Prince Harry says Britain’s royals have gone to bed with the ‘devil’ of tabloids

Prince Harry has said he has made his rifts with the British royal family public and has faced the press to try to help the monarchy and transform the media, the latter of which his father King Charles has described as a “suicidal mission”.

In the first of a series of television interviews that aired on Sunday before the release of his memoir, Harry accused members of his family of sleeping with the devil – the tabloids – in order to sully him and his wife Meghan in order to bolster their own reputations to enhance .

He told Britain’s ITV he fled the UK with his family for California in 2020 “fearing for our lives” and said he no longer recognized his father or his older brother Prince William, heir to the throne.

“After many, many years of telling lies about me and my family, there comes a point when, going back to the relationship between certain family members and the tabloids, those certain members have decided to go to bed with the devil … to rehabilitate their image,” he said. “The moment that rehabilitation comes at the expense of others, me, other members of my family, then I draw the line.”

On Thursday, Harry’s book ‘Spare’ went on sale by mistake five days before its official release in Spain and contained not only deeply personal details about losing his virginity and using illegal drugs, but also more intimate private instances of family disharmony.

His older brother had knocked him over in a fight, and both siblings begged their father not to marry his second wife Camilla, now the Queen Consort, the book says.

Commentators say the book has plunged the monarchy into the biggest crisis since the royal soap opera days of the 1990s, when Charles’ marriage to his late first wife Princess Diana, mother of William and Harry, fell apart.

This all happens just four months after the death of Queen Elizabeth and the accession of Charles to the throne.

In the ITV interview, Harry reiterated and detailed allegations he and Meghan had made since stepping down from royal duties; that the royals and their aides not only failed to protect them from a hostile and sometimes racist press, but actively leaked stories about them through anonymous sources.

“The saddest thing is that certain members of my family and the people who work for them are complicit in this conflict,” he said, noting that both Charles and Camilla were included.

So far, there has been no comment from Buckingham Palace. Harry said he didn’t think his father or brother would read his book.

An unnamed friend of William’s told the Sunday Times that the Prince of Wales was “burning with anger” but would not respond “for the good of his family and the country”.

Harry told ITV he wanted a reconciliation with his family members but said they had shown no interest, leaving the impression it was better to keep him and Meghan as villains.

“I really believe and I hope that the reconciliation between my family and us will have a ripple effect around the world. Maybe that’s haughty, maybe that’s naive,” he said.

Harry said in an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes that aired later Sunday that the ball was with his family to heal the fracture.

“It all started with them lying against my wife on a daily basis, to the point where my wife and I had to flee our country — my country,” he said.

Harry also told ITV he hoped his flurry of legal action against newspapers would help transform the media, saying they were “at the epicenter of so many problems across the UK”.

“My father told me it was probably a suicide squad to try and change the press,” he said.

Harry told 60 Minutes that what Meghan was going through with the press was in some ways similar to what Camilla and William’s wife Kate were going through, but that the circumstances were very different.

“The fact that she was American, actress, divorced, black, multiracial with a black mother. Those were just four of the typical stereotypes, that is – becoming a frenzy for the British press,” he said.

Polls suggest many Britons are growing bored with the whole royal melodrama, and further revelations are unlikely to shake their views, whether sympathetic to Harry and Meghan or to those who criticize them.

“I love my father. i love my brother I love my family. I will always do that .

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