15 Incredible Details Prince Harry Revealed in His Candid New Interview

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Prince Harry has been opening up more and more in recent years about the tragic loss of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was just 12 years old. Both Harry and his brother, Prince William, have shared sweet stories about their late mother and expressed an unending commitment to carrying on her accessible lifestyle and philanthropic legacy.

In a revealing interview with Newsweek Harry divulged a handful of details about his life as a royal and the future of the British monarchy; he basically made it clear that he often wishes he wasn’t a prince at all, and that there isn’t «any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen.» We also got some insight into his relationship with Kate Middleton, who he considers «the big sister he never had.» Read on for more interesting tidbits from Harry’s latest interview.

  1. He still gets overwhelmed when thinking about Diana’s funeral. Harry readily admitted that his role in the public funeral — he and William walked solemnly behind Diana’s horse-drawn casket with their father, grandfather, and uncle, Earl Spencer — was incredibly uncomfortable. «My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television.» he said, his face hardening. «I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.»
  2. He acted out after Diana’s death and was «very close» to breaking down. Harry admitted to being «scarred» by his mother’s death, which led to drinking, smoking, and some unsavory public incidents — but he eventually did some soul-searching. «I needed to fix the mistakes I was making,» he said, admitting that bottling up his grief led to years of «total chaos» and that he was «very close» to a breakdown several times.
  3. Prince William encouraged him to seek counseling. When he was 28, Harry sought professional help for his anxiety and grief on the advice of his older brother. «My mother died when I was very young. I didn’t want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good,» Harry said. «I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people, and making them laugh.»
  4. His time in Afghanistan helped him cope with Diana’s passing. «Being in the army was the best escape I’ve ever had. I felt as though I was really achieving something,» he said. «I also felt I was one of the lads and could forget I was Prince Harry when I was with them.»
  5. His royal title wears on him. «I sometimes still feel I am living in a goldfish bowl, but I now manage it better,» Harry said. The 32-year-old also told his interviewer several times that he often longs to be «something other than Prince Harry.»
  6. But don’t worry . . . he’s still kind of a bad boy. «I still have a naughty streak too, which I enjoy and is how I relate to those individuals who have got themselves into trouble,» Harry said.
  7. He is appreciative of the relatively normal upbringing his mother gave him. «My mother took a huge part in showing me an ordinary life, including taking me and my brother to see homeless people,» Harry explained, adding, «Thank goodness I’m not completely cut off from reality. People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live.»
  8. He does his own shopping, and has no plans to stop. «Sometimes, when I come away from the meat counter in my local supermarket, I worry someone will snap me with their phone,» he admitted. «But I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too.» He paused, then added, «Even if I was king, I would do my own shopping.»

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  1. He believes in moving with the times, but also in preserving the «magic» of the monarchy. «It’s a tricky balancing act,» he said. «We don’t want to dilute the magic. The British public and the whole world need institutions like it.» He went on: «The monarchy is a force for good, and we want to carry on the positive atmosphere that the queen has achieved for over 60 years . . . but we won’t be trying to fill her boots.»
  2. Nobody in the royal family actually wants to take the throne. «We are involved in modernizing the British monarchy,» Harry said. «We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people . . . Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.»
  3. He is dedicated to picking up where his mother left off. «I intuitively know what my mother would like me to do and want to progress with work she couldn’t complete,» Harry said of his extensive charity work with HIV/AIDS. Of Diana, he continued: «She had the most wonderful sense of humor and always wanted to make things fun for us, as well as protect us.»
  4. Kate Middleton has helped him cope with the loss of his mother. Harry considers Kate «the big sister he never had,» and often makes visits to her and William’s Kensington Palace apartment for meals — roast chicken is a favorite.
  5. He and William have very different personalities. A source close to the brothers revealed that they are «very unalike emotionally.» While William is «introverted and reclusive,» Harry is far more outgoing. «William was more successful academically, but when it comes to dealing with people, Harry knocks the spots off both him and Kate, especially with children,» the source added. «Harry is passionate about them and is a natural, which neither William nor Kate are.»
  6. He’s not in a rush to get married. Harry has been dating American actress Meghan Markle for over a year, but according to a source close to the prince, he’s not in a hurry to «get things done» (the royal term for proposing marriage). «They obviously get on very well and have a lot in common, but they have not known each other that long,» the source said. «They need to find out if they can have an ordinary relationship within a very unusual setting. I don’t think anything will happen until the end of the year.»
  7. But he is in a rush to «make something» of his life. «I feel there is just a smallish window when people are interested in me before [Prince George and Princess Charlotte] take over, and I’ve got to make the most of it.»

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Megyn Kelly’s Interview With Alex Jones Got Her Dropped As Host Of A Sandy Hook Benefit 

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One-time Fox News sweetheart Megyn Kelly made her debut on NBC News a little over a week ago with a Vladimir Putin interview, and it was supposed to be a real fucking get, or something, but it left some people screaming at her to take a long course at Howard Stern’s Night School Of How To Really Interview A Bitch, because she didn’t get anything out of him. Megyn is getting shit again and this time it’s for an interview that hasn’t even aired yet. On Sunday night, NBC will barf up an interview that Megyn did with conspiracy theorist and “performance artist” Alex Jones, who thinks the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre was a staged government hoax involving actors. Because Megyn gave a platform to a tinfoil hat-wearing ass nugget, she’s been dropped as host of a Sandy Hook benefit and her Sunday night show has lost a sponsor.

A piece of Megyn’s interview with Alex is about his theory that Sandy Hook was a hoax. Well, who knew that when you interview a Sandy Hook truther, a Sandy Hook benefit will let you know that they want nothing to do with you. The Washington Post says that the organizers of an annual gala for the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, a nonprofit gun violence prevention group founded by family members of some of the Sandy Hook shooting victims, has let Megyn go as host. I know, Megyn Kelly hosting a Sandy Hook gala is a WTF in itself.

“Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host. It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”

Chase has also washed their hands of Megyn Kelly and have pulled their ads from her show.

It doesn’t seem like NBC is going to drop Alex Jones’ interview. Liz Cole, the executive producer of Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, said that they’re serious journalists and it’s their job to interview people in the news no matter how gross they are. Liz said that people should watch the interview before getting outraged. Megyn spit up her own statement, saying that she also gets the heaves from Alex Jones’ Sandy Hook theory, but that as a serious journalist, it’s her job to “shine a light.” 

Even Alex Jones himself wants NBC to drop his interview into the shit can. Alex calls his interview with Megyn a “hit pieceand says the show misrepresented” his views on Sandy Hook.

So let’s see…

Megyn’s NBC News show hasn’t even been on two weeks and so far not many are impressed, she lost an advertiser and the smegma dingle she interviewed isn’t happy with her interview. Outside of NBC Studios right now, Tamron Hall is cackling into the air as Billy Bush and Kathy Griffin stroll in with their resumes to let HR know that they’re available Sunday nights, and any night really.

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This is my new favorite thing today!

Sarah went to Gwynnie’s Wellness (with a capital «W») retreat, «In Goop Health» (no, seriously, that’s what it’s called) and in addition to a bag of $ 85 rocks, she got to experience Goop. — (Lainey)

I NEED ALL OF THESE! — (Nerdist)

Megyn Kelly’s new NBC newsmagazine is not making friends with either side of the political spectrum. The left is furious that Kelly and NBC would give a platform to Sandy Hook truther Alex Jones (and at least one advertiser, JP Morgan, has pulled their ads for the episode), while Alex Jones is also pissed, calling Kelly «cold and robotic» and claiming that the interview is a «hit piece trying to destroy independent media» that make fathers look bad, which is why he doesn’t want it to air on Father’s Day. (Also, because Alex Jones is terrible father). (Uproxx)

If you missed the Tony Awards last night, you might have missed the orchestra trying to play Bette Midler off. Hahahahaha. You don’t tell Bette when she’s finished speaking. Bette finishes when she’s damn good and ready. — (Dlisted)

Also at the Tonys was Mary Beth Peil, who most people would recognize from Dawson’s Creek, but whom I recognize as Peter’s mother from The Good Wife. She looks fantastic and is my new inspiration for aging beautifully. — (GFY)

I feel like I’ve said this so many times, but here it is again: REPRESENTATION MATTERS! And you can see it here in this small sampling of adorable childpeople who saw Wonder Woman. — (The MarySue)

Barron and Melania have moved into the White House and awwwww, doesn’t the First Family look so joyously happy to be together again? That hand-holding doesn’t look awkward at all. — (Jezebel)

Amanda Bynes is back and sober and ready to work, and I just love her so much, I hope she’s happy and feeling good! I also hope she does another movie with Charming Potato because I would buy it and watch it over and over even though my husband would say, «Are you seriously watching this stupid movie again? Is this supposed to be funny? I don’t get it.» HYPOTHETICALLY. — (Celebitchy)

Jessica Chastain got married over the weekend and she looked just lovely! But really? What the shit was Anne Hathaway wearing? — (LG)

Have you watched Curtis Hanson’s film L.A. Confidential? Bea Pants is here to tell you that compared to James Ellroy’s book L.A. Confidential, Hanson’s movie is the happy parts of a Pixar movie. Elroy’s Los Angeles is "dark, mean and merciless." Though not for the faint hearted, L.A. Confidential is a smartly written book. (Cannonball Read 9)

A quick shout-out to a longtime reader of ours, Laura, who offers up reviews at her blog, Movie Mommy. (Movie Mommy)

I said The Defenders picture was my new favorite thing today, but actually, THIS is my new favorite thing today!
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16 Truth Bombs Princess Diana Dropped in That Infamous BBC Interview

Princess Diana tragically died in a car accident in Paris in August 1997, but her life has continued to captivate the public in the almost 20 years since then. While Diana was known for her charity work and genuine closeness to the public over the years, it was her relationship with Prince Charles and the royal family in general that really got people talking. Diana and Charles got engaged in 1981 after only going on 12 dates, tied the knot five months later, welcomed sons William and Harry, and ultimately divorced in 1996.

Diana and Charles’s romance seemed doomed from the start (there were doubts before the wedding, multiple affairs, embarrassing leaked audio conversations, and tell-all books), and Diana wasn’t afraid to fight back against the image the royal family tried to paint for her. In an incredibly bold and brave move, Diana sat down for a revealing interview with BBC’s Martin Bashir in 1995, before she and Prince Charles decided to divorce. In addition to revealing her struggles with bulimia and self-harm, she also fought back against members of the royal family who wanted her to disappear after their split. See her biggest revelations from the interview below.

1. Prince Charles Was Upset by Diana Getting All of the Media Attention

Diana told Martin that at the beginning of her marriage to Charles, she was very happy. «I desperately wanted it to work,» she said. «I desperately loved my husband. And I thought that we were a very good team.» She admitted that things started to go south, however, when the media began to pay more attention to her than her husband, something she said «can make a man, a proud man like my husband, get upset.»

2. Prince Charles Then Actively Tried to Bring Media Attention Back to Him

Diana said that Prince Charles quickly decided they should do separate engagements since whenever they were out together the attention was always on her. She told Martin that she didn’t want to do this because she liked having the company while engaging with the public but that she ultimately didn’t have a choice. «I don’t think I was allowed to have any,» she said of what Charles thought of her opinions. «I think I’ve always been the 18-year-old girl he got engaged to.»

3. She Didn’t Get Family Support While Suffering From Postpartum Depression

Diana said that while she was struggling after William was born in 1982, the royal family simply turned the other way. «I felt like I was the first person ever in the royal family to openly cry and nobody knew what to do,» she said. «If you haven’t seen it before, how do you support it?» She also said that her depression gave everyone a «wonderful new label» to pin on her — «Diana is unstable, Diana is mentally unbalanced» — something she said stuck within her marriage.

4. She Tried to Hurt Herself

During her depression, Diana admitted that she self-harmed by «hurting her arms and legs,» saying she couldn’t cope with the pressures around her and was crying out for help. She also revealed her struggle with bulimia, saying the number of times she would throw up in a day depended on the pressures she was feeling. «It was a symptom of what was going on in my marriage,» she said.

5. She Received Backlash For Confronting Her Husband About His Affair

Prince Charles struck up an affair with his ex-girlfriend, Camilla Parker Bowles, during his marriage to Diana in 1986. Diana revealed that she quickly found out about her husband’s wandering eye because «a woman’s instinct is a very good one.» She said the sadness she felt as a result of the affair made her dive further into bulimia, and when she tried to talk about it, friends on her husband’s side said she was «unstable» and «needed to be placed in some sort of home to get better.» She also confirmed that Camilla did play a major role in the breakdown of her marriage to Charles, saying, «There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.»

6. She Was Honest With Prince William About Charles’s Affair

Diana told her oldest son about his dad’s affair with Camilla, but she made sure to put it to him in a way he could understand. «I told William, ‘If you find someone you love in life, you must hang onto it and look after it. And if you are lucky enough to find someone who loves you, then you must protect it.'»

7. She Approved of Andrew Morton’s Book About Her

In 1992, Diana’s friend Andrew Morton wrote an intimate book about her public and private life titled Diana: Her True Story. While most public figures would be against someone writing a book about their lives, Diana told Martin that not only did she approve, but she also allowed her friends to speak to Andrew for the book. «I was fed up with being seen as someone who is a basket case because I am a very strong person,» she said.

8. She Made Sure Harry and William Were Protected From Their Separation Announcement

A week before Diana and Charles decided to announce their separation to the public, she went to visit William and Harry at school to sit them down and tell them in person. Once the official announcement was then made, the two boys were shielded from all the media while tucked away at school.

9. Things Changed Quickly After They Split

Immediately after the separation, Diana revealed that «people’s agendas changed overnight,» saying, «I was now the separated wife of the prince of Wales. I was a problem; I was a liability. And [it became] ‘How are we going to deal with her?'» These concerns resulted in her visits abroad being blocked, as well as «things that had come naturally» to her, like personal letters, suddenly getting lost.

10. She Believed the Royal Family Purposely Tried to Destroy Her Reputation

After a phone call with her close friend James Gilbey was leaked to the public in 1992, in which he referred to her as «Squidgy,» Diana said she felt betrayed. While she said she didn’t know how it was leaked, she thought it was done on purpose to «hurt me in a serious manner.» She also said it was the first time she felt what it was like to be «outside the net and not in the family.» «It was to make the public change their attitude towards me,» she continued. «If we were going to divorce, it was so Charles would hold more cards than I would. It was very much a poker game.»

11. She Refused to Be Bullied

Diana said that despite the «campaign» that was launched by her husband’s family to make her look bad, she made sure to stand her ground. «She won’t go quietly, that’s the problem,» she said of herself. «I’ll fight till the end.» She also took control of the situation when she announced her decision to take some time away from her public appearances in 1993, something she said the royal family didn’t see coming. «I’m a great believer that you should always confuse the enemy,» she continued. «They were undermining me out of fear, because this is a strong woman doing her bit, and where is she getting her strength from to continue?»

12. She Was Heartbroken Over James Hewitt’s Book About Her

Diana admitted that she was devastated after James Hewitt, someone she admitted to having an affair with, was a major source in a tell-all book about her, most of which she insisted was untrue. The first thing she did after it was published was talk to William and Harry. Diana revealed that William then presented her with box of chocolates and said, «Mummy, I think you’ve been hurt. These are to make you smile again.»

13. She Shot Down Rumors That She Wanted to Destroy the British Monarchy

Because of Diana’s seemingly rebellious nature during the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles, Martin brought up rumors of Diana wanting to destroy the British monarchy out of spite, something she said was ridiculous. «Why would I want to destroy something that is my children’s future?» she said in response. «I will fight for my children on any level in order for them to be happy and have peace of mind and carry out their duties.»

14. She Called Out the Monarchy For Being Distant From the Public

When asked if she thinks there are things the monarchy could change in order to improve, Diana said, «I understand that change is frightening for people, especially if there’s nothing to go to, it’s best to stay where you are. I do think that there are a few things that could change that could alleviate this doubt in the relationship between the monarch and the public. I think they can walk hand in hand, as opposed to being so distant. I would like a monarchy that has more contact with its people.» To combat this with William and Harry, she would often take them around people who were homeless and suffering from AIDS in order for them to connect to people on a deeper level.

15. She Still Insisted That She Didn’t Want a Divorce

Since the interview was conducted while Diana and Charles were still married (Queen Elizabeth II ordered their divorce after it aired), Diana was asked about where she hoped the future of her their relationship would go. «I don’t want a divorce,» she said. «But, obviously, we need clarity on a situation that has been of enormous discussion over the last three years. I await my husband’s decision of which way we are all going to go.»

16. She Never Saw Herself Becoming Queen

«I’d like to be a queen of people’s hearts, but I don’t see myself being queen of this country,» she said. «I don’t think many people would want me to be queen, and when I say many people, I mean the establishment that I’m married into. They’ve decided that I’m a nonstarter, because I do things different, because I don’t go by a rule book, because I lead from the heart and not the head. And albeit that’s gotten me into trouble in my work, but someone’s gotta go out there and love people.» She continued that she had no support from the royal family because «they see me as a threat of some kind, and I’m here to do good.» After Martin then asked her why they saw her as a threat, she responded that the monarch’s questions were probably, «Why is she strong? Where does she get it from? Where is she taking it? Where is she going to use it? Why do the public still support her?»

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Brad Pitt Assures Everyone «He’s Got Nothing to Hide» After Truth-Telling GQ Interview

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As to why he’s been so open lately, Brad replied, «I’ve got no secrets. I’ve got nothing to hide. . . . We’re human and I find the human condition very interesting. If we’re not talking about it, then we’re not getting better.»

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