Prince Harry has appeared to tactically swerve addressing his cocaine usage during his ITV interview.
Viewers of Harry: The Interview have accused Tom Bradby of not pushing the Duke of Sussex enough, not least on an excerpt from his new book Spare, in which he discusses taking drugs.
According to some social media users, Harry was given too much of an easy ride as he promotes Spare ahead of its Tuesday (January 10) release date.
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Royal expert Robert Jobson objected to the Prince's understanding of privacy.
The Evening Standard's royal editor responded to the ITV chat, tweeting: "Harry’s not going to share what he would say to William, he tells Tom Bradby. He hopes to speak in ‘private’ to William. 'We (he and his wife) are dedicated to public service'.
"Is Harry for real? How can he talk about privacy after his book. He always wants it both ways."
Leaks from the book were released earlier this week, leading to extraordinary claims from Harry regarding the Royal Family.
Prince Harry's latest confession from his autobiography includes his stunning admission of going on a cocaine and magic mushroom binge in his younger days.
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In the memoir, Harry opens up about smoking cannabis as a student at Eton as well as his experimentation with magic mushrooms.
He wrote: “Of course I had been doing cocaine around this time. At someone’s country house during a hunting weekend, I’d been offered a line, and I’d done a few more since."
Yet when asked about the subject by ITV's Tom Bradbury for Sunday night's ITN-produced sit down chat, Harry completely deflects the question.
Tom says: "There's a fair amount of drugs, um, marijuana, magic mushrooms, cocaine. I mean, that's gonna surprise people."
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"But important to acknowledge," Harry simply replies.
Discussing a journalist piling pressure on Harry as a 17-year-old to go public with a snap of him taking cocaine, Tom presses Harry on whether he believes it was of the public interest.
The Prince deflects: "I think what's a matter of public interest is, is the relationship between the, the Institution with the tabloid media. That to me is more public interest in, anything else."
Brutal and essentially unfair comments include one Twitter user writing: "Real journalist would ask the question again. Should not be his pal conducting this farce."
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A second commented "@tombradby great interviewing by you but Harry avoided so many of your questions like a politician how can he be trusted when he can’t answer a question? And sorry he was very patronising towards you."
One Twitter user appeared less concerned, writing: "Truth is the public doesn't care, his body, his choice, there are so many celebrities out there that take drugs and just get on with life. Doesn't own up to anything?"
Another remarked: "Whatever your thoughts on Prince Harry and what’s he’s saying, we’ve got to applaud @tombradby for carrying out such an insightful interview."
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