Prince Harry says Prince William told him to “pretend we don’t know each other” in high school
“Spare,” the title of Prince Harry’s new memoir, is a nod to his role as a backup in the line of succession. Harry’s brother, Prince William, is the heir apparent, while Harry is a reserve.
In their 60 Minutes interview, Anderson Cooper asked Harry about some of the deeply personal stories he shares about his brother in the new book.
“You write about a controversial meeting you had with him in 2021,” Cooper said. “You said, ‘I looked at Willy, really I looked at him maybe for the first time since we were boys. I got it all, his familiar stranglehold, which had always been a default in dealing with me, his alarming baldness, more. advanced than mine, his famous resemblance to mamma, which was fading with time, with age.’ It is very cutting”.
“I don’t see it as cutting at all,” Harry said. “You know, my brother and I love each other. I love him very much. There’s been a lot of pain between us, especially the last six years. Nothing I’ve written, nothing I’ve written. involved is ever meant to be.” to hurt my family. But it gives a complete picture of the situation when we were growing up, and it also destroys this idea that somehow my wife was the one who destroyed the relationship between these two brothers.”
Although Harry and William appeared inseparable to the outside world growing up, the two have lived separate lives since their mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash in 1997.
“Even when you were in the same school, in high school,” Cooper told Harry, “Your brother told you, ‘Pretend we don’t know each other.’
“Yes, and at that moment it hurt me. I couldn’t understand. I said: “What do you mean? We’re in the same school now,” Harry said. “Like, ‘I haven’t seen you in years, now we have to hang out.’ He says: ‘No, no, no, when we’re at school we don’t know each other.’ And I took this personally. But yes, you are absolutely right, you hit the nail on the head. Like, we had a very similar traumatic experience, and then we – we dealt with it in two very different ways.”
“William had tried to talk to you time and time again about your mother,” Cooper told Harry, “but you, as a child, couldn’t—you couldn’t answer.”
“For me, it’s never been a case of ‘I – I don’t want to talk about this with you,’ Harry said. “I just don’t know how to talk about it. I never thought that maybe talking about it with my brother or someone else at that moment would be therapeutic.”
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Prince Harry: 60 Minutes Interview 26:59