Harry’s ‘permanent war’ against media is ‘not most logical view’ – interviewer

Harry’s ‘permanent war’ against media is ‘not most logical view’ – interviewer

Prince Harry has denied claims by Tom Bradby that he isn't taking "the most logical view" in what the interviewer described as a seemingly "permanent war" against the media.

Speaking on Harry: The Interview on ITV on Sunday night (January 8) ahead of the launch of his memoir 'Spare' on Tuesday (January 10), the candid Duke of Sussex responded to Bradby's remarks that there was a "danger" in choosing to "fight it all" no matter how big or small, in terms of negativity towards himself or wife Meghan Markle.

Harry called his fight his "responsibility to see it through" in order to "benefit a lot of people", before referencing the late Caroline Flack, whose death by suicide was the result of media and online bullying in the eyes of many.

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"The trouble is, you're probably the most famous person on the planet right now," Tom began.

"Like if it's not a horrible article in a newspaper it's gonna be out there on Twitter, so what your family might say to you is ‘Look, you just can't – you’ve – you’ve gotta let it go, you can't – you can't fight it all’ and now I understand your narrative is ‘if I don’t stand up to what I don’t believe …’

"But isn't there a danger that given your background and trauma, you're maybe not taking the most logical view of this, as in you're permanently at war and seeing the media as kind of one entity."

Harry swiftly responded to shut down the 55-year old's suggestion after admitting he had been willing to "let a lot of it go" three years ago.

He explained: "No I'm not permanently at war at all. I – I made peace with it; I was willing to let a lot of it go back in 2020 when we left the country.

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"And if living in a new country, minding our own business during lockdown, not saying anything, not doing anything that would affect the British media at all, that every single day there's a, you know, attack, well then, the assumption of it going away or moving on isn't the case."

The Prince continued: "So, you know, I feel as though there is a responsibility to see this through, um because I think the benefits to a lot of people will be felt. Um, you know, I talk about Caroline Flack in the book as well."

Harry went on to cite the example of recent comments made by Jeremy Clarkson to the Sun, describing them as ''horrific", "hurtful" and cruel towards Meghan and a reason for his actions.

The Prince said Clarkson's platform could make people around the world think it was "acceptable to treat women that way" adding that the Royal Family's silence was "deafening" in its lack of condemnation of such comments.

Harry said: "When we're talking about accountability, you know, just recently, which I know you know about, um you know, the Jeremy Clarkson article, so not only did, what he said was horrific and is hurtful and cruel towards my wife, but it also encourages other people around the UK and around the world, men particularly, to go and think that it's acceptable to treat women that way.

"Um, and you know, to use my stepmother’s words recently as well, there is a global pandemic of violent – violence against women.

"It's no longer a case of me asking for accountability, but at this point the world is asking for accountability. And the world is asking for some form of comment from the monarchy. But the silence is – is – is deafening. To put it mildly."

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