What we learned from spare interviews with ITV and Anderson Cooper on CBS

2. The collapse with “Willy” was a long time coming

Although the fraternal feud only seemingly surfaced after meeting Meghan, Harry admits his relationship with William had always been fraught with “sibling rivalry”.

Harry claims that William asked him to pretend they didn’t know each other in high school and that the driving force between the two brothers, rather than bringing them together, was their mother’s death.

“We had a very similar traumatic experience and then we dealt with it in two very different ways,” the Duke said.

Fast-forwarding to the Sussexes’ engagement in 2017, Harry said that while William didn’t try to dissuade him from marrying Meghan, he did raise concerns early on.

3. Harry believed Diana faked her own death

Prince Harry spoke about the moment his father King Charles III informed him of his mother’s death in a car accident in Paris.

He said he doesn’t remember Charles telling him about Princess Diana’s car being chased to her death by paparazzi, but said he had a lot of sympathy for his father now that he’s become a parent himself.

Harry said the rift between him and his brother stemmed from their mother's death.

Harry said the rift between him and his brother stemmed from their mother’s death.Credit:AP

The Duke of Sussex admitted that until he was 23 he believed his mother might still be alive and that the accident in Paris may have been staged so she could escape media intrusion.

Although he said he no longer had any desire to reopen the case after Princess Diana’s death, Harry said there were still “many things unsettled” and that he was even taken through the same tunnel in Paris by a driver to see if the driver’s loss of control story was plausible.

4. The bridesmaid and the beard

Prince Harry himself acknowledged that there were “25 versions” of the bridesmaid story, which is said to have caused his sister-in-law, the Princess of Wales, to cry.

Ahead of the Sussexes’ wedding in May 2018, a tabloid report emerged claiming Meghan had made Catherine cry in an argument over a bridesmaid dress fitting. During Monday’s ITV interview, Harry reiterated that it was Kate who made Meghan cry, not the other way around, and that Kate apologized the next day.

When asked why the story was never corrected, Harry said: “My understanding is why it [the royal family] not wanting to come out and say it wasn’t true would therefore become ‘Well, if it wasn’t that, was it the other way around?’ to lead.”

Meanwhile, Harry also spoke about the unusual falling out between him and William over his decision to keep his beard for his wedding, which was not royal tradition and was not normally allowed in military uniforms.


Harry said he got Queen Elizabeth II’s approval to keep his beard for his televised wedding, describing it as a “shield of my fear”. His grandmother gave him the go-ahead, but William – who had been clean-shaven for his own wedding – disagreed, leading to weeks of arguments between the brothers.

Harry claimed William tried to use his authority as “heir” to override the decision and order Harry to shave the offending beard.

Prince Harry kept his beard at his wedding despite his brother's alleged disapproval.

Prince Harry kept his beard at his wedding despite his brother’s alleged disapproval. Credit:AP

6. Reconciliation

After all this, you might be thinking, surely Harry wants to leave the royals behind? However, he says the opposite is true and that if it were up to him, they would make amends.

“I think there’s probably a lot of people who, after seeing the documentary and reading the book, are going to think, how could you ever forgive your family for what they did? People have told me that before,” Harry said.

“And I said forgiveness is 100 percent possible because I’d like to get my father back. I would like my brother back. I don’t recognize them right now, any more than they probably don’t recognize me.”

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