Prince Harry calls Camilla a ‘villain’

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Echoing his mother Prince Diana’s words, Prince Harry talked about Camilla’s relationship with Charles saying, “She was the third person in their marriage.”…reports Asian Lite News

Prince Harry described his father King Charles III’s second wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, as a “villain” who was “dangerous”. Talking of his stepmother in an interview ahead of the official release of his memoir ‘Spare’, Prince Harry said that Camilla she needed to rehabilitate her image in the media which was the reason for her behaviour.

Echoing his mother Prince Diana’s words, Prince Harry talked about Camilla’s relationship with Charles saying, “She was the third person in their marriage.”

Prince Harry said, “She was the villain. She needed to rehabilitate her image. That made her dangerous because of the connections that she was forging within the British press. And there was open willingness on both sides to trade information. With a family built on hierarchy, and with her, on the way to being Queen consort, there were going to be people or bodies left in the street because of that.”

The Duke of Sussex also talked about media coverage of the royal family, saying, “If you are led to believe, as a member of the family, that being on the front page, having positive headlines, positive stories written about you, is going to improve your reputation or increase the chances of you being accepted as monarch by the British public, then that’s what you’re going to do.”

He also said that Meghan Markle was not responsible for the breakdown of his relationship with his brother Prince William saying that he wants to “squash this idea that somehow my wife was the one that destroyed the relationship between these two brothers.”

‘Royals not racist’

Prince Harry said that he did not view as “racist” a British royal family member inquiring about the skin colour of his and his wife Meghan’s unborn baby.

The prince and Meghan had told the story of an unnamed royal repeatedly asking about the skin colour of their unborn son Archie, in a 2021 Oprah Winfrey interview.

It became one of the most discussed points on the show, which also accused British tabloids of racist treatment of Meghan, and prompted a rare reaction from the palace.

Harry denied accusing the royal of racism, in an interview aired Sunday on Britain’s ITV television to promote his memoir “Spare”.

“No I didn’t. The British press said that,” Harry said, adding that Meghan had also not called the royals “racist”.

Harry said that “having lived within that family”, he blamed the incident on “unconscious bias”.

“My understanding is because of my own experience — the difference between racism and unconscious bias, the two things are different,” the prince said.

On why he wrote the book

Harry told Britain’s ITV channel he had endured “38 years… of intentional spin and distortion”. He said he had “no intention” of harming anyone in his family by releasing the book.

But he needed to speak out as “certain members have decided to get in bed with the devil to rehabilitate their image”, at his and his family’s expense.

On his mother’s funeral

Harry recalled walking behind Princess Diana’s coffin at her funeral in 1997, when he was aged just 12. “The bridles chinking, you know, going down The Mall, the hooves going down the concrete and the occasional… gravel underneath the foot and the wails from the crowd,” he recalled. “But otherwise complete silence is something that will stick with me forever.”

On Diana’s death

Harry said he read the secret government file into Diana’s death, redacted by his private secretary of the most graphic descriptions and photographs of the scene.

He said he had driven as an adult through the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, where she died in a car crash. “There’s a lot of things that are unexplained,” he said.

On William, Kate and Meghan

Harry said William and Kate were fans of the US legal drama “Suits” in which Meghan starred. But he said he thought they were not expecting him to get involved with someone like Meghan and “there was a lot stereotyping” of her as a biracial, divorced American actress.

That caused “a bit of a barrier” to welcoming her to the family, he said. Harry stressed though that William never tried to dissuade him from marrying Meghan.

On the media

Harry spoke at length about the British tabloid press, accusing it of complicity and collusion with the palace, as well as racism, cronyism and duplicity.

He suggested the negative coverage he and Meghan had suffered was a result of his legal claims for alleged phone hacking against three British newspapers. The wider aim of the claims, he said, had been to rein in tabloid excesses.

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