Media icon Katie Couric is prepping the release of her new book, Going There, which early readers previewed to find the 64-year-old news anchor tearing into celebrities and friends with offensive comments and stories of their past. One such story involves an old interview with her new co-worker, Prince Harry.
In her new tell-all memoir, Katie Couric said that when she once sat for an interview with Prince Harry, the scent of alcohol and cigarettes seemed to “ooze from every pore of his body.”
The two are set to work together on the board of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder, a six-month task force meant to study misinformation in America.
Katie Couric went on to mention that she first met him at a polo match in Brazil, in what she labeled his “wild-oats sowing phase.”
For many, the comments seemed offensive and quite mean-spirited, especially since Prince Harry’s younger days of partying are already well-documented. The Prince would later discuss that he had a very difficult time processing trauma from the tragic loss of his mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car crash when he was just 12 years old.
This past March, in an announcement for his other gig at BetterUp life coaching, Harry said that, “losing my mom at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well.”
Since marrying Meghan Markle, Prince Harry has been more open about his emotions, and how the royal family and the media have both treated his relationship to the American actress. More could possibly be revealed in an upcoming memoir from Harry himself.
Going There doesn’t stop at Prince Harry, however, as Katie Couric uses her new tell-all to potentially burn more bridges.
Over 500 pages, the former television anchor rips into Martha Stewart, Larry King, Deborah Norville, and countless enemies and rivals throughout her storied career.
“Couric is unsparing in the details of her historic move to the anchor chair at the CBS Evening News,” her publisher wrote. “a world rife with sexism and misogyny.”
“Her ‘welcome’ was even more hostile at 60 Minutes, an unrepentant boys club that engaged in outright hazing of even the most established women,” the press release continued. “In the wake of the MeToo movement, Couric shares her clear-eyed reckoning with gender inequality and predatory behavior in the workplace, and downfall of Matt Lauer—a colleague she had trusted and respected for more than a decade.”
She describes being fought with an “insurgency” akin to how the world treated Hillary Clinton when she moved from The TODAY Show to CBS Evening News, and that she even had to have a cut-throat attitude toward her female co-workers.
The former TV presenter paints a media world that pitted women against each other, forcing Katie Couric to form a ruthless personality. It’s possible that this resentment carried over into her interviews, as many are finding that Katie’s “insights” are more offensive than funny.
In Going There, Katie Couric wrote that Martha Stewart was only able to “develop a sense of humor” after a “healthy humbling” amount of prison time.
She said that Deborah Norville, whom she replaced on The TODAY Show, had a “relentless perfection” and a “relatability problem” that turned off viewers. When Norville had to leave for two months on maternity leave, Couric filled her spot, and she never left. She also said that she had to cold-shoulder Ashleigh Banfield at NBC News, because she had to “protect her turf.”
“Someone younger and cuter was always around the corner,” she revealed. “For a minute there, Ashleigh Banfield was the next big thing; I’d heard her father was telling anyone who’d listen that she was going to replace me. In that environment, mentorship sometimes felt like self-sabotage.”
Even more stories, such as an awkward date with Michael Jackson and a peek into Katie Couric’s love life, will be revealed when Going There, her tell-all memoir, is released on Oct. 26.