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Prince Harry's two softball interviews Sunday night — one with ITV's Tom Bradby, the other with Anderson Cooper of the toothless '60 Minutes' — have made it clear: Harry is both delusional and appears cynically dishonest.
Shame on both journalists for not calling out Harry on his many hypocrisies.
Watch as Tom Bradby sits, incredulous yet unchallenging, through this jaw-dropping exchange:
Bradby: 'In the Oprah interview, you accuse members of your family of racism.'
Harry: 'No, we don't. The British press did that.'
Excuse me: Right?!?!
Harry: 'Did Meghan ever mention they were racists?'
Let's roll tape.
Oprah: 'They were concerned that if [your unborn son] were too brown, that would be a problem? Are you saying that?'
Meghan: 'If that's the assumption you're making, I think that feels like a pretty safe one, which was really hard to understand, right?'
Well, maybe she didn't outright say that but that was the heavy implication, was it not?
These two are exhausting, splitting hairs and parsing verbiage in ways not heard since Bill Clinton ('depends on what the meaning of the word of 'is' is.'). I mean, come on — even Oprah looked shocked.
That interview generated one major headline - you know, the one that went all over the world, that the royal family was racist. It's literally in Bradby's job description to challenge Harry here. It was incumbent on Bradby to speak for all of us who watched that interview to say the truth — not Harry's truth, not Meghan's truth, but THE truth — and say, 'Well, she did everything but.'
Prince Harry's two softball interviews Sunday night — one with ITV's Tom Bradby, the other with Anderson Cooper of the toothless '60 Minutes' — have made it clear: Harry is both delusional and cynically dishonest.
Watch as Tom Bradby (above, right) sits, incredulous yet unchallenging, through this jaw-dropping exchange: Bradby: 'In the Oprah interview, you accuse members of your family of racism.'
Alas, Bradby did not. He allowed Harry to traffic in fake news, to move the goalposts, to say that, if anything, his family might have been guilty of 'unconscious bias,' to move on without the obvious follow-up questions: If Harry and Meghan don't believe the royal family is racist, why didn't they correct the record at any time over the past two years? Why not clear up that odious falsehood in their Netflix docuseries, or Meghan's podcast, or in this pathetic memoir Harry's flogging? Why did Harry and Meghan allow the woke media to fight what he now says is a non-existent battle?
And why did they fly to New York City to accept a humanitarian award for standing up to the 'structural racism' within the British royal family?
We cannot believe a word Harry says. Here he is on Lady Susan Hussey, who Buckingham Palace tossed aside after a race-related dust-up at a Camilla-hosted event when a black guest claimed Hussey was inappropriate.
'Meghan and I love Susan Hussey,' Harry said. 'We think she's great! And I also know that what she meant — she never meant any harm at all.'
You know, for someone who bangs on about wishing that the people who knew and loved him best would stand up for him, Harry's lack of self-awareness is beyond belief. Imagine if Harry and Meghan had raised their hands while Hussey was in the thick of it - the British media Harry loathes so much accusing Hussey of being an old white racist - and said, 'Hey, wait a minute — that's not the woman we know.'
But that wouldn't serve Harry and Meghan's agenda, would it?
God, he is infuriating. You can see why his father and brother, as he told Anderson Cooper, haven't talked to him in ages. There is just no getting through. Harry is as thick as a plank, intransigent as a toddler — not to mention self-pitying, self-righteous, and unable to stick to his own story.
On 'GMA' Monday morning, Michael Strahan asked Harry a very straightforward question: Did the late Queen ever express anger towards Harry?
Harry's answer: 'For what?'
He's either just that stupid or just that defiant. But he can't be both. To Strahan's other obvious question — you left the royal family, so why not just leave all these grievances behind? — Harry lobbed another head-scratcher.
'I can't ever get out,' he said.
I'm sorry — was that not the entire point of Mexgit? What is this — 'The Godfather'?
This memoir he's peddling, one predicated on Charles and Camilla and William and Kate bullying Meghan out of the royal family, forcing their move to California?
Actually, Harry told Bradby, not their fault at all. The British press did that, with 'the racism . . . the lies.'
These two are exhausting, splitting hairs and parsing verbiage in ways not