Prince Charles’s biographer has accused the Duke and Duchess of Sussex of ‘vicious, cruel and horribly self-serving’ behaviour over their infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Jonathan Dimbleby said it was a ‘great shame’ that the couple went ahead with the broadcast earlier this year.
Speaking at the Buxton International Festival in Derbyshire this week, the veteran broadcaster, 76, said: ‘I think that the interview was a very great shame.
‘I think it did great damage of a kind that was undeserved to the royal household and specifically to the Queen and her family.’
Prince Charles’s biographer Jonathan Dimbleby (left at Highgrove House to film the 1994 interview with the Prince of Wales) has accused the Duke and Duchess of Sussex of ‘vicious, cruel and horribly self-serving’ behaviour over their infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey
Mr Dimbleby, whose father Richard became the first journalist to interview a member of the Royal Family in a 1961 Panorama broadcast with Prince Philip, said he had met Harry ‘in the past when he was young’.
He said his recollections of Harry were of a ‘charming, very nice’ man ‘who had served very well in the armed forces’.
But he said he was ‘very disappointed’ with his subsequent behaviour, adding: ‘I felt he was being led by the nose a bit by his wife.’
The Oprah chat, which drew in a worldwide audience of more than 50million, was ‘vicious, cruel and horribly self-serving’, the historian said.
‘Harry’s remarks about his father, I simply fail to understand. I think there are certain things you should say and do in private,’ he added.
‘I believe a lot of the insinuations he made were not consistent with fact.’
Jonathan Dimbleby said it was a ‘great shame’ that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan went ahead with the broadcast earlier this year
Mr Dimbleby conducted the explosive 1994 television interview with the Prince of Wales in which he admitted his affair with Camilla and also wrote Prince of Wales: A Biography in the same year.
In the interview with Charles, which came the year before Princess Diana’s interview with shamed BBC journalist Martin Bashir, the prince was asked if he tried to be ‘faithful and honourable’ to Diana.
He said: ‘Yes, absolutely.’ But, under further questioning, Charles added: ‘Yes... until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.’
The Oprah chat, which drew in a worldwide audience of more than 50million, was ‘vicious, cruel and horribly self-serving’, Mr Dimbleby said
Mr Dimbleby, who was launching a new history volume, Barbarossa, about Hitler’s failed invasion of Russia during the Second World War, said he decided to ask Charles about his infidelity in the 1994 interview because of ‘huge speculation’.
He said the ‘whole project’ would have been undermined ‘if I didn’t ask a question about whether he’d been unfaithful’ to Princess Diana.
Mr Dimbleby, whose interview with the Prince of Wales was part of an ITV documentary Charles: The Private Man, The Public Role, said: ‘It was part of a 90-minute documentary about his public life.
‘There was huge speculation about his relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles.’