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Prince Harry is getting candid about his reason for speaking publicly about his concerns with the British royal family and the institution ahead of the release of his memoir.
On next Sunday’s 60 Minutes, Prince Harry sits down with Anderson Cooper ahead of the release of his highly anticipated memoir, Spare. In a preview clip released Monday by CBS, Prince Harry says he was forced to go public because of stories being planted against him and his wife, adding, “You know, the family motto is ‘Never complain, never explain,’ but it’s just a motto.”
Prince Harry went on to detail how the press is getting information from Buckingham Palace, saying, “At the bottom of [a story] they will say that they’ve reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment. But the whole story is Buckingham Palace commenting.”
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have faced a great deal of criticism, and garnered as much admiration, since their exit from the royal family. More recently, the couple denied that doing the six-part Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan was contradictory to their state desire to step back from public life.
But in the 60 Minutes preview, it’s clear the prince does not regret the couple’s decision to take their story public. “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. It becomes — there becomes a point when silence is betrayal,” he tells Cooper.
In the interview — Prince Harry’s first U.S. television interview to discuss the memoir — he is also set to discuss his childhood, the loss of his mother, what life was like living in the U.K. and what it’s like now in America.
Spare will hit bookshelves on Jan. 10.
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