Prince Harry is speaking openly about his feelings for Queen Consort Camilla.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, spoke with Anderson Cooper for “60 Minutes” on Sunday about Harry’s memoir “Spare.”
After their mother, Princess Diana, died, Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, asked their father not to marry Camilla, the woman he had an affair with on and off for decades.
The tabloids portrayed Camilla as “the villain,” Harry told Cooper.
“She was the third person in their marriage. She needed to rehabilitate her image.”
Cooper mentioned in his book that after Princess Diana died, Camilla launched a campaign in the British press to pave the way for her marriage to Charles.
Quoting “Spare,” Cooper said:
“I even wanted Camilla to be happy. Maybe she’d be less dangerous if she was happy.”
Camilla was “dangerous” because of “the need for her to rehabilitate her image,” according to Prince Harry.
Prince Harry claimed:
“That made her dangerous because of the connections that she was forging within the British press. And there was open willingness on both sides to trade of information. And with a family built on hierarchy, and with her, on the way to being Queen Consort, there was gonna be people or bodies left in the street because of that.”
Prince Harry claimed that over time, he had become one of those people. He accused his father and stepmother of using him and Prince William for better tabloid coverage in his book. Camilla “sacrificed me on her personal PR altar,” he wrote.
Prince Harry told Cooper:
“If you are led to believe, as a member of the family, that being on the front page, having positive headlines, positive stories written about you, is going to improve your reputation or increase the chances of you being accepted as monarch by the British public, then that’s what you’re going to do.”
Despite their father’s request that Camila not marry, Harry and William eventually agreed to the wedding because they “wanted him to be happy and saw how happy he was with her.”
Camilla married Prince Charles in 2005, eight years after his first wife, Diana, died. For decades, the two had been romantically involved on and off, and Diana had famously referred to Camilla as the “third person” in their marriage.
Prince Harry also mentioned the Queen Consort in his book while discussing how he assisted his wife, Meghan Markle, in preparing for her first meeting with King Charles.
The Duke of Sussex instructed Markle to kiss his father if he “leans in,” and handshake if he does not. He also told the former “Suits” star that she didn’t have to bow to Camilla, which surprised Markle.
She reportedly asked:
Prince Harry explained in his memoir:
“I didn’t think it appropriate.”
“Spare” will be available on Tuesday.