Prince Harry kicked off the promo tour for his memoir Spare in earnest on Sunday, with a pair of interviews either side of the pond. One with Vanderbilt scion Anderson Cooper on CBS’s 60 Minutes and his old chum Tom Bradby on ITV in Britain.
What did we learn from the Bradby chat? Well, we got a little more insight into Harry’s curious thinking when it comes to racism.
Harry defended, for instance, the recently disgraced Lady Susan Hussey as ‘not meaning harm’ by asking where somebody was from. Yet an unknown family member wondering what skin tone Archie had revealed a troubling ‘unconscious bias’. Such inconsistency is now so present in the ramblings of Meghan and Harry that it deserves its own royal title: Sussex Syndrome.
The interview began with Harry recounting the tragic death of his mother. He recounted how in later years he returned to the scene of the car accident in Paris, and asked to be driven through it at the same speed as Diana was in 1997.
‘I’d always imagined the tunnel was some treacherous passageway, inherently dangerous but it was just a short, simple, no-frills tunnel. No reason anyone should ever die inside it,’ he said. He and his gentle interviewer didn’t exactly dwell on the fact that the driver of the car was drunk. Harry mentioned something about ‘a drink’, but that was it.
Bradby walked on eggshells throughout. Anytime he attempted to push back on the prince’s claims, Harry’s annoyance became painful and they breezed on. This is Harry’s truth and you will not question it.
In fairness to Bradby, he did try to drag Harry out of his therapy-induced trance. When questioned about his cocaine use, Tom dared to suggest there may be a public interest defense in the British tabloids reporting on the third-in-line sniffing cocaine in a country manor.
Harry didn’t answer, instead insisting that the public interest should be focused on the sinister relationship between palace and press.