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Prince Harry in new interview: 'They’ve shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile'

Two new interviews with the former royal — on CBS' "60 Minutes" and the U.K.'s ITV1 — are scheduled to air Sunday, two days before the publication of Prince Harry's memoir, "Spare."
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Prince Harry is defending his decision to speak out publicly about the royal family and the British media, saying there "has been absolutely no willingness to reconcile."

"Every single time I’ve tried to do it privately, there have been briefings and leakings and planting of stories against me and my wife," he says in a preview of his interview with Anderson Cooper on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” airing Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

And in a 20-second trailer for his interview with British broadcaster Tom Bradby, he says, "It never needed to be this way." That interview will air on the U.K. broadcast station ITV1 and its streaming platform, ITVX, at 9 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET) Sunday.

The interviews are scheduled to air just two days before the Jan. 10 publication of his new memoir, "Spare," which publisher Penguin Random House promises will deliver "raw, unflinching honesty" over more than 400 pages. The book will be published in 16 languages and released as an audiobook read by Harry.

The forthcoming interviews also follow Harry and Meghan's six-hour Netflix docuseries, which premiered last month, in which the couple accused the royal family of actively fueling negative media coverage, leading to their decision to leave their roles as working royals and move to the U.S.

Prince Harry in Dusseldorf, Germany, on Sept. 6, 2022.
Prince Harry in Dusseldorf, Germany, on Sept. 6, 2022.Chris Jackson / Getty Images for Invictus Games

In the preview for the ITV1 interview, Harry refers to "the leaking and the planting" of stories in the media in a series of short clips.

“I want a family, not an institution," he says.

In clips that do not identify exactly whom Harry is speaking about, he says: "They feel as though it’s better to keep us, somehow, as the villains." In a separate clip, he says: "They’ve shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile.”

“I would like to get my father back. I would like to have my brother back," he says.

In his interview with Cooper, Harry repeats allegations that he and Meghan made in the Netflix docuseries, among them that family members and their spokespeople worked to plant news stories in their favor.

"You know, the family motto is 'never complain, never explain' — but it's just a motto, and it doesn't really hold," he tells Cooper.

"They will feed or have a conversation with the correspondent, and that correspondent will literally be spoon-fed information and write the story, and at the bottom of it, they will say they've reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment — but the whole story is Buckingham Palace commenting," Harry says. "So 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 becomes a point when silence is betrayal."

Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In their explosive 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry and Meghan claimed, among other things, that an unidentified royal insider — later clarified as neither the late Queen Elizabeth II nor her late husband, Prince Philip — expressed “concerns" about how dark the couple's son Archie's skin might be ahead of his birth. Buckingham Palace did not respond to requests to comment on the interview at the time.

CORRECTION (Jan. 2, 2023, 11:45 a.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated ITV1’s corporate status. It is a private broadcaster, not public.