60 Minutes’ Interview With Prince Harry: During an Anderson Cooper interview for 60 Minutes, Prince Harry made his debut appearance on American television and discussed his upcoming biography, “Spare.” These were a few of the revelations they debated.
When Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, died in a car accident in Paris when he was 12 years old. Harry and other royal family visited Balmoral Castle in Scotland in August 1997. Harry wrote about the time his father, Prince Charles, roused him up to tell him what had happened in his book.
“In the book, you write, ‘He says, “They tried, darling boy. I’m afraid she didn’t make it.” These phrases remain in my mind like darts on a board,’ you say,” Cooper said. “Did you cry?”
“No. No. Never shed a single tear at that point,” Harry said. “I was in shock, you know? Twelve years old. Sort of— 7, 7:30 in the morning, early. Your father comes in, sits on your bed, puts his hand on your knee, and tells you, ‘There’s been an accident.’ I couldn’t believe it.”
“You write in the book,” Cooper said, “‘Pa didn’t hug me. He wasn’t great at showing emotions under normal circumstances. But his hand fell again on my knee, and he said, ‘It’s going to be OK.’ But after that, nothing was OK for a long time.'”
“No, nothing, nothing was OK,” Harry said.
In “Spare,” Harry describes his feelings in the days and years following his mother’s passing, Princess Diana, in 1997. He explained to Cooper that he didn’t think Diana had passed away.
Harry remarked, “For a very long period, I just refused to believe that she was—that she was gone. She would never do this to us, in part, but perhaps there is a purpose behind it all.
“You believed,” Cooper asked, “that maybe she had just decided to disappear for a time?”
Harry, 12 years old when his mother passed away, stated, “For a time, and then that she would call us and that we would go and join her, sure.
Harry claims he started seeing a therapist seven years ago and admits he has also explored more cutting-edge therapies to deal with the sadness he still feels over the loss of his mother.
Cooper remarked, “You discuss psychedelics in the book. “Psilocybin, ayahuasca, and mushrooms. You genuinely gave them value.”
Harry remarked that I would never advise somebody to engage in this activity recreationally. But if you do it correctly and with the appropriate people, these things can act as medication if you are experiencing a great deal of loss, grief, or trauma.
Cooper enquired, “They showed you something.” What did they present to you?
“For me, they cleared the windscreen, the windshield, the misery of loss,” Harry said. “They cleared away this idea that I had in my head that— that my mother— that I needed to cry to prove to my mother that I missed her. All she wanted was for me to be happy.”
When the palace revealed that Queen Elizabeth II was receiving medical care in Scotland’s Balmoral Castle in September of last year, Prince Harry was in London for a charitable event.
“I asked my brother— I said, ‘What are your plans? How are you and Kate getting up there?’ And then, a couple of hours later, you know, all of the family members that live within the Windsor and Ascot area were jumping on a plane together,” Harry said. “A plane with 12, 14, maybe 16 seats.”
“You were not invited on that plane?” Cooper asked.
“I was not invited,” Harry said.
The queen had passed away when Harry arrived at Balmoral on his own.
Harry claims that his father liked Meghan Markle at first when he first introduced her to his family in 2016. But Prince William, his brother, expressed skepticism.
Harry revealed to Cooper that the rest of the family was similarly uneasy.
Harry responded, “Right from the start, before they had a chance to get to know her. “And the British media seized on that. Now, look at us.”
The most critical part of his book is probably how Prince Harry describes his stepmother Camilla, who is currently the Queen’s Consort. Even though the two had been romantically involved for years, she married the then-Prince Charles in 2005. Prince Harry has not forgotten that Camilla was referred to as the “third person” in Princess Diana’s marriage.
Harry informed Cooper that she was referred to in the press as “the villain.” “In their union, she was the third spouse. She needed to improve her reputation.”
“You and your brother requested that your father not wed Camilla?” Cooper enquired.
“Yes,” Harry said. “We didn’t think it was necessary. We thought that it was gonna cause more harm than good, and if he was now with his person, that— surely that’s enough. Why go that far when you don’t necessarily need to? We wanted him to be happy. And we saw how happy he was with her. So, at the time, it was, ‘OK.'”
“I believe it was a result of his frustration building up. It happened when he was being informed specific information by staff members in his office, “explained Harry. “Additionally, he was reading a lot of tabloid news stories at the same time. Additionally, he had a few difficulties that had no basis in reality. I was defending my wife.
He was headed straight for my wife. She knew what he was saying even though she wasn’t present. I was putting up a fight. Then, from one area, we moved into the kitchen. And as time went on, his irritation level continued to rise. At me, he was shouting. I was responding to his shouts. It was unpleasant. It was certainly not enjoyable. And he lost it. He then knocked me to the ground.”
“He knocked you over?” Cooper asked.
“He knocked me over. I landed on the dog bowl,” Harry said. “I cut my back. I didn’t know about it at the time. But, yeah, he– he apologized afterward. It was a pretty bad experience.”
While growing up, Harry and William gave the impression that they were always together, but the two have led different lifestyles ever since their mother passed away.
Cooper remarked to Harry, “Even when you were at the same high school, your brother instructed you, ‘Pretend we don’t know each other.'”
“Yes, and it stung at the moment. It was incomprehensible to me. I was curious as to what you meant. Now since we attend the same school,” said Harry. “Something along the lines of, “I haven’t seen you in forever, now we get to hang together.”
He responds, “No, no, no, we don’t know each other at school.” I found that to be very hurtful. But you are entirely correct; you have hit the mark. We went through a horrific event that was highly similar to one another, but we handled it in two completely different ways.”
Buckingham Palace was contacted by 60 Minutes for comment. Representatives from the palace insisted that we give them access to our piece before it was broadcast, something 60 Minutes does not do.