The Duke of Sussex will promote his memoir Spare in an interview with ITV journalist Tom Bradby, it was reported last night.
Prince Harry is set to be interviewed by Mr Bradby, who also spoke candidly with Meghan Markle about her mental health in South Africa in 2019, to publicize his explosive new book ahead of its release on January 10.
The memoir, which is ghost written by US novelist JR Moehringer, is expected to be even more incendiary than Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series, which contained a number of bombshell allegations about the Royal Family.
Buckingham Palace is reportedly bracing itself for any new ‘truth bombs’ contained in the pages of his book, which is widely believed to focus on Harry’s upbringing as a senior member of The Firm.
The Duke of Sussex will promote his memoir Spare in an interview with ITV journalist Tom Bradby, it was reported last night
Mr Bradby, who presents the ITV News at Ten, got to know William and Harry when he was a royal correspondent in the 1990s.
He did the first official interview with William and Kate when they became engaged in 2010, and famously asked Meghan on a South African tour about her mental health.
‘This has been a journey one way or another, perhaps you could give us an idea of what the last year has been like?’ he asked her on the tour, adding: ‘I don’t know what the impact on your physical and mental health, of all the pressure that you clearly feel under.’
The Duchess then replied: ‘Erm, I would say…Look any woman when they’re, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable and you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed it’s…yeah well I guess and thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m OK, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.’
Mr Bradby asked her: ‘And the answer is – would it be fair to say – “not really OK”? As in it’s really been a struggle?’ To which Meghan replied, ‘Yes’.
The memoir, which is ghost written by US novelist JR Moehringer, is expected to be even more incendiary than Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series, which contained a number of bombshell allegations about the Royal Family
In their bombshell Netflix series Meghan said her interview with Mr Bradby marked a turning point as she claimed she got the ‘opposite’ of support after it was screened.
Meghan added: ‘There is only so much you can take on yourself, so you end up saying, ”Something has to change”. It was a huge turning point. It was when we started having harder conversations about what needs to happen for us to be able to continue to make this work.’
Speaking in episode 4 of the Netflix series Harry & Meghan, she said she ‘didn’t know’ what questions Mr Bradby had planned when the cameras started rolling.
‘You could see I hadn’t touched up my make-up, I was just fried,’ she said.
‘I guess, because I was so exhausted, I was just really grateful that someone seemed to ask me something like I was a human being.’
She said she was amazed at how her comments spread and the support she received from people on social media because of it.
‘We got in the car, got on the flight with everybody and then, I had no idea that that was going to be the thing that was going to travel around the world,’ she said.
‘That’s what spawned the #WeLoveYouMeghan. It hit a chord for everyone for something specific to them.’
Meghan told the Netflix cameras she ‘didn’t know’ what questions Tom Bradby had in store before the interview took place
Giving his angle on the interview, Harry made comparisons between Meghan and his mother, Princess Diana.
‘When there is someone in your position speaking so openly about it [it] made so many other women feel seen,’ he said.
‘No one in the family speaks that openly, no one had done, apart from one person. My mom.
‘From an institutional perspective, there was something wrong with her, as opposed to the environment or the system.’
For his part Mr Bradby said that upon working with the couple, they ‘seemed a bit bruised and vulnerable’.
He added: ‘We had a pretty long chat, and I speak to Harry relatively often and have done so over the years.
‘I knew things weren’t entirely brilliant behind the scenes, [but] it built as the tour went on. I was just observing.
‘As time wore on, I began to really get a sense of where he was at.’
Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been approached for comment.
The interview (pictured) saw Mr Bradby ask Meghan about her mental health, and sparked support for her on social media. But she said she was disappointed by the lack of support from ‘the people closest’ to her
It follows reports that Harry is taking part in yet another tell-all interview with leading US television anchor Anderson Cooper days before his explosive new memoir is launched.
The interview is expected to be broadcast on Mr. Cooper’s 60 Minutes show on TV network CBS on Sunday, January 8, two days before the memoir is released in bookstores.
Mr Cooper, 55 – who is also a star of the CNN network – has campaigned to promote better mental health and hosts a podcast called All There Is. He has spoken about losing his brother Carter to suicide. The 23-year-old fell to his death from the family’s 14th-floor Manhattan apartment in 1988.
Mr Cooper also has war experience, having reported from Afghanistan, where Harry completed two tours of duty with the Household Cavalry.
A television source said: ‘Mr Cooper has won Harry’s trust. This would be a coup for Mr Cooper and fits well with Harry’s campaign to promote mental health. It is a prime-time Sunday show which hosts foreign leaders and presidents. It’s the one that all the politicians and decision-makers watch.’
Recently 60 Minutes featured exclusive interviews with US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Mr Bradby, who presents the ITV News at Ten, got to know William and Harry when he was a royal correspondent in the 1990s
In 2020 Mr Cooper interviewed Afua Hirsch, the British author and former Guardian journalist who features in the Sussexes’ Netflix program, and who criticized the Commonwealth as ‘Empire 2.0’.
In the discussion with Mr Cooper after Harry and Meghan announced they were leaving their Royal duties, Ms Hirsch described the Royal Family as ‘Ground Zero for Britain’s troubled history of colonialism and race’.
She added that she was ‘always concerned about Meghan Markle’s well-being’ when joining the Royal Family.
Appearing sympathetic to the couple’s plight, Mr Cooper told Ms Hirsch: ‘The notion of being hounded by the press is going to have such strange, weird echoes for Prince Harry given what happened to his mom.’
Mr Cooper has also joked about getting a wave from Prince Harry during his wedding to Meghan in May 2018. He told viewers: ‘I was at the Royal Wedding, covering it for CNN.
‘Our correspondent Max Foster said, ‘You should wave at Harry because Harry is going to look up at the bright lights and I bet he’ll wave at you.’ The carriage makes a turn. I started waving. Harry looks up at the tower, we make eye contact and he waves. I almost died.’