Gabor Maté, Prince Harry’s interview partner, has expressed regret for participating in a book promotion deal tied to the Duke of Sussex’s memoir, “Spare,” where people were required to purchase the book to access their conversation.
According to a report by GB News, Maté, a renowned trauma specialist, admitted that he disregarded his initial reservations about the arrangement, which he perceived as unfair and opportunistic.
In September 2023, Maté and Prince Harry engaged in a candid discussion about trauma, healing, and mental health as part of the book launch for Harry’s revealing autobiography. The interview was hosted by BetterUp, a coaching and mental health company where Harry has served as chief impact officer since March 2023.
However, the interview was not made available to the public for free. Instead, it was offered as a bonus for those who pre-ordered Harry’s book through BetterUp’s website. Maté expressed discomfort with this condition but ultimately agreed to it.
“I had a gut feeling all along that I shouldn’t agree to do it the way they set it up,” Maté told GB News. “The way it was set up was, in order to watch it people had to buy a copy of Harry’s book, and I thought this is not fair. Four million people have already bought the book, so why can’t they watch this interview? Do they have to buy another copy?”
Maté believed that the interview should have been a “free public service” accessible to millions of individuals grappling with trauma and mental health issues. His motivation stemmed from the opportunity to engage in a “very interesting conversation” with Harry, who has been open about his own challenges and experiences.
“So, I didn’t follow my gut feelings, I lost myself even in agreeing to the format,” Maté conceded.
Maté’s revelation comes amidst mounting criticism directed at Harry and Meghan Markle for their recent engagements and projects. The couple, who relocated to California in 2020 after stepping back from their royal roles, have secured lucrative deals with major entertainment platforms, including Netflix, Spotify, and Apple TV+, and have launched their own foundation, Archewell.
In September 2021, Harry and Meghan visited a school in Harlem, New York, where Meghan read her children’s book, “The Bench,” to a class of seven-year-olds. This visit sparked controversy when it was revealed that the Sussexes had asked the school to sign a non-disclosure agreement prohibiting negative commentary about the couple or their book.
Furthermore, Harry and Meghan have faced allegations of hypocrisy for championing environmental causes while utilizing private jets and residing in a lavish mansion. Their relationship with the royal family has also deteriorated following their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, during which they made serious allegations of racism and neglect within the family.
Prince Harry’s memoir, “Spare,” co-written with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist J.R. Moehringer, is slated for release in late 2023. The book promises an “honest and captivating personal portrait” of Harry’s life, from his childhood to military service, marriage, and fatherhood. However, some royal experts caution that the book may further strain Harry’s relationships with his family and the British public.