Prince Harry has said in a new interview that he hid more damaging information about his family in his new memoir, suggesting he had enough material to write another book.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph Bryony Gordon, Harry said: “The first draft was different. It was 800 pages, and now it’s 400 pages. It could have been two books, let’s put it that way. And the hardest part was getting things out.
He said his relationship with his brother ‘couldn’t get any worse’ and, in remarks likely to infuriate William and Kate as blatant invasions of privacy, said he feared for William’s children and criticized William as “closed”.
In remarks likely to ruin weekends for Buckingham Palace staff, who could have been forgiven for thinking the storm had passed, he said: ‘There are things that have happened, especially between me and my brother, and to some extent between me and my dad, that I don’t want the world to know. Because I don’t think they would ever forgive me.
He also repeated his book’s inflammatory central claim that the palace sells some family members to the media in exchange for protecting others, saying the newspapers had “a ton of shit on my family, I know they have it, and they sweep it under the rug for juicy stories about someone else.
He told Gordon, who interviewed him at his home in Montecito: “Although William and I have spoken about it once or twice, and he has made it very clear to me that his children are not my responsibility, I still feel a responsibility knowing that of these three children, at least one will end up like me, the spare one. And that hurts, that worries me.
In another stunning swipe at William, he said: “People who have experienced trauma deal with it in different ways. I think as far as William and I are concerned, the fascinating part is that we both went through a similar traumatic experience.
“There are things that happened, especially between me and my brother, and to some extent between me and my father, that I don’t want the world to know. Because I don’t think they would ever forgive me.”
— Prince Harry
“He wanted to talk about it when [we were] younger, which created a bit of resentment. It wasn’t against him, I just didn’t want to talk about it. And then, as we got older, I started going off the rails a little bit and dealing with that through alcohol and drugs, and he became completely quiet and completely closed off. And then my life started changing and changing completely, because I wanted, or had no choice, but to face the very thing that I had been running from or afraid of all those years.
Harry attributed much of his change in attitude to taking the psychedelic drug ayahuasca in the interview, saying ‘taking ayahuasca with the right people’ ultimately helped him come to terms with his mother’s death. .
He then contrasted his decision to take ayahuasca and William not, saying, “As two brothers, if one of you goes through this experience and the other doesn’t, it naturally creates a new fracture between you. Which is really sad. But although William was the first person to suggest therapy, I just wish he could feel the same benefits instead of believing what he doesn’t need.
He defended himself against accusations of airing his family’s dirty laundry in public, saying: ‘What’s the difference between spreading lies about your family through the British press, or spreading the truth through a book? ? In my case, this is all contained in one place where I hold myself fully responsible and accountable for what I say.
He reaffirmed that it was his “life mission” to fight against press abuse, of which he says: “It took my mother, it took Caroline Flack, who was my girlfriend, and he almost took my wife. And if that’s not reason enough to use pain and turn it into purpose, I don’t know what is.
However, it is his claim that half the book has been cut that is likely to confuse the Royal Family the most. Harry says: “It could have been two books, in other words…there were other bits that I shared with [ghostwriter] J.R. [Moehringer]that I said, “Look, I’m telling you this for context, but there’s absolutely no way I’m putting it in there.”
“Now you could say some of the stuff that I put in there, well, they’ll never forgive me anyway,” he said. “But the way I see it is I’m ready to forgive you for everything you’ve done, and I wish you’d sat down with me, properly, and instead of saying I’m delusional and paranoid , actually sit down and have a proper conversation about it, because what I would really like is some responsibility and an apology to my wife.