Prince Harry interview: Royal family ‘got into bed with the devil’

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The Prince said the Royal family ‘got into bed with the devil’ (Picture: Getty)

The Duke of Sussex has accused his family of ‘getting into bed with the devil’ to rehabilitate their image.

In his first primetime television interview promoting his controversial memoir, Harry also criticized ‘family members’ for a ‘really horrible reaction’ on the day the Queen died, with leakings and briefings.

He also told ITV’s Tom Bradby that he loved his father Charles and brother the Prince of Wales, but said: ‘At the moment, I don’t recognize them, as much as they probably don’t recognize me.’

‘Nothing of what I’ve done in this book or otherwise has ever been any intention to harm them or hurt them,’ he added.

Harry’s book Spare, due out on Tuesday, has sparked a furore over his claims that William physically attacked him, and his admission he killed 25 Taliban members during the Afghanistan war.

Harry said he wanted reconciliation with his father and brother, and forgiveness was 100% a possibility, but grilled by Bradby on whether he had taken a ‘flamethrower’ to any bridges, the duke insisted: ‘Silence only allows the abuser to abuse.’

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This photograph is (C) ITN and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the program or event mentioned.  Editorial use only.  Mandatory Credit: Photo by ITV/Shutterstock (13700715o) Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex interviewed by Tom Bradby in California.  Prince Harry Interview with Tom Bradby Produced by ITN Productions ITV will show an exclusive interview with Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, next Sunday in which he will talk in-depth to Tom Bradby, journalist and ITV News at Ten presenter, covering a range of subjects including his personal relationships, never-before-heard details surrounding the death of his mother, Diana, and a look ahead at his future.  The 90 minute programme, produced by ITN Productions for ITV, will be broadcast two days before Prince Harry?s autobiography ?Spare?  is published on 10 January, by Transworld.  The book has been billed by publisher Penguin Random House as 'a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief'.  Filmed in California, where Harry now lives, Harry: The Interview, sees the Prince go into unprecedented depth and detail on life in and out of the Royal Family.  Speaking to Tom Bradby, who he has known for more than 20 years, Prince Harry shares his personal story, in his own words.  Michael Jermey, ITV Director of News and Current Affairs, said: 'It is extremely rare for a member of the Royal Family to speak so openly about their experience at the heart of the institution.  'Tom Bradby?s interview with Prince Harry will be a program that everyone with an informed opinion on the monarchy should want to watch.

Harry is expected unleashed a number of ‘truth bombs’ in the new interview (Picture: ITV)

The couple sat down in California for the interview (Picture: ITV/ Shutterstock)

The couple sat down in California for the interview (Picture: ITV/ Shutterstock)

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He has also spoken about his relationship with his brother (Picture: AP)

‘They’ve shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile up until this point. And I’m not sure how honesty is burning bridges,’ Harry added.

Harry lambasted the British press throughout the sit-down interview, and accused the royals of being ‘complicit’ in the conflict the media created.

‘The saddest part of that is certain members of my family and the people that work for them are complicit in that conflict,’ he said.

Harry’s tell-all tales in his book include recounting how he took cocaine and magic mushrooms and lost his virginity to an older woman in a field behind a busy pub, and the stories have dominated the headlines for days.

With Brady bringing up the duke writing about losing his virginity at the age of 17, Harry said: ‘It’s four lines or something…if that’, and then quipped to the ITV News At Ten presenter: ‘We can talk about you losing your virginity, if you want?’

Harry also revealed how he felt ‘slightly isolated’ and different from his family in his younger years following the death of his mother, but shared joyful times with his great-grandmother the Queen Mother.

Speaking about Charles and William, 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 any intention to harm them or hurt them.

‘The truth is something that I need to rely on, and after many, many years of lies being told about me and my family, there comes a point where, you know, again, going back to the relationship between certain members of the family and the tabloid press, those certain members have decided to get in the bed with the devil, right, to rehabilitate their image.’

As Bradby outlined Harry’s criticisms of his father including that the duke’s interests are ‘sacrificed to his interests, certainly when it comes to the press’, the duke said he understood the need to have that relationship with the tabloid press but did not agree with it .

He said there had been ‘incredibly hurtful’ decisions, adding: ‘And they, and it continues. It hasn’t stopped. It’s continuing the whole, the whole way through.’

Harry said he wrote his book because ’38 years of having my story told by so many different people, with intentional spin and distortion felt like a good time to own my story and be able to tell it for myself’.

He added: ‘You know, I don’t think that if I was still part of the institution that I would have been given this chance to.’

The interview, filmed in California, is the first of four broadcast appearances over the coming days, with Harry also speaking to Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes on CBS News on Sunday night, Michael Strahan of Good Morning America on Monday and Stephen Colbert on the Late Show on CBS on Wednesday morning UK time.

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