The full interview will air on Sunday, as Royal Editor Chris Ship reports
Prince Harry has said the royal family have shown "absolutely no willingness to reconcile" with him and Meghan Markle, in a promotional clip shared today ahead of an interview with ITV to be broadcast this Sunday.
In the short video released today for 'Harry: The Interview', Harry tells ITV News presenter Tom Bradby that it "didn't have to be this way", and that he wants "a family, not an institution".
ITV confirmed it has recorded a long interview with Harry, who left the royal family in 2020 to start a new life in North America with his wife Meghan Markle.
It will air on ITV1 at 9pm on Sunday, two days before the publication of Harry’s bombshell memoir, Spare.
It follows the success of the tell-all Netflix documentary series, Harry & Meghan, in which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex speak of the fallout from their decision to step down as working royals.
Harry has also spoken to CBS's 60 minutes, claiming he was the target of leaks to the press after conversations with members of the royal family about starting his new life overseas.
He tells Anderson Cooper: "Every single time I've tried to do it privately, there have been briefings and leakings and planting of stories against me and my wife."
The duke suggests the family motto of 'never complain, never explain' when dealing with the media is hollow, given that complaints were effectively made through passing stories to the press.
"They will feed or have a conversation with the correspondent, and that correspondent will literally be spoon-fed information and write the story.
"At the bottom of it, they will say that they've reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment - the whole story is Buckingham Palace commenting."
This is the first time either of the Sussexes have subjected themselves to a thorough journalistic interview since their dramatic departure from the Royal Family.
It is the first time either of them have been properly challenged about the claims they have made.
Meghan did tell her story to her friend Oprah Winfrey and both Harry and Meghan did a number of interviews for their six-part Netflix series.
But their claims about the Royals were never challenged and the contributors to the series all spoke in support of the Duke and Duchess.
Bradby has known Harry for a number of years, but those who worked on this weekend’s programme claim their sit-down in California was robust and Harry’s accusations did no go unchallenged.
In the Sussexes’ latest Netflix series, Harry claims his brother William "screamed and shouted" at him during a crisis meeting at Sandringham following his decision to step down from royal duties.
The Duke of Sussex also implicated his brother when he addressed the alleged "business of trading" stories between the royal family and the media.
Harry and Meghan took aim at the British press, claiming “salacious stories” were “planted” in the lead-up to their wedding, forcing them to play "whack-a-mole” as the articles appeared.
Meanwhile Meghan also claims she "wasn't allowed" by the palace to seek help over her suicidal thoughts due to concerns over "how that would look for the institution".
During their interview last year with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan, who is mixed race, also claimed an unnamed royal family member raised "concerns" over the darkness of Archie's skin when he was born.
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