Prince Harry blew up a key part of his Oprah Winfrey narrative (2023)

principe harryThe book went into more detail than ever before about the breakup between him, Meghan and William.Kate Middleton- leave a slightly different impressionOprah WinfreyInterview.

Some central themes remain the same in both, including Harry's hatred of the media and his feeling that his family should have done more to help.

However, there are also some notable differences between the two reports about how the royal family's impressions of Meghan have changed over time.

Harry said this to Oprah in reference to a story.the crowns, his and Meghan's tour of Australia in 2018 sparked jealousy in the family, which led to their split. But in the book, he reveals that months before that trip, things were far from perfect behind the scenes.

Prince Harry's story in an interview with Oprah Winfrey

Harry told Oprah in March 2021 that "my dad, my brother, Kate and all the rest of the family were really welcoming to them at first", "but it really changed after the Australian tour, after our tour of Australia. South Pacific ".

"It was also the first time," said the prince, "that the family got to see how amazing she is at work. And it brought back memories."

So youdiscussed a story in The Crownin which Diana aroused Charles's jealousy during a successful tour of Australia.

Harry and Meghan's tour took place in October 2018 and came a month before another big moment in their real timeline, which they've talked about at length.

In November 2018,the daily telegraphbrought up a story suggesting that Meghan brought Kate to tears during a discussion about bridesmaid dresses in the days leading up to Harry and Meghan's wedding. The story later made the cover ofThe sun.

Meghan told Oprah that she was crying, not Kate, and that Kensington Palace should have denied the story. She said that, after a wave of hostile press in January 2019, she told Harry that she was having suicidal thoughts.

Prince Harry blew up a key part of his Oprah Winfrey narrative (1)

"After we got back from our Australian tour," he said. "We talked about when things really started to change when I found out we weren't protected.

"And it was during this part of my pregnancy that I started to understand what our greater reality would be like."

"I mean," he said, "they would go on record and deny the most ridiculous story to anybody, right? I'm talking about things that are super-artificial and inconsequential.

(Video) Prince Harry has blown up a key part of his Oprah Winfrey narrative

"But the narrative of making Kate cry was, I think, the beginning of a real smear. And they knew it wasn't true. And I thought, well, if they're not going to kill stuff like that, then what are we going to do?

Prince Harry's Storyspare part

Nospare partRelations between Harry and Meghan and William and Kate appear to have been strained from the start, but they certainly became an issue in June 2018, a month after Harry and Meghan's wedding and four months before their Australian tour.

By this point, things had gotten so serious that the couple met to discuss their mutual grievances at William and Kate's country home, Anmer Hall.

spare partHe says: "Meg later acknowledged the tension between the four of us and ventured that she might go back to her early days when she joined the family, a misunderstanding that went almost unnoticed.

"Kate thought Meg would want her fashion contacts. But Meg had hers. Maybe they got off on the wrong foot? And then, Meg added, it all got amplified with the wedding and those hellish bridesmaid dresses."

The meeting where Meghan expressed this tension makes it to the media five months before the story about the bridesmaids' dresses.

Kate, Harry writes, said she wanted an apology because before the wedding: "You spoke about my hormones.

spare partShe says: "Meg's eyes widened too. She looked very confused. I'm sorry I brought up your hormones. That's how I talk to my friends.

"Willy pointed at Meg. 'That's rude, Meghan. That's not what they do here in the UK.'

"'Please get your finger out of my face.'"

Harry says that at the end of the meeting, "we all hugged. Sort of."

Clearly, there were pre-existing tensions between the couple that weren't simply due to Meghan and Harry's lack of support in dealing with the hostile media, as she described it to Oprah.

keep reading

  • Prince Harry has been 'taking names' for 17 years in the media wars.
  • Meghan Markle Bullying Leak Wasn't an 'Evil Palace Plot': Royal Perpetrator
  • Hugh Grant takes aim at journalist Prince Harry, whom he criticized in Spare
(Video) Prince Harry's Body Language REVEALED - Inside His Oprah Interview

Harry, Meghan and staff at Kensington Palace

The book also reflects on broader issues relating to the working environment at Kensington Palace and staff relations that arose in advance of the October 2018 tour.

In a segment that appears to have taken place in the summer of 2018, Harry writes: "Our team felt the friction, read the press and there were frequent discussions in the office. The pages were taken. The Cambridge team against the Sussex team. Rivalry, jealousy , conflicting agendas: everything poisoned the environment.

He described how there were "so many lawsuits from the press, so many bugs to resolve, and we didn't have enough people or resources", meaning that, in the end, "nerves were on edge, people were on edge" and "each comment was seen as an affront, as an insult".

spare partsays, “More than once an employee broke down at his desk and cried.
Willy blamed one person for all of this. Mega.

"He told me several times and got mad when I said I was out of line.

It is unclear what Harry means by "press narrative", as stories depicting Meghan as a "difficult duchess" would not reach the UK media until months later in December 2018.

Meghan's coverage, for example, in thedaily mailin the summer of 2018, it included some attacks on Meghan for alleged breaches of royal regulations, but unrelated to relations with the team.

Another major plotline was Thomas Markle's repeated hostile interviews about Meghan, against whom the Duchess had already filed her lawsuit.sunday mailthis led to Harry's family "constantly berating" him for doing something about it.

In other words, although Harry and Meghan haven't told Oprah about it, all these issues came up backstage in the summer of 2018, before the start of the Australian tour, which according to Harry made the family jealous and changed everything.

Prince Harry and Meghan's trip to Australia

The book overlaps with Oprah in her account of the Australian tour and says that Harry began to suspect that his family might turn against her while they were still away.

He wrote, "She was so brilliant that halfway through the tour I felt compelled... to let her know." "You are doing very well, my dear. Very well. You are making things very easy for yourself. That's how it all started... with my mother.

"Maybe I sounded crazy, paranoid. But everyone knew that Mom's situation only got worse as she showed the world, showed her family that she was better at touring, better at connecting with people, better at being 'real' than that he had a right to be, and that's when things really changed.

(Video) BIGGEST BETRAYAL! Oprah's new feud explodes! MEGHAN LIED TO ME TOO!

“We went home with jubilant greetings and jubilant headlines. Meg, the mother-to-be, the impeccable representative of the crown, was celebrated. Not a single negative word was written.

“Changed, we said. It finally changed. But then it changed again. Oh how it changed!

Then came a series of negative stories, including one that called Meghan the "Difficult Duchess".

Prince Harry blew up a key part of his Oprah Winfrey narrative (2)

Harry wrote: 'He is also said to have pressured our assistant to resign; in fact, Palace HR asked this assistant to resign after we showed them evidence that she had traded jobs with Meg for gifts.

“But since we couldn't speak publicly about the reasons behind the mage's departure, the rumors filled the void. In many ways, that was the real start of all the problems. Soon after, the 'Difficult Duchess' story was all over the papers."

Harry seems to put more weight on this story about Meghan's personal assistant, while Meghan's report to Oprah focused mainly on the dispute over the bridesmaids' dresses.

However, the Duke is opening up about this leak and how they had another lucid encounter with William and Kate on December 10, 2018, the day after the 'Difficult Duchess' storyline.

Harry says Kate started by acknowledging: "I know Meghan, I was the one who made you cry", but said the Palace would not correct the record because it would raise questions about what really happened.

The truth, he suggests, "would shame the future queen", so they continued to discuss where she came from.

Harry wrote: "The list of suspects got infinitely short. Finally, Willy sat back and admitted that, uh, while we were on tour in Australia, he and Kate went out to dinner with Dad and Camilla...he said sheepishly, I could having let it go. fight between the two couples...

"I put a hand to my face. Mega froze. A heavy silence fell. So now we know. I said to Willy, 'You more than anyone... should know...' He nodded."

Aggravating Factors in Harry and Meghan's History

Oprah's interview didn't make it clear who the couple thought to leak the story, while now they seem to blame Charles, Camilla, or someone on the King and Queen team.

However, there is a slightly odd dimension that ties into the theme of time and Harry's assertion that jealousy motivated everything to change.

(Video) Oprah Winfrey Reveals New Information From Interview With Prince Harry And Meghan Markle

By Harry's reckoning, Charles and Camilla wouldn't have found out about the dispute before the Australian tour, so it couldn't have leaked from them or their office before then.

So it's not clear why Harry thinks they were more motivated by jealousy than, say, simply shock, due to the Australian tour, when they found out about the incident.

The stories that criticize Meghan make no mention of consort to the King and Queen, so it's unclear why anyone would think this would boost her reputation.

Charles' own standing with the British public seemed to have been enhanced, not undermined, in the heat of Harry and Meghan's marriage.

In November 2017, it was liked by 47% of UK adults and disliked by 43%, giving it a net +4 rating. On November 14, 2018, two weeks before the storyline in which Meghan was accused of making Kate cry, 48% liked and 20% disliked, bringing it to +28.

Harry doesn't seem to delve into possible alternative explanations for the saga, for example that the report was leaked by a member of staff who simply didn't like Harry and Meghan due to the toxic atmosphere that Harry himself described.

Prince Harry blew up a key part of his Oprah Winfrey narrative (3)

This can be done for cynical reasons, seeking revenge, or in good faith, thinking that the media attention might lead to something being done about it.

It would hardly come as a surprise, given the blunt words Harry used to describe the palace's top officials. For example, a co-worker in the book is nicknamed "the wasp" because he was "slender, charming, arrogant".

"Because he seemed so small and reserved," says Spare, "you might be tempted to back off, to hold your own, and that's when he put him on his list."

"I didn't like these men," Harry went on, "and they didn't need me. They thought I was irrelevant at best, stupid at worst. Above all, they knew how I saw them: as usurpers. "

Harry's report to Oprah only makes sense if he doesn't see these other things as a problem, i.e. if the actual split only manifests itself in negative stories about him and Meghan in the media. However, it's hard to believe that the tearful staff would agree with him.

The prince is free to give his version of events, but - after confirming itspare partthat he may have sounded "paranoid" when he first mentioned jealousy; may help readers come up with a more coherent explanation of why family rivalry is the only possible explanation for leaks in an institution made up of people it seems to hate and others it doesn't. I seem to like him a lot too.

Other than that, the public opinion of Harry, Meghan, William and Kate in October 2018 was that they were the "fabulous four" working together in harmony.

(Video) OPRAH BOMBSHELL: Did She Know Meghan & Harry Interview Would Be Explosive?

Nothing was public knowledge about the toxic atmosphere Harry describes at Kensington Palace, the staff crying at their desks or the overt conversations with William and Kate.

Harry and Meghan may have legitimate reasons to object to press reports printed at the time, but they appear (according to the book) to be based on real-life incidents that were not invented by journalists or palace advisers.

And this will be news to a lot of people.


What did Harry say in the interview? ›

In his interview with 60 Minutes host Anderson Cooper on CBS, Harry said Camilla was seen as "the villain" and described her as "dangerous". "She was the villain. She was the third person in their marriage. She needed to rehabilitate her image," he told Cooper.

What did Harry say on 60 minutes? ›

Harry says he's used psychedelics to help cope with grief

Harry says he sought out help from a therapist seven years ago and reveals he's also tried more experimental treatments to try to cope with grief he still feels from his mother's death. "You write in the book about psychedelics," Cooper said.

What did Prince Harry say about Queen camilla? ›

Prince Harry Says Camilla Isn't an 'Evil Stepmother. ' His Memoir Begs to Differ. Camilla and Harry stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on June 13, 2015 in London. In tales of princes and princesses, the trope of the wicked stepmother is timeless.

What did Harry have to give up? ›

Other royals were said to be "hurt" by their decision. Harry remained a Prince, and the couple kept their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles, but are no longer addressed as His/Her Royal Highness (HRH). Harry also gave up his military titles, and therefore did not wear uniform at the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth.

How much did Harry get paid for his book? ›

Harry is rumored to have received a $20 million advance for his latest venture, controversial tell-all Spare, which debuted earlier this month and sold more than 1.4 million copies on its release day, surpassing the 887,000 first-day copies shifted by former President Barack Obama's 2020 memoir to become the fastest- ...

How long is Harry interview? ›

Harry: The Interview is a British television programme that aired on both ITV1 and ITVX on 8 January 2023 to coincide with the release of Prince Harry's autobiography, Spare, which was released on 10 January.
Harry: The Interview
Running time95 minutes
Production companyITN Productions
DistributorITV Studios
9 more rows

What did Harry say in the Chamber of Secrets? ›

Ron and Hermione re-enter the chamber in Harry's seventh year; knowing that Basilisk venom will destroy a Horcrux, and having a Horcrux they need to destroy, Ron, who has twice now heard Harry pronounce the word "open" in Parseltongue, opens the Chamber by imitating the sound of the word.

Does Prince Harry still get money? ›

The royal set up a $10 million (after taxes) trust fund for Prince William and Prince Harry, who started receiving dividends at age 25. Forbes estimated the annual checks to be worth around $450,000.

What did Prince Harry say to Prince William? ›

William allegedly called Markle “difficult,” “rude,” and “abrasive,” to which Harry replied that his older brother was parroting false media narratives. Harry accused his brother of “acting like an heir,” and the two exchanged insults.

What was the royal family response to Harry and Meghan? ›

In the wake of Harry and Meghan's 2021 Oprah interview, Buckingham Palace issued a brief statement on behalf of the Queen saying she was “saddened” to hear of the couple's struggles and they were particularly concerned by allegations of racism.

Why is Harry upset with Camilla? ›

LONDON -- LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has accused his stepmother, Camilla, the queen consort, of leaking private conversations to the media to burnish her own reputation as he promotes a new book that lays bare his story of his life behind palace walls.

Why were Camilla and Charles not allowed to marry? ›

Though it seems almost comically old fashioned now, the fact that Camilla had a dating history was a major strike against her. "The conventions of the time called for the heir to the British throne to marry a woman who at least appeared to be virginal," writes Bedell Smith.

What did Harry say about Princess Kate? ›

Harry speculates that Kate was “on edge,” as she was now “going to be compared to, and forced to compete with, Meg.”

What is the main message of Harry? ›

Never give up. Harry taught us to never give up. He destroyed the horcrux within himself, and then came back from the dead to kill Voldemort. Harry endured so much in the series, and he persevered through all of it.

Who betrayed Harry? ›

To save her, Xenophilius betrayed Harry Potter to Death Eaters; but Harry, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley managed to escape. He was temporarily imprisoned in Azkaban by the Death Eaters.

Is Harry a half blood? ›

Harry himself is a half-blood, since his pure-blood father, James, married a Muggle-born witch named Lily, and his maternal grandparents were Muggles.

Does Prince William get a salary? ›

Back when he worked with the Royal Air Force, William earned a salary of $73,000 a year. Nowadays one of his main sources of income is via the Duchy of Cornwall, which made profits of $26 million in 2020 and $24 million in 2021.

How much is Prince Harry worth right now? ›

Fast forward almost three years later, Prince Harry's quest to be financially independent of his family has been royally successful. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Prince Harry's net worth is estimated at $60 million thanks to mega million dollar book deals as well as partnerships with Netflix and other brands.

How much money do Harry and Meghan have? ›

There's no officially recognized figure for what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are worth in 2022. Business Insider reported in 2020 that the couple were worth at least $30 million, citing 2018 estimates from, which were made before the couple inked their Netflix deal.

How long can Harry stay USA? ›

Prince Harry's Immigration Status

There is a lot of speculation surrounding Prince Harry's current immigration status. He has stayed too long to be on a B-2 visitor's visa or through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), through which a traveler cannot stay in the U.S. for more than 90 days.

Who is Harry talking about in the interview? ›

Prince Harry recalled the night he learned of his mother's tragic death in haunting detail. The interview opened with audio of Prince Harry reading an excerpt from his memoir, in which he recounts his father, then the Prince of Wales, coming into his room at Balmoral to break the news of his mother's death in 1997.

How long did Harry serve? ›

The Duke of Sussex spent 10 years in the army

We spoke to a psychologist and trauma expert about how Prince Harry's time in the army impacted him, and how it could affect his parenting style. Prince Harry served in the army for 10 years, undertaking two tours of Afghanistan, during which he said he killed 25 soldiers.

Is Ginny the heir of Slytherin? ›

We also meet Tom Riddle, who is, as it turns out, the heir of Slytherin. Present only in spirit, he has all the same been controlling Ginny, and having her act as Slytherin's heir. We also meet the Monster of the Chamber, a basilisk.

Why does Harry have the snitch? ›

Harry was bequeathed a gift from Dumbledore too: the first Snitch he ever caught as Gryffindor's Seeker. Well, 'swallowed' rather than caught, really. It was engraved with the words 'I open at the close', which mystified Harry throughout most of the book, and only sprang to life right at the very end.

Why do they keep calling Harry a half blood? ›

Print. Harry James Potter holds half-blood status in Rowling's imagined wizarding world because his mother is Muggle-born and his father is pure-blood.

What did Harry and Meghan say in their interview with Oprah? ›

In the interview with Winfrey, which was the first Harry and Meghan gave after stepping away from royal duties the year before, the couple discussed a range of topics including their treatment in the press, Meghan's thoughts about suicide while she was in the royal family, and a miscarriage.

What did Prince Harry say about the Queen in Oprah interview? ›

Harry and Meghan Get Along With the Queen Just Fine

I've never blindsided my grandmother,” Harry told Oprah. “I have too much respect for her [to do so].” Harry confirmed that he and Meghan are still in touch with Queen Elizabeth, adding that he has spoken to her more in the past year than ever before.

What did Meghan say in her Oprah interview? ›

Meghan and Harry interview: Key quotes from bombshell sit-down with Oprah. In the high-profile interview that is sure to have shocked the Royal Family, Meghan and Harry revealed all to Oprah Winfrey about why they left the UK, the racism they suffered and how they were silenced.

What was the Queens response to Meghan and Harry's interview? ›

"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately," she added. "Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

How did the royal family react to the Oprah interview? ›

"The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning," the statement read. "While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

What did Prince Harry say about the Queen today? ›

"She was globally admired and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy.

Did Harry and Meghan watch the concert with the Queen? ›

Paul's, they were not in attendance at the spectacle. Instead the couple spent the day privately. In addition to the Jubilee, today is a special milestone specifically for the Sussexes: their only daughter Lili is turning one.

Did the palace respond to Harry and Meghan? ›

In the wake of Harry and Meghan's 2021 Oprah interview, Buckingham Palace issued a brief statement on behalf of the Queen saying she was “saddened” to hear of the couple's struggles and they were particularly concerned by allegations of racism.


1. CBC News: The National | Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview; Vaccine optimism | March 7, 2021
(CBC News: The National)
2. NOT WELCOMED! Tyler Perry Blocked MEG's Number & Casted OPRAH For Main Role In His New Movie
3. Prince Harry: The 60 Minutes Interview
(60 Minutes)
4. Meghan Markle 'blowing through' small fortune after marrying 'pauper prince'
(Taxi urgent)
5. 7 More Lies Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Said On Oprah
(Scandalous Media ☕️)
(British Royal News)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Lidia Grady

Last Updated: 03/23/2023

Views: 5888

Rating: 4.4 / 5 (45 voted)

Reviews: 84% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Lidia Grady

Birthday: 1992-01-22

Address: Suite 493 356 Dale Fall, New Wanda, RI 52485

Phone: +29914464387516

Job: Customer Engineer

Hobby: Cryptography, Writing, Dowsing, Stand-up comedy, Calligraphy, Web surfing, Ghost hunting

Introduction: My name is Lidia Grady, I am a thankful, fine, glamorous, lucky, lively, pleasant, shiny person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.