Prince Harry: How Australians who want to scrap the monarchy have reacted


Sunday January 8th at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX 

Pictured: Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex interviewed by Tom Bradby in California.

ITV will show an exclusive interview with Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, next Sunday in which he will talk in-depth to Tom Bradby, journalist and ITV News at Ten presenter, covering a range of subjects including his personal relationships, never-before-heard details surrounding the death of his mother, Diana, and a look ahead at his future. 

The 90 minute programme, produced by ITN Productions for ITV, will be broadcast two days before Prince Harry’s autobiography ‘Spare’ is published on 10 January, by Transworld.

The book has been billed by publisher Penguin Random House as “a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief”.

Filmed in California, where Harry now lives, Harry: The Interview, sees the Prince go into unprecedented depth and detail on life in and out of the Royal Family.

Speaking to Tom Bradby, who he has known for more than 20 years, Prince Harry shares his personal story, in his own words.

Michael Jermey, ITV Director of News and Current Affairs, said: “It is extremely rare for a member of the Royal Family to speak so openly about their experience at the heart of the institution. 

“Tom Bradby’s interview with Prince Harry will be a programme that everyone with an informed opinion on the monarchy should want to watch.
Harry during a recent interview with ITV to promote his new memoir, Spare. (ITV)

New polling has shown that republican sentiment is growing in Australia following a controversial period for the Royal Family, which has seen them come under fire for serious allegations made by Prince Harry in his new memoir, Spare, and his Netflix documentary series.

The poll, undertaken on behalf of the Sydney Morning Herald, showed that in the last few months there has been an increase of those who would favour becoming a republic and removing King Charles as head of state.

When the Queen died in September, 35% of those polled wanted a republic, but now this figure sits at 40% — 22% of these consider themselves "strongly in favour" of a republic and 18% are "somewhat in favour".

The poll also asked respondents whether the recent release of projects from the Sussexes had affected their view of remaining a constitutional monarchy, 21% of them said it had impacted their opinions.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried into The Palace of Westminster by guardsmen from The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The Queen's death last September is reported to have created a temporary uplift in support for the monarchy in Australia. (Getty Images) (Christopher Furlong via Getty Images)

Twice as many said that the memoir, documentary series and related promotional interviews had affected their opinion of the royals negatively than positively.

Some 14% said that these recent projects had made them more inclined towards Australia becoming a republic, and 7% it had made them "less likely to support a republic". The majority – 62% – say Harry's PR blitz has had no influence on their view.

Harry's book in particular paints a picture of a family in the midst of dysfunction — at least from his perspective – but it remains unclear as to why some Australians have turned against the royals.

It could be they have reacted negatively to the way Harry has made a series of revelations about the royals, which some have argued is hypocritical given his condemnation of palace aides and family members he claims have leaked stories about him to the press

Equally, the unflattering allegations Harry has made about the behaviour of senior members of the family – such as William and Camilla – may have turned some Australians away from the monarchy.

Harry and Meghan (Netflix)
Harry and Meghan's Netflix documentary provided insight into the couple's private life and exit from the Royal Family. (Netflix) (Courtesy of Prince Harry and Meghan; Courtesy of Prince Harry and MeghanThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex)

Harry accused his stepmother Camilla, the Queen Consort of leaking stories about him and his brother William to the press. He claimed that she was motivated to do so in a bid to rehabilitate her own public image as she undertook a "campaign" to become Queen and move away from the reputation as being the "other woman" in Charles and Diana's marriage.

"Straightaway. Shortly after our private summits with her, she began to play the long game, a campaign aimed at marriage and eventually the Crown. (With Pa’s blessing, we presumed.) Stories began to appear everywhere, in all the papers", Harry wrote.

The Duke of Sussex also accused his brother of physically attacking him during a confrontation they had in 2019 over Meghan.

The palace has refused to comment on the claims made in Harry's memoir.

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