Prince Harry discusses ‘stepping back’ from royal family
Prince Harry laid bare his feelings for Megxit almost one year after he officially relinquished his role as full-time working royal, in an episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden. The Duke of Sussex explained he never wanted to walk away from the Royal Family and said “it was stepping back rather than stepping down”.
Speaking to TV host and friend of the Sussexes Mr Corden, Harry said: “As far as I am concerned, whatever decisions are made on that side, I will never walk away, I will always be contributing.
“My life is public service so wherever I am in the world it’s going to be the same thing.”
The Duke said the decision to move abroad with his wife Meghan Markle and son Archie came due to the pressure of constantly being under the spotlight.
He said the media fascination in his family had created a “difficult environment” and was damaging his mental health.
He said he needed to get “my family out of here”, before adding: “But we never walked away”.
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Prince Harry’s words on public service to Mr Corden were filmed before last Friday’s Megxit bombshell.
However, they matched the statement issued by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the wake of the Queen’s announcement on their royal and military patronages.
After the monarch revealed she had asked Meghan and Harry to relinquish their links to associations with a royal link, a spokesman for the Sussexes said: “As evidenced by their work over the past year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role.
“We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Prince Harry and Meghan officially stepped down as senior royals at the end of March last year, a few days after they landed in California to start their new lives.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since appeared in a few summits held remotely to speak about causes close to their heart and have remained in touch with their patronages and organisations they support.
They also stepped out of their home to carry out charity work.
But, before appearing on the Late Late Show, they had yet to make a TV appearance to speak about their personal lives.
This episode of Mr Corden show was filmed earlier this month, when the Duke and the TV host were spotted on the open-air double-decker with a camera crew.
Next month, Prince Harry and Meghan are to speak more about their private life and hopes for the future as they appear in a 90-minute Primetime Special on CBS with Oprah Winfrey.
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Royal Family news: Prince Harry and Meghan now live in California
KATE has had a “slow, steady progression” to becoming an iconic senior royal unlike her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, according to an expert.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, “got a bit of flack” early into her royal career over her reluctance to adopt “exciting” fashion trends, a commentator has claimed.
Bethan Holt, the Telegraph’s fashion news and features director, said that the future queen consort tried to avoid drawing comparisons to Princess Diana Speaking to the Royally Obsessed podcast, the author of ‘The Duchess of Cambridge: A Decade of Modern Royal Style’ broke down Kate’s “long game”.
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Queen Elizabeth II was one of those people, having received her vaccine in January alongside Prince Philip.
The monarch has helped rally people around the jab, speaking about her experience and urging others to follow.
A royal expert claimed Meghan Markle may not be that bothered about losing her royal patronages
Meghan Markle revealed the second nickname she has for husband Prince Harry during a televised video call.
The Duke of Sussex appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden during which he received a tour of Los Angeles from the chat show host. At one point Mr Corden called Meghan from Harry’s phone using FaceTime where she referred to the Prince as “Haz”.
In 2019, whilst on a tour of Africa, Meghan told a reporter she calls Harry ‘H’.
This was broadcast in the ITV documentary ‘Harry & Meghan: An African Journey’.
Harry and Meghan stepped down as working members of the Royal Family in March 2020 and moved to Los Angeles.
However due to the coronavirus pandemic the Prince has had limited opportunities to see the city so he was shown around by Mr Corden on an open top bus.
Prince Philip, 99, is due to spend several more days at King Edward VII’s hospital in central London while recovering from an infection.
The Duke of Edinburgh was visited by Prince Charles who travelled from his home in Gloucestershire for the visit.
Former press secretary to the Queen, Dickie Arbiter, has claimed that the Duke spoke to Charles about the future of the monarchy.
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Mr Myers argued that, while most patronages only get a handful of royal visits, there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes.
This work needs to be in the royal bubble with Palace aides and courtiers to work on it, so it would have been challenging for the Sussexes to keep up outside of that structure.
Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in May 2018
The monarch, a life-long horse lover, usually attends the event along with other members of the Royal Family.
In the past she has been snapped speaking to competitors and petting their horses and ponies.
And in 2018 she took her seat inside the judges’ box and looked on as riders and their horses took part in a dressage competition.
Meghan caught the Queen “off guard” with the announcement of her pregnancy, according to Royal author Katie Nicholl.
Meghan and Prince Harry announcement earlier this month that they are expecting their second child earlier.
Palace insider Ms Nicholls has insisted the surprise statement made on Valentine’s Day, blindsided the Monarchy and should the Duke and Duchess of Sussex weren’t working with Buckingham Palace.
The Royal Correspondent told Royal Beat producers the news of another grandchild caught the Queen “off-guard.”
Author and Vanity Fair writer Katie Nicholl tells the programme: “I think The Palace felt off guard about the pregnancy announcement [and] the Oprah announcement.
“It was clear that the Sussex’s were working as a machine in their own right – they weren’t working with the Palace. [Buckingham Palace] had made their minds up.
“They didn’t need until the 31 st of March to make that statement.
“My understanding from the sources that I have spoken to at the Palace was that they would [release it] earlier and bring an end to all this speculation.”
Buckingham Palace sources have criticised the timing of the release of Prince Harry’s interview with James Corden, coming just hours after the Queen’s plea to Britons in favour of the vaccination campaign against COVID-19.
Palace sources branded “unhelpful” the timing of the Duke of Sussex’s first TV appearance after Megxit.
According to insiders, the release of Prince Harry’s interview with his friend and TV host Mr Corden has created “disquiet” at Buckingham Palace.
One source made it clear there is a tacit agreement within the Royal Family when it comes to leaving the spotlight to the Queen.
They told the Daily Mail: “When the Queen speaks as she has done about the vaccine it is accepted that she has a clear field”.
A senior royal source openly criticised the “lack of coordination” which has led Harry’s interview to overlap with the monarch’s plea to Britons over getting a vaccination against COVID-19.
They said: “This blurring of the lines doesn’t help anyone.
“When the Queen speaks like this it is her message that should be heard without other distractions.
“This lack of coordination is unhelpful.”
Prince Harry was at the centre of debate on This Morning today as Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond welcomed royal expert Camilla Tominey onto the ITV show to discuss his new interview with talk show host James Corden.
Hosts Dermot and Alison were keen to hear Camilla’s thoughts on the move by Prince Harry as he and Meghan are also penned in for a high-profile chat with Oprah Winfrey in the not-so-distant future.
“It’s an interesting rewriting of history,” Camilla began. “If you think of the Megxit statement.”
Camilla then claimed Harry and Meghan’s step into the spotlight is part of their plans to almost dictate how they’re perceived in the press.
“This is about press controls and saying we want publicity but only if it’s favourable to us,” Camilla said.
She warned: “Whenever there is a story about someone high profile….that’s a two-sided story, you can’t just give one side.
“We know the Queen is saddened and disappointed – you can’t just ignore that side because they claim they were unfairly treated [by the press].”
Prince Harry ‘looked uncomfortable’ in Corden chat says expert
Queen Elizabeth II, 94, opened up about her own coronavirus vaccine experience as well as urging the nation to take it up when they get the offer.
She also revealed that her experience was positive after she received the jab back in January.
Body language expert Judi James told Express.co.uk that the monarch expresses her own opinions in the virtual call, something which is unusual for Royal Family members.
The expert explained: “It is wonderful to see that, at the age of ninety-four and after a life spent suppressing her own opinions in public, the Queen finally allows herself to let rip here with a powerful broadside about people who refuse to have ‘the jab’.
“We can see that HM’s involvement in this conversation is stronger than in many of her video meetings and we can also see subtle body language signs that she is about to join in as a participant rather than just a remote royal visitor.
“The Queen’s eye-gaze is intense as she listens to the people speaking on screen, but there is also a steady increase in her blink-rate that can often signal building anger or strong feelings as she listens.”
Royal Family news: The Queen took part in a video call to urge Britons to get vaccinated
Prince Harry revealed his son Archie Harrison’s first word in a new TV interview with chat show host and comedian James Corden.
Speaking on an open-top double-decker bus tour in LA, the Duke told Mr Corden: “My son is now over a year and a half, he is hysterical, he’s got the most amazing personality, he’s already putting two, three words together, he’s already singing songs.
“His first word was ‘crocodile’, three syllables.”
He also revealed the Queen had bought Archie a waffle maker for Christmas, saying: “Interestingly, my grandmother asked us what Archie wanted for Christmas and Meg said a waffle maker, she sent us a waffle maker for Archie so breakfast now, Meg makes up a beautiful organic mix, in the waffle maker, flip it, out it comes, he loves it.
“Archie literally wakes up in the morning and says ‘waffle’.”
Royal Family news: Prince Harry opened up on his blossoming romance with Meghan Markle with Corden
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went from “went from zero to 60” in the early days of their romance, the Duke has admitted.
The Duke of Sussex opened up about the start of their relationship as he joined James Corden on The Late Late Show.
Harry insisted dating as a member of the Royal Family is “flipped upside down”.
The Duke told Cordon early dates are at home and only when they are a couple do they go out in public.
Harry said: “We got to spend an enormous amount of time just the two of us.
“There were no distractions, and that was great, it was an amazing thing.
“We went from zero to 60 in the first two months.”
8.06am update: Prince Harry speaks about what his life after Megxit will be like
Prince Harry was asked by James Corden during his Late Late Show what he expects life to be like now that he has relocated to California and what he is excited for it to be after Megxit once lockdown is over.
He answered: “I have no idea, a slightly different version but a continuation of what we were doing back in the UK anyway.
“My life is always going to be about public service.
“Meghan signed up to that, and the two of us enjoy doing that – trying to bring some compassion, trying to make people happy and trying to change the world in any small way we can.”