12 jaw-dropping revelations from Harrys explosive Tom Bradby interview

After all the leaks from Prince Harry's explosive memoir Spare, Royal fans might think they've heard everything he has to say.

But as the Duke of Sussex sat down with journalist Tom Bradby for a tell-all chat on Sunday night, the jaw-dropping revelations came thick and fast.

As well as expanding on the excerpts already leaked from his autobiography, which lands on shelves on Tuesday, Harry opened up in detail about his relationship with Prince William, 40, gave insight into life as the son of King Charles, 75, as well as the tragic death of his mother Princess Diana in 1997.

Here, we take a look at the key revelations from Harry: The Interview.

Harry saw secret government files containing photos of dying Diana

The first part of Harry's interview saw him and Tom discuss the death of his beloved mother Princess Diana, who passed away in 1997 following a fatal car crash in Paris.

Harry, who was just 12 years old at the time of his mother's death, revealed in his memoir that he demanded to see "the secret government file" which contained harrowing photographs of Diana's death.

Explaining why he wanted to see the file, Harry explained to Tom: "I'd heard people talking about there being photographs. By this point, I was starting to understand the involvement of the paparazzi chasing her."

Explaining what the photographs showed, the Duke continued: "I saw the back of her blonde hair, you know, slumped on the back of the seat."

But, he adds, he equerry Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton removed the more graphic photos showing Diana's "face and blood."

While he is grateful for that now, Harry says he wanted proof that his mother was actually dead.

"I was looking for evidence that it actually happened, that it was true. But I was also looking for something to hurt, because at that point I was still pretty numb to the whole thing."

William also asked to be driven through tunnel where Diana died

Harry revealed that William also asked to be driven through the tunnel in Paris where their mother Diana died in 1997, in order to understand more about the circumstances that led to her tragic death.

He revealed that William had asked without him knowing, and Harry eventually drove through the tunnel in his twenties when visiting the city for the rugby World Cup.

In Spare, Harry recalls his visit to the tunnel. He writes: "Then we came to the mouth of the tunnel. We zipped ahead, went over the lip of the tunnel’s entrance, the bump that supposedly sent mummy’s Mercedes veering off course. But the lip was nothing, we barely felt it.

"As the car entered the tunnel I leaned forward, watched the light change to a kind of watery orange, watched the concrete pillars flicker past. Fphfff, Fphfff Fphfff. I counted them, counted my heart-beats and in a few seconds, we emerged from the other side."

Harry adds in the book: "I sat back. Quietly I said, 'Is that all of it? It’s nothing, just a straight tunnel.' 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."

Charles ‘wasn’t quite cut out for parenthood’

Harry opened up about his relationship with his father Charles during his interview with Tom, who pointed out that in Spare, Harry is keen to make sure readers know how much he loves his dad.

In Spare, Harry reveals he felt Charles, 74, wasn't "quite ready for parenthood" and goes on to recall a conversation where Charles acknowledged Harry had been struggling with his mental health.

"He’d always given an air of not being quite ready for parenthood: the responsibilities, the patience, the time. Even he, though a proud man, would have admitted as much. But single-parenthood? Pa was never made for that. To be fair, he tried," the Duke writes in Spare.

Recalling the dinner at Highgrove, Harry adds: "Over dinner one night at Highgrove, Pa and I spoke at some length about what I’d been suffering.

"I gave him the particulars, told him story after story. Towards the end of the meal he looked down at his plate and said softly: 'I suppose it’s my fault. I should have got you the help you needed years ago'. I assured him that it wasn’t his fault, but I appreciated the apology."

William ‘didn’t want to know Harry’ at Eton

Despite appearing to be super close until recent years, Harry admitted there was a huge "sibling rivalry" between him and older brother William. The dad-of-two claimed William "didn't want to know" him when they were both studying at Eton.

Harry told Tom: "Like, sorry, okay, for instance I talk about the relationship between William and myself at Eton. And the fact that he didn’t really want to know me, and you know, as the younger brother that sucks."

He went on to add: "It's like ‘Come on, like you left me at Ludgrove and now I'm here at Eton, like hey let’s – now we're at the same school, let’s go’. Um, and he didn’t want anything to do with me. And that hurt at the time."

William and Kate's 'stereotyping of Meghan stopped them welcoming her in'

Harry has discussed his brother and sister-in-law's initial reaction to Meghan Markle, revealing that he feels stereotyping stopped them from welcoming her into the family fold.

Sharing his thoughts on the situation, he told Tom: "But um yeah, I think – I don’t think they were ever expecting me to get – or to become – to get into a relationship with – with someone like Meghan who had, you know, a very successful career."

When the journalist asked him what he meant, Harry then responded: |There was a lot of stereotyping that was happening, that I was guilty of as well, at the beginning. American actress, right, um and that was playing out in the British press in the media at the time as well.

"So you know, the fact that I had that in the back of my mind, and some of the things that my brother and sister-in-law – some of the way that they were acting or behaving definitely felt to me as though unfortunately that stereotyping was causing a bit of a barrier to them really sort of, you know, introducing or welcoming her in."

Meghan and Kate didn't get on 'from the get-go'

While Kate and William are huge fans of hit series Suits, which Meghan starred in, it appears Kate didn't get on with her sister-in-law from "the get go".

Tom quizzed Harry about the relationship between Kate, Meghan and William, and said: "But the impression is that – that they just – there's almost from the get-go it's just they don’t get on. Fair?"

Appearing to agree that they didn't get along, Harry responded: "Yeah, fair," before going on to delve into the potential reasons why things didn't work out between the four of them.

Harry defends 'invading his family's privacy without permission'

Tom quizzed Harry about 'invading' his family's privacy with his new book and interviews, with the Duke defending his actions.

Tom asked the prince: "They're gonna be sitting there reeling at this level of personal disclosure aren't they, and that – and that will make some people angry. We have to be honest about that.

"And some people will say you have railed against invasions of your privacy all your life, the – the accusation will be here are you invading the privacy of your most nearest and dearest without permission, that’ll be the accusation, right?"

Harry then defended himself, responding: "That’ll be the accusation from the people that don’t understand, or haven’t – or don’t want to believe that my family have been briefing the press solidly for well over a decade. So, I'm sorry that me owning my story and being able to tell my own story is upsetting to some people.

"But I have to rely on the truth, and I have done everything humanly possible in private for it not to get to this stage, but now I get to tell my story and as I said none of this is intentionally to harm anyone in my family."

William told Harry he loved him – but was rejected

In his memoir Spare, Harry recalls a tense conversation with his brother William following their grandfather Prince Philip's funeral in 2021.

The siblings were attempting to settle their differences, and during the disagreement William told Harry he loved him but his younger sibling rejected him.

"I pulled away, refused to meet his gaze. He forced me to look into his eyes, ‘Listen to me Harold, listen, I love you Harold, I want you to be happy’, the words flew out of my mouth, ‘I love you too, but your stubbornness is extraordinary’, ‘And yours isn't?’ I pulled away again," Harry recalls in his book.

William then used "the secret code", leaving both Harry and dad Charles stunned.

"He grabbed me again, twisting me to maintain eye contact. ‘Harold you must listen to me, I just want you to be happy, Harold, I swear, I swear on mummy’s life’. He stopped. I stopped. Pa stopped.

"He'd gone there, he'd used the secret code, the universal password, ever since we were boys those three words were to be used only in times of extreme crisis, ‘on mummy’s life’. For nearly 25 years we’d reserved that soul crushing vow for times when one of us needed to be heard, to be believed quickly, for times when nothing else would do."

Harry added: "It stopped me cold, as it was meant to. Not because he'd used it, but because it didn’t work."

Harry's beard was a 'shield to my anxiety'

Harry admitted he had to ask the Queen for permission to keep his beard for his wedding day to Meghan in 2018, and explained that it acted as a "shield" to his anxiety.

He added that his brother had to shave his off, as ordered by the Queen, but he reasoned with Her Majesty as his beard "felt to me at the time like the new Harry".

Harry said to Tom: "As almost like a shield to my anxiety. That was –that was the time of my life when – when I – you know,when I – when I grew my beard. Um, and I think William found it hard that other people told him to shave it off, and yet here I was on my wedding day wearing military uniform, no longer in the military, um, but thinking as though I – believing as though I should shave it off before my wedding day.

"And I said ‘Well I don’t believe that Meghan’s gonna recognise me if she comes up the aisle and sees me beardless’."

Sharing how significant his beard is to him, Harry added: "Um, and I would feel very, very different without my beard, and that’s hard for people to understand who’ve never grown a beard, um, but hopefully those beard people out there will go ‘Yeah, no, I fully get that, I can understand’."

Harry shocked that he appears 'scathing' towards Camilla in Spare

Harry denied every being 'scathing' towards his step mother Camilla, 75, who married his father Charles in 2005.

He told Tom: "There's no part of any of the things that I've said are scathing towards any member of my family, especially not my stepmother. There are things that have happened that have been incredibly hurtful, um, some in the past, some current."

In his book, he discusses Charles' relationship with Camilla, admitting that he and William asked their dad not to marry her and instead "just be together".

However, he claims that shortly after the conversation, Camilla "began to play the long game", launching a "campaign aimed at marriage and eventually the Crown".

Harry insists Lady Susan Hussey 'meant no harm' to Ngozi Fulani

In December 2022, Lady Susan Hussey stepped down from her honorary role as one of three Ladies of the Household after Ngozi Fulani, a prominent black advocate for survivors of domestic abuse, revealed that she was repeatedly asked by a member of the Buckingham Palace household about her heritage while attending the Queen Consort's reception.

Ngozi, chief executive of Sistah Space, posted on Twitter how the late Queen's friend touched her hair and asked her where "in Africa she comes from". Less than 24 hours later, the Palace confirmed Lady Hussey had resigned from her role following the remarks.

Harry shared his thoughts on Lady Hussey's resignation and alleged comments towards Ngozi, revealing that she meant "no harm" and the response from the press was "horrendous".

He said: "And I also know that what she meant – she never meant any harm at all. But the response from the British press, and from people online because of the stories that they wrote was horrendous. Was absolutely horrendous the response."

Harry insists Meghan 'loves' Lady Susan Hussey

The Duke also revealed that he and Meghan "love" Lady Hussey, and he was happy to see Ngozi head to the palace to attempt to "reconcile" with her in December.

"And, you know, all we've ever asked for in the last – certainly the last few – few years is some accountability. And I'm very happy for Ngozi Fulani to be invited into the palace to sit down with Lady Susan Hussey um, and to reconcile, because Meghan and I love Susan Hussey. She thinks she's great," Harry said.


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