Harry rubbishes claim he’s ‘scathing’ towards Camilla in book – despite ‘leak’ accusation

Prince Harry has shut down a claim that he's "scathing" towards his stepmother Queen Consort Camilla in his memoir Spare.

In the explosive interview with ITV's Tom Bradby on 8 January, the Duke of Sussex, 38, opened up on everything from how his brother allegedly physically assaulted him to his drug use that he said was "important to acknowledge".

But when the conversation turned to his words about his father King Charles III's wife Camilla, 75, Harry became defensive.

"I, I want to sort of just briefly talk about your stepmother and the press ‘cause you, you are pretty consistently scathing and suggest that you are…" Tom began to say before Harry interrupted: "Scathing? What, scathing towards…?

Tom then continued: "Well as in you say that, 'Your interests were sacrificed on her PR alter,' to quote, and you seem to be specifically referencing that. Now her people might say, well, it's not a crime to go to lunch with journalists."

"Well, I think in the book is very clear what happened," Harry rebutted before a his voice could be heard narrating his memoir.

Harry read: "'We support you,' we said, 'We endorse Camilla,' we said. 'Just please don’t marry her, just be together, Pa.' He didn’t answer. But she answered. Straight away.

"Shortly after our private summits with her, she began to play the long game. A campaign aimed marriage, and eventually the Crown, with Pa’s blessing we presumed."

"Stories began to appear everywhere in all the papers about her private conversation with Willie, stories that contained pinpoint accurate details, none of which had come from Willie, of course," he continued, before appearing to accuse the Queen Consort of planting the stories herself.

He said: "They could only have been leaked by the other one other person present."

Speaking to Tom, Harry went on to deny anything "scathing" about what he wrote in the book as he said: "There's no part of any of the things that I've said are scathing towards any member of my family, especially not my stepmother.

"There are things that have happened that have been incredibly hurtful, um, some in the past, some current."

The Duke then shared his belief that no one is "immune to accountability or taking responsibility," which he said means they are not immune to taking criticism either.

"And you talk about, you know, scrutiny and, you know, my wife and I were scrutinised more than, probably, anybody else. I, I see a lack of scrutiny to my family towards a lot of the things that have happened in the last year," he added.

Harry's interview with Tom Bradby on ITV isn't the only one he's taken part in ahead of the release of his memoir. The Duke is also set to appear in a chat with Anderson Cooper for CBS News, which airs at midnight UK time, and another with Michael Strahan for ABC, which comes out midday on Monday 9 January.


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