Prince Harry said that both he and his brother Prince William asked his father King Charles III not to marry Camilla. He claimed that the her necessity to remake her public image made her “dangerous”.
“That made her dangerous because of the connections that she was forging within the British press. And there was open willingness on both sides to trade of information. And with a family built on hierarchy, and with her, on the way to being Queen consort, there was gonna be people or bodies left in the street because of that,” he told Anderson Cooper on CBS’s 60 Minutes.
When asked why Prince Harry and his brother didn’t want King Charles to marry Camilla, he responded: “We didn’t think it was necessary. We thought that it was gonna cause more harm than good and that if he was now with his person, that – surely that’s enough.
“Why go that far when you don’t necessarily need to? We wanted him to be happy. And we saw how happy he was with her. So, at the time, it was, ‘Okay’.”
In his memoir Spare, Prince Harry claimed that Camilla “sacrificed me on her personal PR alter” and used William and him to get better coverage in the press.
He said: “If you are led to believe, as a member of the family, that being on the front page, having positive headlines, positive stories written about you, is going to improve your reputation or increase the chances of you being accepted as monarch by the British public, then that’s what you’re gonna do.”
He then contrasted what he said were Camilla and Kate’s experiences marrying into the Royal Family with those of his own wife, Meghan Markle, and addressed a statement the Sussexes put out condemning the tabloid coverage of their relationship.
“They felt as though it made them look bad. They felt as though they didn’t have a chance or weren’t able to do that for their partners. What Meghan had to go through was similar in some part to what Kate and what Camilla went through, very different circumstances,” the Duke of Sussex said.
He added: “But then you add in the race element, which was what the press – British press jumped on straight away. I went into this incredibly naïve. I had no idea the British press were so bigoted. Hell, I was probably bigoted before.”
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Cooper then pressed the Prince on the issue, he asked: “You think you were bigoted before the relationship with Meghan?”
Prince Harry responded: “I don’t know. Put it this way, I didn’t see what I now see.”
The claims about Camilla “trading in information” come shortly after an ITV interview with Harry in which he claimed members of his family had got “into bed with the devil”, alluding to the British press, specifically to rehabilitate their image.
The 60 Minutes interview premiered in the United States but will be available on ITVX from tomorrow afternoon.
However, the Prince’s media circuit does not end yet, he has done an interview with Michael Strahan slated to air on January 9 on Good Morning America at 7am EST.
The slew of interviews come ahead of the release of his memoir, Spare, which will be available to buy from all bookshops and audiobook providers from January 10.