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Diana would be 'heartbroken' over Royal Family rift: Harry

Diana would be 'heartbroken' over Royal Family rift: Harry

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Princess Diana would have been "heartbroken that it's ended up where it's ended up", said Prince Harry about the conflict with his brother Prince William, in a US TV interview.

He told Good Morning America their mother would have been saddened at the arguments, which he said were fuelled by briefings to a divisive press.

Prince Harry said there had to be "accountability" before reconciliation.

He also ruled out a return to the UK as a working royal.

Prince Harry told ABC News TV interviewer Michael Strahan a return to such a life within the Royal Family in the UK would be "unsurvivable".

"That's really sad, because that's essentially breaking the relationship between us," said Prince Harry, in an interview about his memoir, Spare.

In the book Prince Harry speaks about the traumatic legacy of his mother's death in a car accident in 1997 - but says Diana would now be sad to see the dispute between her sons, with Prince Harry seeing William as his "arch nemesis" as well as "beloved brother" and describing a physical altercation between them.

"I think she would be looking at it long term to know that there are certain things that we need to go through to be able to heal the relationship," he said in the interview.

He also spoke about his relationship with Camilla, the Queen Consort, saying they hadn't spoken for a long time, but he didn't think of her as an "evil stepmother".

Prince Harry said he had compassion for her as the "third person in my parents' marriage".

"She had a reputation and an image to rehabilitate. And whatever conversations happened, whatever deals or trading was made right at the beginning… she was led to believe that would be the best way to doing it," he told the US news show.

These claims, presenting Prince Harry's view of events, have so far not drawn a response from Buckingham Palace or Kensington Palace.

In an ITV interview on Sunday, Prince Harry had accused the Royal Family of failing to defend his wife Meghan, including in the controversy over a Jeremy Clarkson newspaper column.

The Duke of Sussex said the "silence is deafening" about the "horrific" Sun article last month.

He contrasted this with the quick action taken after a race row at a Buckingham Palace reception.

The Clarkson article about Meghan had described how the columnist was "dreaming of the day when she is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant 'Shame!' and throw lumps of excrement at her".

Later taken down by the Sun and prompting an apology from the paper and Mr Clarkson, the article was described by Prince Harry as "horrific and hurtful and cruel towards my wife".

"The world is asking for some form of comment from the monarchy. But the silence is deafening. To put it mildly," he said.

"Everything to do with my wife, after six years, they haven't said a single thing.

He also said he believed that stereotyping about Meghan - as an "American actress, divorced, biracial" - had had been a barrier to Prince William and Catherine "welcoming her in" to the family.

"Very quickly it became Meghan versus Kate," he said, saying it was fair to say "almost from the get-go" that the sisters-in-law did not "get on"

Prince Harry accused the Royal Family of "getting into bed with the devil" to improve its image - which he linked to relationships between "certain members of the family and the tabloid press".

The prince contrasted the lack of a royal response to the Clarkson article with the events that followed an encounter at Buckingham Palace between Lady Susan Hussey and Ngozi Fulani, just three weeks earlier.

While attending an event, Ms Fulani - a black British charity founder - was challenged repeatedly by Lady Hussey about where she was "really from".

Ms Fulani complained about how the exchange had offended her, prompting a rapid apology from the Palace.

Prince Harry defended Lady Hussey, saying "she had never meant any harm at all". But he contrasted the reconciliatory meeting held between her and Ms Fulani at Buckingham Palace with the response to Prince Harry and Meghan's complaints.

Prince Harry also gave an interview to Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes on CBS News, which aired a few hours after ITV's show, and saw him speaking about Camilla, the Queen Consort, and her relationship with the media.

Cooper asked the duke about comments he made in his memoir suggesting that Camilla would be "less dangerous" if she was happy.

Prince Harry said Camilla's need to "rehabilitate her image" and her "willingness" to forge relationships with the British press made her dangerous.

"And with a family built on hierarchy, and her on the way to being Queen Consort, there was going to be people or bodies left in the street because of that."

The ITV interview had also returned to Prince Harry and Meghan's previous claim - made in a 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey - that a member of the Royal Family had raised questions about the skin colour of their future child.

Prince Harry again did not name the individual - and suggested this might have been a case of "unconscious bias" rather than racism.

Asked if he would see the questioning as racist, he said: "I wouldn't, not having lived within that family."

He rejected that he had accused members of the Royal Family of racism in the Oprah interview, saying the "British press had said that".

Prince Harry made repeated criticisms of the tabloid press - saying that it was his "life's work" to change the media landscape.