Prince Harry promotes explosive autobiography Spare in ‘revealing’ interview with CBS News’ 60 Minutes host Anderson Cooper set to be aired on Sunday two days before his book is released
- Harry discussed upcoming memoir with Anderson Cooper on CBSs’ 60 Minutes
- The US broadcaster today released a short trailer for the interview on Sunday
- Spare expected to give details about disagreements between Harry and William
The Duke of Sussex will promote his explosive autobiography Spare in a ‘revealing’ interview with CBS News’ 60 Minutes host Anderson Cooper, it emerged today.
The network has released a short trailer for the interview, which will air just two days before the book is released.
While it does not provide audio of Harry speaking, at one point the prince is seen with a plaintive expression while gesticulating to emphasise a point.
Spare is expected to give details about disagreements between Harry, 38, and his brother the Prince of Wales, 40.
Harry discussed his upcoming memoir, Spare, during a conversation with Anderson Cooper on CBS News’ 60 Minutes programme
Harry with Cooper in a trailer that was released by the American network this morning
This comes after the duke claimed in his Netflix documentary that William broke a promise to him never to leak stories or brief against one another after witnessing the fallout of such actions in their father’s office.
Mr Cooper, 55 – who is also a star of the CNN network – has campaigned to promote better mental health and hosts a podcast called All There Is. He has spoken about losing his brother Carter to suicide.
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The 23-year-old fell to his death from the family’s 14th-floor Manhattan apartment in 1988. Mr Cooper also has war experience, having reported from Afghanistan, where Harry completed two tours of duty.
A television source said: ‘Mr Cooper has won Harry’s trust. This would be a coup for Mr Cooper and fits well with Harry’s campaign to promote mental health. It is a prime-time Sunday show which hosts foreign leaders and presidents.
It’s the one that all the politicians and decision-makers watch.’ Recently 60 Minutes featured exclusive interviews with US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.
In 2020 Mr Cooper interviewed Afua Hirsch, the British author and former Guardian journalist who features in the Sussexes’ Netflix programme, and who made a damning verdict on the Commonwealth as ‘Empire 2.0’.
In the discussion with Mr Cooper after Harry and Meghan announced they were leaving their Royal duties, Ms Hirsch described the Royal Family as ‘Ground Zero for Britain’s troubled history of colonialism and race’.
She added that she was ‘always concerned about Meghan Markle’s wellbeing’ when joining the Royal family. Appearing sympathetic to the couple’s plight, Mr Cooper told Ms Hirsch: ‘The notion of being hounded by the press is going to have such strange, weird echoes for Prince Harry given what happened to his mom.’
Mr Cooper has also joked about getting a wave from Prince Harry during his wedding to Meghan in May 2018. He told viewers: ‘I was at the Royal Wedding, covering it for CNN.
‘Our correspondent Max Foster said, “You should wave at Harry because Harry is going to look up at the bright lights and I bet he’ll wave at you.” The carriage makes a turn. I start waving. Harry looks up at the tower, we make eye contact and he waves. I almost died.’
Harry is not heard speaking in the trailer for the interview, which is said to be ‘revealing’
Spare is expected to give details about disagreements between Harry, 38, and his brother the Prince of Wales, 40
Harry is also understood to have already recorded a TV interview about his biography with ITV News at Ten’s Tom Bradby, according to The Sun.
Mr Bradby, a former royal correspondent for ITV, is a friend of the Sussexes and previously interviewed them for a documentary about their 2019 Africa tour.
Prince Harry’s highly anticipated memoir will be entitled ‘Spare’ and is set to be released on January 10, publisher Penguin Random House confirmed
Harry’s upcoming autobiography is said to be so cutting of his brother William that the pair may not be able to reconcile their differences following its release on January 10.
Spare will reportedly see King Charles III escape severe criticism.
But it is so tough on the Prince of Wales that insiders fear the sibling relationship, which has been strained considerably since Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were relinquishing their royal duties, will not recover.
A source told the Sunday Times: ‘Generally, I think the book [will be] worse for them than the Royal Family is expecting.
‘Everything is laid bare. Charles comes out of it better than it had expected, but it’s tough on William, in particular, and even Kate gets a bit of a broadside.
‘There are these minute details, and a description of the fight between the brothers. I personally can’t see how Harry and William will be able to reconcile after this.’
Prince Harry’s book, Spare, is due to be released on Tuesday, January 10
Harry’s tell-all tale was written with JR Moehringer, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist who previously penned the biography of US tennis star Andre Agassi.
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The Duke of Sussex will personally narrate the audiobook version of the memoir and will donate some of the work’s proceeds to charity.
The book will be published just weeks after he and his wife Meghan released their Netflix series detailing their relationship and split from the royal family, while reports have emerged that Meghan is also planning to publish her own bombshell memoir.
According to one source, the Duchess of Sussex ‘is contemplating getting entirely candid about her time in the Royal limelight… and leaving no stone unturned’.
In 2021 the couple reportedly signed a four-book deal with publishers Penguin Random House.
Prince Harry is said to have received a $20 million advance for Spare.
Meghan has already released her children’s book The Bench with the same publisher, and it is rumoured that the couple are working on a ‘wellness’ book.
Now it is believed the mystery fourth book will be Meghan’s autobiography.
A bestselling memoir would put Meghan in a well-trodden American political tradition, amid much speculation that she may have ambitions for elected office, given her outspoken views on women’s rights and other issues.
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A Hollywood agent told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I would find it surprising if Meghan didn’t publish her own story, to be honest. Spare is clearly Prince Harry’s chance to tell his, but hers is equally compelling. I mean, how many actresses end up marrying a Prince?’
The source added: ‘If she’s harbouring political ambitions it would make even more sense,’ pointing out that Presidents Clinton, Obama and Trump all wrote books setting out their beliefs before launching bids for the White House.
The Duchess, a Democrat, has become close to America’s ‘political royalty’, the Kennedy family, and was honoured last month alongside her husband with an award from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights non-profit organisation.
The organisation’s leader Kerry Kennedy – niece of former US president John F. Kennedy – said the Sussexes received the award for their stand against ‘structural racism’ within the Royal Family.
Meghan is also good friends with feminist icon Gloria Steinem who is still closely involved in liberal politics. A friend of Ms Steinem’s said: ‘Meghan has strong views very much in alignment with Gloria’s in terms of social justice and women’s rights. Gloria is encouraging her to make her voice heard.’
But some have warned that the Sussexes may be in danger of overexposure.
A bestselling memoir would put Meghan in a well-trodden American political tradition, amid much speculation that she may have ambitions for elected office, given her outspoken views on women’s rights and other issues
A Hollywood agent told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I would find it surprising if Meghan didn’t publish her own story, to be honest. Spare is clearly Prince Harry’s chance to tell his, but hers is equally compelling. I mean, how many actresses end up marrying a prince?’
The agent added: ‘If she’s harbouring political ambitions it would make even more sense,’ the source added, pointing out that Presidents Clinton, Obama and Trump all wrote books setting out their beliefs before launching White House bids’
One senior Hollywood executive said: ‘We’ve had the Oprah Winfrey interview, then the Netflix series and now we’ve got Harry’s book. You have to ask if the world really needs to hear Meghan’s story right now? If I was advising her I would caution against releasing a book too quickly because there is a very real danger that people will start experiencing ‘Sussex fatigue’.
‘There comes a point where people might feel they’ve heard the same stories too many times. They have to change the narrative at some stage and focus on the future rather than past transgressions.’
Meanwhile, Harry’s book has been billed as being written with ‘raw, unflinching honesty’.
The Duke is set to launch a publicity blitz next Sunday with an interview on America’s flagship 60 Minutes show.
He will also be interviewed by ITV’s Tom Bradby in the UK.
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