Anderson Cooper, who broke the story of Prince Harry major US interview for his memoir Spare, lost a parent at a young age and experienced additional loss in his early twenties.
Tonight, CBS will air Prince Harry’s interview with American journalist Anderson Cooper, which took place in advance of the release of Harry’s controversial memoir, Spare.
The Duke of Sussex will speak with the CNN heavyweight immediately following Harry’s ITV interview, and their previews have already teased more explosive revelations about the “leaking and planting of stories” against the prince and his now-wife, Meghan Markle.
Both 38-year-old Harry and 55-year-old Anderson have been marked by tragedy, having lost a parent at a young age. They both come from extremely privileged backgrounds, but that hasn’t prevented them from experiencing heartbreak nonetheless. Anderson is descended from the Vanderbilts of New York City on his mother’s side. The Vanderbilts were a wealthy family during the Gilded Age thanks to Cornelius Vanderbilt’s shipping and railroad businesses.
Anderson’s father, the author Wyatt Emory Cooper, passed away at age 50 in 1978, during open heart surgery, when Anderson was just 10 years old.
As Anderson explained to his father, “gave me confidence in my own worth and the importance of my own thoughts
“That gave me a sense of self-assurance I wouldn’t have had before.”
Now that I’m 48 years old, he continued, “50 seems pretty young.” He had previously thought that was old age.
When Princess Diana, Harry’s mom, passed away in a car crash at age 36 in 1997, he was just 12 years old.
Anderson’s older brother Carter committed suicide at the age of 23 in 1988 by jumping off the roof of the penthouse apartment they shared with their mother Gloria.
Anderson expressed the emotional toll of loss on his life in 2016, saying: “The experience of loss alters you forever. Especially if you lose a parent when you’re still young. After this, everything looks different. An increased threat.” Because of my father’s death, I’ve become someone very different from who I was meant to be “What Cooper Said.
That’s what he told me, “The opposite, please, because this is very unfortunate. What’s more, I’ve benefited greatly from developing a strong sense of independence.”
His mother “relived it constantly” after his older brother’s death, he said of her in November. She passed away in 2019 at the age of 95.
With Christiane Amanpour, Anderson stated: “Always in her mind, she was reliving it. For the rest of her life, she would constantly go over that moment in her mind.”