“Every single time I’ve tried to do it privately there have been briefings and leakings and planting of stories against me and my wife,” he said. “You know, the family motto is never complain, never explain, but it’s just a motto.”
To which Cooper replied: “There’s a lot of complaining and a lot of explaining being done through leaks.”
“They will feed or have a conversation with the correspondent,” Prince Harry responded. “And that correspondent will literally be spoon-fed information and write the story. And at the bottom of it they will say that they’ve reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.”
He continued: “But the whole story is Buckingham Palace commenting. So when we’re being told for the last six years, ‘We can’t put a statement out to protect you.’ But you do it for other members of the family. It becomes… there becomes a point when silence is betrayal.”
The full interview is expected to air Sunday and marks their first interview of a full-blown press tour aimed to promote Prince Harry’s new book, Spare, which is already topping bestsellers’ lists throughout the nation.
Neil Basu, a former police chief in charge of royal protection at the Metropolitan police told Britain’s Channel 4 News Tuesday that they both faced “disgusting and very real” threats from extremists.
“If you’d seen the stuff that was written, and you were receiving it… you would feel under threat all of the time,” Basu said. “People have been prosecuted for those threats.”
While it has been no secret that she faced criticism from British press, the officer went into further detail about racist attacks against her, including filtering out the use of the n-word and guns and knives emojis on the royal couple’s social media accounts when she was pregnant with their first child.