explains decision to leave the UK with Meghan in ITV interview

Harry recounts fleeing to US with family ‘fearing for our lives’

21:09 , Emily Atkinson

Asked how he justifies the level of disclosure in his new book Spare, Prince Harry said he had spent six years “doing everything I can privately, to get through to my family.”

“And the thing that is the saddest about this, Tom, is it never needed to be this way. It never needed to get to this point. I’ve had conversations, I’ve written letters, I’ve written emails, and everything,” he continues.

“That’s really hard to take. And if it had stopped, by the point that I fled my home country with my wife and my son fearing for our lives, then maybe this would’ve turned out differently. It’s hard.”

Interviewer says he needed a ‘lie down’ after reading Spare

21:06 , Emily Atkinson

“Harry and I have known each other for more than 20 years now, through good times – and bad,” says Tom Bradby in the opening to Harry: The Interview.

“So, he’s invited me out to California, to talk about a book that I needed a long lie down after reading.”

Among Harry’s opening comments, he told the veteran journalist he still “believed in the monarchy”, though admitted he was unsure he still had a part to play in its future.

20:59 , Emily Atkinson

We are now just one minute away from the airing of ITV’s Harry: The Interview.

Follow along here for live updates as we have them.

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