Despite everything that has happened, Prince Harry is hoping to reconcile with the royal family.
During an interview on ITV, which aired on January 8, journalist Tom Bradby told Harry that people might feel he already lost his chance of reconciling with the royal family after releasing his memoir, Spare. The book features his past, including his and his wife Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as working members of the monarchy, and his ongoing conflict with his loved ones.
According to the Duke of Sussex, there’s “100 percent” chance of reconciliation. But this time, he revealed his family has “shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile up until this point.” He added, “I’m not sure how honesty is burning bridges. You know, silence only allows the abuser to abuse. Right? So I don’t know how staying silent is ever gonna make things better.”
The 38-year-old continued, “Though I would like to have reconciliation, I would like accountability. I’ve managed to make peace over this time with a lot of things that have happened. But that doesn’t mean that I’m just gonna let it go.”
The duke explained, “Forgiveness is 100 percent a possibility because I would like to get my father back. I would like to have my brother back. At the moment, I don’t recognize them, as much as they probably don’t recognize me.”
The couple attended the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in September. He and his brother Prince William put on a united front in front of the whole world as they and their wives joined King Charles III and other members of the royal family at the different memorial events for the queen.
During the interview, Harry clarified, “I love my father. I love my brother. I love my family. I…will always do. Nothing of what I’ve done in this book or otherwise has ever been [with] any intention to harm them or hurt them.”
Bradby told Harry that some people might think that his memoir is invading his family’s privacy but the duke cleared, “That’ll be the accusation from the people that don’t understand, or don’t want to believe that my family have been briefing the solidly for well over a decade.”
Meanwhile, Harry revealed in the Harry & Meghan Netflix docuseries and in a recent interview with Anderson Cooper, that he never had a problem with the monarchy but with “the press and the sick relationship that’s evolved between it and the palace.”
According to him, “certain members have decided to get in the bed with the devil…to rehabilitate their image. He also mentioned, “The moment that that rehabilitation comes at the detriment of others—me, other members of my family, then that’s where I draw the line.”
The Spanish version of his memoir was accidentally released last week and it shocked many individuals online, with some of them wondering if it was the right time to share these revelations.
“Thirty-eight years, 38 years of having my story told by so many different people with intentional spin and distortion,” he told Bradby, “felt like a good time to own my story and be able to tell it for myself.”