Prince Harry explains why he and Meghan Markle talk about the royals

In his 60 minutes interview with Anderson Cooper, Prince Harry talked about why he and Meghan Markle decided to speak publicly about everything they experienced with the royal family. They tried to discuss their problems with the family privately, Harry said, but the royals kept turning the British media on them. Speaks openly to the press and the public – as we have seen in theirs March 2021 Oprah interview2022 Netflix docuseriesand now, Harry’s memories Spare parts, to come out Tuesday—became the only way to speak their truth.

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Harry said that despite the royals’ “never complain, never explain” motto, they actually did some explaining, using unnamed sources to speak to tabloids on their behalf. He revealed on 60 minutes that the royals read the tabloids daily: “You know, my family read the tabloids, you know? It’s laid out – for breakfast when everyone gets together,” Harry said.

These tabloids also shaped William’s frosty opinion of Meghanwhich made him and Harry have the argument in 2019, in which William allegedly physically attacked Harry. “It was at a time when he was being told certain things by people in his office,” Harry recalled. “And at the same time, he was consuming a lot of the tabloid press, a lot of the stories. And he had a few issues that weren’t based in reality. And I was defending my wife.”

Cooper asked Harry about the couple’s motive for telling all about the royals: “One of the criticisms you’ve received is that okay, fine, you’re going to move to California, you’re going to step down from the institutional role. Why be so public ? Why reveal conversations you had with your father or – with your brother? You say you tried to make this private.”

Harry replied, “And every single time I’ve tried to make it private, there’s been briefings and leaks and planted stories against me and my wife. You know, the family motto is never complain, never explain. But it’s just a motto. And it doesn’t really last…”

“There’s a lot of complaining and a lot of explaining,” Cooper said.

“Infinitely—” Harry confirmed.

“Private – being done in – through leaks,” Cooper continued.

“Through leaks,” Harry confirmed. He told Cooper that he would never inform his family.

“So now, when I try to speak a language that they might understand, I’m going to sit here and speak the truth to you with the words that come out of my mouth, instead of using someone else, an unnamed source, to to feed lies or a narrative to a tabloid media that literally radicalizes its readers to then potentially harm my family, my wife, my children,” Harry said.

Cooper brought up a recent editorial that ran in a British tabloid The sun it was particularly hateful towards Meghan, with the author, a TV presenter, writing that he fantasized about Meghan”[being] made to walk naked through the streets of every town in Britain with crowds chanting ‘Shame’ and throwing clumps of excrement at her,” Cooper said. He then asked Harry if the palace had reacted to the play at all.

No,” said Harry. “And there comes a point where silence is betrayal.”

Cooper asked if the rift between Meghan, Harry and the royal family could be healed.

“Yes,” said Harry. “The ball is very much in their court, but you know, Meghan and I have kept saying that we want to openly apologize for anything we did wrong, but every time we ask that question, no one tells us the details or something. . . There has to be a constructive conversation, one that can happen privately that won’t be leaked.”

Cooper responded, “I assume they would say, ‘Well, how can we trust you, how do we know you’re not going to reveal the conversations we have in an interview somewhere?'”

Harry pointed out that their briefing against Meghan set all this in motion. “It all started with them briefing my wife with lies on a daily basis to the point where my wife and I had to run away from our count – my country.”

Harry spoke earlier in Harry and Meghan, the couple’s documentary, about the moment he knew they could no longer stay in the UK on 13 January 2020 after the “Sandringham Summit.” He realized, like Meghan, that his family was not protecting them. “It was my decision,” he said. “She never asked to go. I was the one who had to see for myself.”

“That day a story came out saying part of the reason Meghan and I left was because William had bullied us and once I got into the car after the meeting. [Sandringham Summit with William, King Charles III, and the Queen discussing Meghan and Harry’s stepping back announcement], I was told of a joint statement that had been released in my name and my brother’s name that squashed the story that he bullied us out of the family,” Harry recalled. “I couldn’t believe it. No one had asked me. No one had asked me for permission to put my name to a statement like that. And I called M and I told her and she burst into tears because within four hours they were happy to lie to protect my brother, and yet for three years they were never willing to tell the truth to protect us.”

Meghan added: “Suddenly it clicked in my head: It never stops. Every rumour, every negative thing, every lie, everything that I knew wasn’t true and that the palace knew wasn’t true and internally knew those that it wasn’t true, who were just allowed to party.”

“So there was no other option at this point,” Harry said. “I said, ‘We’ve got to get out of here.'”

You can see Harry’s drunk 60 minutes interview here on CBS and read the entire transcript.

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Alyssa Bailey is senior news and strategy editor at, where she oversees celebrity and royal coverage (especially Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She has previously held positions at With style and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, getting people to take #ootd pictures of her, and exploring New York City.

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