Royals ‘worried’ anything they tell Harry ‘will just be on Netflix’, says expert

There's "no way back" for Prince Harry after he severed ties with the Royal Family, an expert said.

The Duke of Sussex revealed in a hotly debated TV appearance that he was eager to have a relationship with King Charles and Prince William after he stepped down from royal duties and distanced himself from the Firm in 2020.

"I would like to get my father back, I would like to have my brother back," Harry said in a first look at the upcoming ITV interview, set to air on January 8.

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"They’ve shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile," he added.

But speaking to US Weekly, royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti said the damage has been done after Harry and wife Meghan Markle "fought hard to attack" the royals.

Sacerdoti said: "It seems to me like he’s acknowledging there’s no way back from this.

"He said he wants his brother back, he wants his father back. I think that seems a bit rich, to be honest, because Meghan [Markle] and Harry have done everything they could to alienate themselves from their family.

"I think they’ve really fought quite hard to attack the family."

The journalist added that peace talks between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their estranged royal relatives had been made difficult thanks to Harry and Meghan's Netflix deal and swathe of tell-all interviews in recent years.

"I would say they’re not likely to be having complex or emotional discussions behind the scenes, because if anyone’s leaking things, it does seem to come more from Harry and Meghan’s side," Sacerdoti added.

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"So, should the king or the future king – that is to say Charles or William – have anything to say in private, they’re probably very afraid to because they’re worried that it will just be on Netflix or on Spotify or in a book or told to Gayle King or to Anderson Cooper.

"I don’t think that is how you make peace within any family, but one that’s so in the public eye, so much under the public gaze, I don’t think it stands any chance."

Harry sat down with presenter Tom Brady to film the snippet ahead of the release of his new memoir, Spare, and added that he wants a "family, not an institution".

The biography is set to hit shelves on January 10 after numerous delays.

A source previously told The Sunday Times that the long-awaited biography, ghostwritten by JR Moehringer, is "tough on William in particular" and "even Kate [Middleton] gets a bit of a broadside" – while the King comes off better than expected.

And this will not be the first time Harry has taken aim at his big brother – even the book's title is a reference to Harry's place in the line of succession behind the Prince of Wales.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's recent six-part documentary, Harry & Meghan, also saw the pair criticise the heir to the throne.

The six-part sensation – Netflix's most successful documentary launch to date – was also harsh on the Prince of Wales, as Harry detailed moments he became "terrified" of his brother.

"It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me and my father say things that simply weren’t true, and my grandmother quietly sit there and sort of take it all in," Harry said.

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