Excerpts from Prince Harry’s interview on 60 Minutes

In an interview with Anderson Cooper that aired in 60 minutes, Prince Harry spoke on US television for the first time about his upcoming memoir, “Spear.” These were some of the revelations from their conversation.


Prince Harry describes how he learned of his mother’s death 60 minutes

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Harry was twelve years old when his mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a car accident in Paris. It was August 1997, and Harry was at Balmoral Castle in Scotland with other members of the royal family. In his book, Harry described the moment his father, Prince Charles, woke him up to tell him what had happened.

He says in the book you’re writing, they tried, darling boy. I’m afraid it didn’t work. “These phrases stick in my mind like throwing darts at the board,” Cooper said. “Did you cry?”

“No, no, don’t shed a single tear at that moment,” said Harry. “I was in shock, you know? I’m twelve. Kind of — 7, 7:30 in the morning, early. Your dad comes over, sits on your bed, puts his hand on your knee and tells you, ‘There was an accident.'” I did not believe “.

Cooper said, “You write in the book, Pa didn’t hug me. He wasn’t very good at showing emotion under normal circumstances. But his hand fell back to my knee and said, ‘Be good.’ But after that, nothing was quite right for a long time.”

“No, nothing, nothing’s right,” said Harry.


Prince Harry refuses to accept Diana’s death for years | 60 minutes

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Harry writes in Spear about his reaction in the days and years following the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997. He told Cooper how he couldn’t believe Diana was dead.

“For a long time, I refused to accept that she was — she was gone,” said Harry. “Part of, you know, you’d never do that to us, but also part of, maybe this is all part of a plan.”

“Did you really believe it,” Cooper asked, “maybe you just decided to disappear for a while?”

“For a while, and then she would call us and we’d go join her, yeah,” said Harry, who was 12 when his mother died.


Prince Harry says he used the drug to help with grief | 60 minutes

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Harry says he sought help from a therapist seven years ago and reveals that he has also tried more experimental therapies to try and cope with the grief he still feels from his mother’s death.

“You write in the book about the drug,” Cooper said. “Ayahuasca, psilocybin, mushrooms. They were actually important to you.”

“I would never advise people to do this recreationally,” said Harry. “But doing it with the right people, if you’re going through a tremendous amount of loss or grief or trauma, these things have a way of working as medicine.”

“They showed you something,” Cooper asked. “What did they show you?”

“For me, they cleaned the windshield, the windshield, and the misery of loss,” said Harry. “They took away this idea I had in my head—that my mother—that I needed to cry to prove to my mother that I missed her. When in reality all she wanted was for me to be happy.”


Prince Harry says his family did not include him in travel plans before Queen Elizabeth’s death | 60 minutes

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Prince Harry was in London last September for a charity event when the palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II was under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

“I asked my brother – I said, ‘What are your plans?'” How are you and Kate doing there? “And then a couple of hours later, you know, all the family who live in the Windsor and Ascot area were just hopping on a plane together,” said Harry. “A plane with 12, 14, maybe 16 seats.”

“You weren’t invited on that plane?” Cooper asked.

“I wasn’t invited,” said Harry.

By the time Harry got to Balmoral on his own, the Queen was dead.


Prince Harry talks about his family’s reaction to his relationship with Meghan Markle | 60 minutes

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Harry wrote that when he introduced Meghan Markle to his family in 2016, his father initially loved her. But his brother, Prince William, was skeptical.

Harry told Cooper that others in the family were worried, too.

“From the very beginning, before they even had a chance to get to know her,” said Harry. “And the UK press jumped on it. And here we are.”


Prince Harry details his feelings for Camilla, the Queen’s Queen | 60 minutes

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In his book, Prince Harry’s portrayal of his stepmother, Camilla, now the Queen, is perhaps the most criticized. She married then-Prince Charles in 2005, though the two had been romantically involved on and off for decades. Princess Diana called Camilla the “third person” in her marriage, and Prince Harry did not forget her.

Harry told Cooper that she was portrayed by the tabloids as “the villain”. “She was the third person in their marriage. She needed to rehabilitate her image.”

“You and your brother directly asked your father not to marry Camila?” Cooper asked.

Harry said, “Yes.” “We didn’t think it was necessary. We thought it would do more harm than good, and if he’s now with his person, that’s–surely that’s enough. Why go to that length 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, “Okay.”


Prince Harry talks about his physical altercation with Prince William | 60 minutes

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Harry said: “It was an accumulation of — frustration, I think, on his part. It was at a time when he was being told certain things by people inside his office.” “And at the same time, he was consuming a lot of tabloids, a lot of stories. And he had some issues, which were not based in reality. And I was defending my wife. And he was coming for the wife. She wasn’t there at the time, but through the things that He was saying it. I was defending myself. And we moved from one room to the kitchen. And his frustrations were growing and growing and growing. He was yelling at me. I was yelling at him. He wasn’t nice. He wasn’t nice at all. He hurried on. And pushed me to the floor.”

“I knock you down more?” Cooper asked.

“He hit me,” said Harry. “I landed on the dog bowl.” “I hurt my back. I didn’t know about it at the time. But, yeah, he did – he apologized afterwards. It was a very bad experience.”


Prince Harry says William told him to “pretend we don’t know each other” at school | 60 minutes

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Although Harry and William appeared to be inseparable from the outside world, they have led separate lives since their mother’s death.

Cooper told Harry, “Even when you were in the same school, in high school, your brother told you, ‘Pretend we don’t know each other. ‘”

“Yeah,” said Harry, “and at the time it hurt. I couldn’t make sense of it. So I said, ‘What do you mean?'” We’re in the same school now.” “Like, ‘I haven’t seen you for a long time, now we hang out together.’” He said, “No, no, no, when we’re at school we don’t know each other.” And I took that personally. But yeah, you’re absolutely right, you hit the nail on the head. Like, we had a very similar traumatic experience, and then we dealt with it in two completely different ways. “

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CBS Mornings will get more from Anderson Cooper’s 60 Minutes interview with Prince Harry on Monday.

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