11 of the most surprising moments from Prince Harry’s first sit-down interview ahead of his memoir release


Kiara Keane,Mikhaila Friel

Mon, 9 January 2023 at 11:53 am GMT

The Duke of Sussex is interviewed by ITV's Tom Bradby
The Duke of Sussex is interviewed by ITV’s Tom Bradby.ITV
  • Prince Harry’s interview with Tom Bradby aired in the UK on Sunday ahead of his memoir release.
  • In the interview, Harry spoke about Diana and his relationship with the royal family.
  • Spare” will be released worldwide on Tuesday.

Prince Harry sat down for a wide-ranging interview with ITV News at Ten presenter Tom Bradby, which aired in the UK on Sunday.

Prince Harry being interviewed by Tom Bradby at his home in Montecito, California.
Prince Harry being interviewed by Tom Bradby at his home in Montecito, California, in January 2022.ITV

Prince Harry’s first interview to promote his memoir, “Spare,” aired on the UK network ITV on Sunday.

During the interview, filmed at his home in Montecito, California, Harry spoke candidly with journalist Tom Bradby about the book’s contents, including his mother Princess Diana’s death, the rift with his brother, Prince William, his relationship with King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort, and his and Meghan’s step back from royal life.

“Spare” is set to be released worldwide on Tuesday, though leaks from the Spanish-language version of the book began to surface on Thursday after it accidentally went on sale early in Spain.

Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment regarding the ITV interview. Representatives for the Duke of Sussex declined to comment.

Prince Harry said he went through the same tunnel in Paris where Princess Diana died in a car accident.

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Prince Charles, Prince William, Princess Diana, and Prince Harry attend a ceremony in Hyde Park to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day on May 7, 1995.Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, died from injuries sustained in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997. Harry was 12 years old when she died.

Speaking in the ITV interview, Harry said Diana had been chased by paparazzi before the crash, and that photographers did nothing to help her, instead choosing to take photos of her after the accident.

In an excerpt from the audiobook version of “Spare,” narrated by Harry, which was shared in the ITV interview, he wrote that he requested to be driven in a car through the same tunnel where Diana’s crash occurred at the same speed.

“Quietly, I said, ‘Is that all of it?’ It’s nothing, just a straight tunnel. I almost imagined the tunnel as some treacherous passageway, inherently dangerous. It was just a short, simple, no-frills tunnel. No reason anyone should die inside it,” Harry wrote.

Harry didn’t specify what age he was when he was driven through the tunnel, but he said in the ITV interview that he was old enough to drive at the time.

Harry said he only cried once after Diana’s death and that he experienced guilt while smiling as he met mourners.

King Charles with Prince William and Prince Harry at Princess Diana's funeral 1997
King Charles joined his sons in mourning his late wife, Princess Diana, at her funeral in 1997.Tim Graham/Insider

“Everyone knows where they were and what they were doing the night my mother died,” Harry said in the ITV interview.

“I cried once at the burial and, you know, I go into detail about how strange it was,” he added.

“Actually there was some guilt that I felt, and I think William felt as well, by walking around the outside of Kensington Palace,” he said. “There were 50,000 bouquets of flowers to our mother and there we were shaking people’s hands, smiling.”

Harry admitted to taking cocaine as a teenager.

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Prince Harry photographed during a family vacation in 2005.Anwar Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

Bradby asked Harry about the drug use that he mentions in the book, and said it may surprise some people that the prince admitted to using marijuana, magic mushrooms, and cocaine.

“But important to acknowledge,” Harry said.

In an excerpt from the book read by Bradby in the interview, Harry said he’d been offered a line of cocaine at someone’s country house during a hunting weekend, and that it did not make him “in the slightest bit happy.”

In the excerpt, Harry described himself as a “deeply unhappy 17-year-old willing to try almost anything that would alter the status quo.”

Harry said his stepmother Camilla leaked stories to the media.

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Charles, Camilla, and Harry on the Buckingham Palace balcony in July 2005.JAMES VELLACOTT/AFP via Getty Images

In an excerpt from the audiobook narrated by Harry, he wrote that Camilla leaked stories about her private conversations with Prince William.

“Stories began to appear everywhere, in all the papers, about her private conversation with William, stories that contained pinpoint accurate details, none of it which had come from Willy, of course. They could only have been leaked by the one other person present,” Harry wrote.

Harry told Bradby that he and Prince William asked King Charles not to marry Camilla.

Prince Harry and Queen Consort Camilla
Camilla and Harry during the annual Trooping The Colour ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2015.Mark Cuthbert/Getty Images

In the same excerpt from the audiobook, Harry said that he and Prince William asked his father not to marry Camilla, Queen Consort before they tied the knot in 2005.

“‘We support you,’ we said. ‘We endorse Camilla,’ we said. Just please don’t marry her,” Harry wrote in the book.

“William and I wanted our father to be happy… We asked him not to get married, he chose to, and that’s his decision. But the two of them were, and are very happy together,” he told Bradby.

Harry said that although William and Kate Middleton were fans of “Suits,” they didn’t get along with Meghan from the outset.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on Saturday.
Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in September 2022.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Harry told Bradby that William and Kate were fans of “Suits,” the legal drama series that Meghan starred in when they were dating.

However, he said that the Prince and Princess of Wales appeared to stereotype Meghan from the beginning because she was an American actress, divorced, and biracial.

“I don’t think they were ever expecting me to get into a relationship with someone like Meghan, who had, you know, a very successful career. There was a lot of stereotyping that was happening, that I was guilty of as well at the beginning,” Harry said.

“The fact that I had that in the back of my mind, and some of the things that my brother and sister-in-law, the way they were acting or behaving, definitely felt to me as though unfortunately that stereotyping was causing a bit of a barrier to welcoming her in,” he added.

According to Harry, Kate was upset with Meghan for saying she had “baby brain” while pregnant.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018
Kate (left) and Meghan (right) attend Wimbledon in July 2018.Karwai Tang/Getty Images

In an excerpt from the book read by Bradby, Harry wrote that he, Meghan, William, and Kate had a “clear the air meeting” because Kate was upset with Meghan for saying she had “baby brain” while pregnant.

Harry wrote that during the meeting, Kate gripped the edges of her chair “so tightly that her fingers were white” and that William told Meghan “that’s not what’s done here in Britain.”

In another excerpt from the audiobook, narrated by Harry, he said that William described Meghan as “difficult,” “rude,” and that she had “alienated half the staff.” Harry wrote that William was parroting the “duchess difficult” narrative spun by the press.

Harry said that William once physically “attacked” him and then asked him not to tell Meghan about it.

Prince Harry and Prince William on the balcony the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England.
Prince Harry and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018, in London, England.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

In an excerpt from the audiobook, narrated by Harry, he said that William once physically “attacked” him after an argument. He didn’t specify when the incident took place.

“He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and knocking me to the floor. I landed on the dog’s bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me,” Harry said in the excerpt.

Harry added in the book that William insisted that he hit him back, which he refused to do. A few minutes later, Harry wrote, William apologized and said: “You don’t need to tell Meg about this.”

Speaking to Bradby, Harry said that if it wasn’t for his therapy sessions, which helped him process anger, he would have fought back.

Harry had to ask the Queen for permission to not shave his beard before his royal wedding.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in their wedding carriage on May 19, 2018.Aaron Chown/WPA Pool/Getty Images

In an excerpt from the book read by Bradby, Harry wrote that he had to ask his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, for permission to keep his beard for his royal wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018. Harry wrote that this ultimately caused an argument between himself and William that lasted a week, because William didn’t understand why Harry was allowed to keep his beard when he had previously been instructed to shave his off.

“Writing this, I remembered that William had a beard himself, and that granny and other people were the ones who told him to shave it off,” Harry told Bradby.

“The difference for me, was, as I explained to my grandmother, that this beard, that I’m still wearing, felt to me at the time like the new Harry, as almost like a shield to my anxiety,” he said.

Harry said he believes the royal family is not racist for making comments about Archie’s skin tone.

Meghan Markle holds baby Archie in his nursery.
A photo of Meghan Markle holding baby Archie in his nursery was shared in their docuseries in December 2022.”Harry and Meghan” docuseries on Netflix

Speaking in their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, the Sussexes said that unnamed members of the royal family had “concerns and conversations” about what their son Archie’s skin tone would look like before his birth. Harry and Meghan did not confirm which members of the royal family had the conversation.

In a statement released on behalf of the Queen at the time, a palace spokesperson said that the issues of race were “concerning” and that although recollections varied, it would “be addressed by the family privately.”

Speaking in the ITV interview, Harry said that he believed the royals who made the comments weren’t racist, but rather displayed unconscious bias.

“But once it’s been acknowledged and pointed out to you as an individual or as an institution, that you have unconscious bias, you then have an opportunity to learn and grow from that, in order so that you are part of the solution instead of part of the problem,” he said.

Harry said he’d be open to having a discussion about returning to the royal family.

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Prince Harry being interviewed by Tom Bradby for ITV.ITV News

Bradby asked Harry if he could see him being part of the monarchy’s future, to which Harry responded that he didn’t know. He said that he and Meghan had “always wanted to continue to serve” before their step back from the royal duties, but they didn’t want to live in the UK.

“If my father asks us for support across the Commonwealth, then that is certainly an open discussion,” Harry said.

“But I’m here… my family is now here,” he said, referencing his home in California.

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