GLOATING Harry boasted to a friend that the royal family would find his interview with Oprah Winfrey “quite shocking”.
He also stepped into his homeland and told the friend, “Those Brits need to be taught a lesson.”
His inflammatory comments came out days before the launch of his Netflix docuseries. In it, Harry talks about therapy after the death of mom Diana and his father King Charles’ affair with Camilla.
Last night, senior sources told The Sun on Sunday that Harry’s pre-Oprah remarks expose his continued animosity towards his family.
Ahead of the March 2021 TV chat, he told the friend: “This is going to be pretty shocking. Those Brits need to be taught a lesson.”
Harry then accused the royals of racism, claiming they ignored wife Meghan’s suicidal thoughts.
Tensions will rise further when the Netflix series – dubbed Harry and Meghan – begins next Thursday. And the Duke has a biography, Spare, coming out next month.
It is clear that he and Meghan will make new accusations of racism in the docuseries, part of their £110 million deal with the streaming giant.
A source said: “Some of Harry and Meghan’s comments are fiery.
“If they do air, they will be absolutely explosive. The subject of racism is discussed – plus claims that some royals opposed the marriage. The whole TV project is very much driven by Meghan.
“The story is that Harry had to be removed from his family, in which he felt neglected. Mental health traits too, and discussion of Harry having therapy for the loss of his mother and his father’s relationship with Camilla.
Royal sources believe the trailer’s release last week was a cynical and deliberate attempt to sabotage Kate and William’s trip to Boston, US, to highlight the environmental causes.
The brothers have barely spoken since Harry and Meghan unloaded at Oprah. At the time, the Queen rejected his claims, saying, “Recollections may vary.”
Charles and William tried to reconcile with Harry from California. But they were stunned when he leaked their efforts to his friend, CBS News broadcaster Gayle King.
For a year, Charles refused to take his son’s calls, explaining at one point, “I’m not a bank.”
The Sussexes are plotting a PR change for 2023, which they have set as their “year of reconciliation”.
But our revelations today show that a reduction in tensions is a long way off. Harry was visited this year by his cousin Princess Eugenie in California. He has asked her to help with his book, but it is unknown if she played any part.
According to Netflix, the docuseries features: “Comments from friends and family, most of whom have never spoken publicly about what they saw before.”
Clips in the trailer include one of Meghan seemingly in tears sitting on her phone next to a £1,260 Hermes rug. The privacy-loving Meghan has conducted two interviews with American magazines in the past three months.
It was reported yesterday that she had pulled out of an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which was set to air on the eve of its release.
The Sussexes have spoken about their royal lives on podcasts and Harry has been busy with his book, which he says will be “raw, unflinchingly honest”. The Sun on Sunday understands “racism and racial prejudice”, especially press coverage will play a big part in the Netflix series.
It comes after Prince William’s godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, stepped down from a royal role of honor following allegations she was racist against a UK-born charity guest at Buckingham Palace last week.