The Royal Family Reads the Tabloids at Breakfast Every Morning, According to Prince Harry

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Prince Harry's 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper was filled with fascinating revelations, including that Harry didn't believe his mother, Princess Diana, was dead until he was 23 (Diana died when he was 12), or the fact that Harry is not currently speaking to his father, King Charles, or his brother, Prince William.

One other anecdote within the interview that caught our attention: the royal family's breakfast habits.

"My family read the tabloids, you know?" Harry tells Cooper. "It's laid out at breakfast when everyone comes together. So, whether you walk around saying you believe it or not, it's still leaving an imprint in your mind."

in the first us television interview to discuss his upcoming memoir, spare, prince harry sits down with anderson cooper to also recount his childhood, the loss of his mother and his rift with the royal family pictured prince harry speaks to anderson cooper for 60 minutes in an interview that will be broadcast sunday, jan 8 700 800 pm, etpt, on the cbs television network photocbs news © cbs broadcasting inc all rights reserved

The comment comes amidst a discussion around the UK tabloid treatment of Meghan Markle. "The fact that she was American, an actress, divorced, Black, biracial with a Black mother. Those were just four of the typical stereotypes that is-- becomes a feeding frenzy for the British press," Harry says.

Later on, he says of his family reading the headlines about Meghan, "So if you have that judgment based on a stereotype right at the beginning, it's very, very hard to get over that. And a large part of it for the family, but also the British press and numerous other people is, like, 'He's changed. She must be a witch. He's changed.' As opposed to yeah, I did change, and I'm really glad I changed. Because rather than getting drunk, falling out of clubs, taking drugs, I had now found the love of my life, and I now had the opportunity to start a family with her."

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Charles, Camilla, and Harry in 2005Daniel Berehulak - Getty Images

He also says his stepmother, Queen Camilla, planed stories against him and Prince William. She was "dangerous," Harry says, "because of the need for her to rehabilitate her image."

Harry continues, "That made her dangerous because of the connections that she was forging within the British press. And there was open willingness on both sides to trade of information. And with a family built on hierarchy, and with her, on the way to being Queen Consort, there was gonna be people or bodies left in the street because of that."

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Many of the surprising revelations within Spare have already been made public due to early leaks of the book, and Harry's interviews with 60 Minutes (in the U.S.) and ITV (in the UK). Tomorrow morning, Prince Harry will be on Good Morning America, and Tuesday evening, he'll be on Late Night with Stephen Colbert.

In fact, Anderson asks him about all the interviews on 60 Minutes, saying, won't his family say they can't trust him during any future reconciliation. To which Harry replies, "This all started with them briefing, daily, against my wife with lies to the point of where my wife and I had to run away from our country— my country."

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