Prince Harry claims he has 'never intended to hurt his family'

‘I don’t see it as cutting at all’: Prince Harry brazenly insists he ‘NEVER intended to hurt his family’ – despite launching dozens of brutal attacks on royals in explosive memoir and on TV

  • The 38-year-old fired back at 60 Minutes host Anderson Cooper’s suggestion that his memoir Spare included ‘cutting’ words about his brother 
  • Harry wrote about his brother’s ‘alarming baldness’ and ‘familiar scowl’ 
  • However, the Duke insisted that nothing he wrote was meant to ‘hurt his family’ 
  • He claimed that he’s had to speak out because publicly because he is ‘trying to speak a language that perhaps [his family] understands’ 
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Prince Harry has boldly claimed that he ‘never intended to hurt his family’ with the brutal contents of his bombshell memoir – despite the book, and the various TV interviews the Duke has done to promote it, containing several very damaging attacks on the royals. 

The 38-year-old father-of-two defended his decision to air his grievances about his family so publicly during a 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper on Sunday – which aired just over an hour after Harry gave a near-identical one-on-one chat to British TV channel ITV. 

When asked by Cooper about a particularly ‘cutting’ passage in his book in which he details his brother William’s ‘alarming baldness’ and his ‘famous resemblance’ to their mother Princess Diana – which the Duke wrote was ‘fading with time, with age’ – Harry claimed he saw nothing ‘cutting’ about that passage, nor any other in the memoir. 

‘I don’t see it as cutting at all,’ Harry fired back. 

Prince Harry insists that he ‘never intended to hurt his family’ with the contents of his bombshell new memoir Spare – claiming he simply wanted to tell his ‘truth’ 

During an interview with 60 Minutes, Harry said that he had no choice but to publicly air his grievances about the royals because when he has done so privately, stories have been ‘leaked’

‘Um, you know, my brother and I love each other. I love him deeply. There has been a lot of pain between the two of us, especially the last six years.’

The Duke went on to insist that he ‘never intended to hurt his family’ with the publication of the book, however he claimed that he felt the need to share his story in such a public manner in order to ‘squash the idea’ that Meghan ‘was the one that destroyed’ his relationship with his brother. 

‘None of anything that I’ve written, anything I’ve included is ever intended to hurt my family,’ he claimed. 

‘But it does give a full picture of the situation as we were growing up, and also squashes this idea that somehow my wife was the one that destroyed the relationship between these two brothers.’

Prince Harry’s suggestion that he ‘never intended’ to cause his family upset seems very much at odds with the contents of his explosive book – which was accidentally released in Spain before the weekend, days ahead of its planned January 10 publication. 

The memoir’s early release revealed a laundry list of damaging claims and accusations made by the Duke against his family – with Cooper himself noting in the introduction to his interview that it ‘is anything but spare in its unflattering portrayal of the royal family’.

Attacks rain down in every chapter of the book, from accusations that his brother assaulted him to claims that William and their father Charles confronted him after Prince Philip’s funeral

Cooper referenced one particularly ‘cutting’ passage in which Harry describes William’s ‘alarming baldness’, however the Duke retorted: ‘I don’t see it as cutting at all’

Attacks rain down in every chapter: from accusations that his brother assaulted him in a row over Meghan to claims that William and Charles confronted Harry after Prince Philip’s funeral and were ‘looking for a fight’. 

Harry also alleges that William and Kate – his once adored sister-in-law who is now painted as cold and unfriendly – urged him to wear his infamous Nazi costume. 

The prince, who quit as a working royal and moved to California with Meghan in a quest for greater privacy, recalls in agonizing detail dozens of family arguments and intimate conversations. He also goes on to reveal his father’s medical ailments and the fact the King still carries around his favorite teddy bear.

However, according to Harry, none of this was meant to ‘hurt’ his family – with the Prince going on to claim to Cooper that that he had no choice but to hit out at the royal family in such a public manner – because it is the only ‘language that perhaps they understand’, alleging that he had tried to have conversations ‘privately’ but that ‘every time… there have been briefings and leakings and planting of stories against me and my wife’.

He continued: ‘You know, the family motto is “never complain, never explain”, but it’s just a motto and it doesn’t really hold…’ 

When asked by Cooper whether there had been ‘a lot of complaining and a lot of explaining through leaks,’ Harry claimed: ‘Through leaks. They will feed or have a conversation with the correspondent and that correspondent will literally be spoon fed information and write the story. 

Shortly before his 60 Minutes interview aired, the Duke launched another attack on his family in a sit-down with British ITV journalist Tom Bradby, in which he likened the royals to ‘abusers’

‘And at the bottom of it, they will say that they’ve reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment. But the whole story is Buckingham Palace commenting.’

Repeating the attacks he and Meghan made against the royals in their recent Netflix docuseries, the Duke said the couple has been ‘betrayed’ repeatedly by his family, telling Cooper: ‘When we’re being told for the last six years, “We can’t put a statement out to protect you,” but you do it for other members of the family, there comes a point where silence is betrayal.’

Taking another swipe at his family – and what he claims is the royals’ persistent ‘leaking’ of stories to the press – Harry said that he would rather speak out himself than voice his complaints about the Monarchy through ‘someone else’ or an ‘unnamed source’. 

‘So now, trying to speak a language that perhaps they understand, I will sit here and speak truth to you with the words that come out of my mouth, rather than using someone else, an unnamed source, to feed in lies or a narrative to a tabloid media that literally radicalizes its readers to then potentially cause harm to my family, my wife, my kids,’ he said.

Ironically, even as Harry was defending the bombshells included in his memoir, he was – at the same time – launching further attacks on his family, at one point describing Queen Consort Camilla as a ‘villain’ who he considered to be ‘dangerous’.

Shortly before his interview on 60 Minutes aired, the Duke launched another extraordinary attack on his family in a sit-down with British ITV journalist Tom Bradby, in which he likened the royals to ‘abusers’ and suggested the Monarchy helped to ‘trash’ his and Meghan’s reputations. 

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