A new year, a new grudge. Or, at least, a new expression of an old one, which is pretty much all that we’ve heard from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex over the past few years.
Yet after the interminable six hours of score-settling that Netflix punished us with last month in the form of Harry and Meghan, the forthcoming publication of Prince Harry’s hugely anticipated (in some circles, anyway) memoir Spare is being promoted with two major interviews, one in Britain and one in the United States. Based on the previews that have been released, they promise to be every bit as attention-grabbing – or attention-seeking – as everything else that Harry has been involved with recently.
The British interview is being conducted with ITV’s Tom Bradby; the only broadcast journalist in this country, it would appear, who Harry trusts, because he and his brother developed a friendship with him in the nineties. In the brief, twenty-second preview that has been released – the full 90-minute show will be shown on Sunday evening – there is nevertheless a wealth of talking points.
Harry states ‘it never needed to be this way’ at the outset – a statement heroic in its understatement – and then the usual notes are hit, with added vitriol. ‘I want a family, not an institution’, he says gruffly, as he complains that ‘the Firm’ has shown ‘absolutely no willingness to reconcile’. Then there is a concluding hint at who his major targets will be. ‘I would like to get my father back…I would like to get my brother back.’ And no doubt we shall learn in a few days what dark forces are preventing such a thing from taking place.
The American show, in which the Duke is interviewed by Anderson Cooper, host of 60 Minutes on CBS, promises to tread similar territory.