Prince Harry was asked a hard question by Anderson Cooper on his current life since quitting the royal family.
Cooper mentioned that Harry and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down from their senior royal roles in January 2020 and moved to North America, then signed a deal with Netflix and gave a tell-all interview to Oprah Winfrey months later, in an interview that was broadcast on CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday to promote the Duke of Sussex’s memoir, Spare. Cooper questioned why the couple has continued to utilize the royal titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex that Queen Elizabeth bestowed upon them on their wedding day in 2018.
“Why not abandon your ducal and duchess titles?” Cooper, 55, questioned.
And what difference would that make? Harry, 38, retorted.
“One of the criticisms you’ve heard is that it’s alright if you want to leave the institutional function and relocate to California. Why make yourself so visible? Why would you divulge conversations you’ve had with your brother or father? You claim to have attempted to do so in secret, “the journalist for 60 Minutes added.
“And each time I’ve attempted to do it in secret, there have been leaks, briefings, and the fabrication of lies about my wife and me. The family’s credo is “never complain, never explain,” you know “Harry mentioned the proverb. “But it’s only a slogan. And it’s not actually true.”
In his first television interview about Spare, which also aired Sunday night in the UK on ITV, Prince Harry referred to the proverb when discussing his ties with his family.
Journalist Tom Bradby questioned the prince in Harry: The Interview about his justification for disclosing family secrets. Harry responded, “Well, the family has a philosophy that goes, “Never complain, never explain.” That was merely a motto, as many have now come to understand thanks to the Netflix documentary and numerous stories that have been published over the years. There was a lot of whining and a lot of justification.”
“We’re six years into it now and I have spent every single year of those six doing everything I can privately to get through to my family. And the thing that is the saddest about this, Tom, is it never needed to be this way. It never needed to get to this point,” he said. “I’ve had conversations, I’ve written letters, I’ve written emails, and everything is just, no, you, this is not what’s happening. You are imagining it.’ And that’s really hard to take.”
And perhaps things would have turned out differently if it hadn’t continued by the time he departed his native country with his wife and son out of fear for their life, he said.
An “intimate” and “heartfelt” look into the “experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped form him,” according to Prince Harry’s memoir, which will be published on January 10th.
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