PRINCE Harry has sensationally DEFENDED The Crown, telling James Cordon the Netflix show gives a “rough idea” of royal life.
Despite controversial scenes showing his mother Princess Diana’s mental health battles and a somewhat negative portrayal of his father Prince Charles, Harry insisted he is “comfortable” with the show.
Appearing on The Late Late Show, Harry said “They don’t pretend to be news, it’s fictional but it’s loosely based on the truth.
“Of course it’s not strictly accurate, but, loosely, it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.
“I am way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family, or my wife or myself.”
Harry also gave a fascinating insight into his relationship with the Queen during the wide-ranging interview, revealing she gifted her 21-month-old great-grandson Archie a waffle maker for Christmas.
“Interesting, my grandmother asked us what Archie wanted for Christmas, and Meg said a waffle maker. She sent us a waffle maker for Archie.”
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HOW DOES PRINCE HARRY TAKE HIS TEA?
If there is one stereotype about Brits, it’s that we constantly drink cups of tea and refrain from consuming any other liquids – and it would be quite correct.
So how does a royal take his tea?
Prince Harry revealed he enjoys a “splash” of milk and some sugar while sharing a cuppa on a double-decker bus with James Corden.
Corden asked, ” Can I interest you in tea? A little milk and sugar?”
“Yeah, put it all in,” the Duke replied. Just like a true tea connoisseur!
NEVER HAS HE EVER… BEEN ON A DOUBLE-DECKER BUS
The Duke of Sussex revealed he has never been on a double-decker bus before during his appearance on The Late Late Show.
Host James Corden arrived to collect Prince Harry in the open-top bus, to which he remarked, “This is subtle, where’s the Range Rover?”
The 36-year-old told Corden: “This is very nice. It’s the first time I’ve been on an open-top bus…not really allowed to.
“In London, I always see them cruising around with tourists, and thought that would be really good fun because when you live in an area, you never actually go sightseeing. I’ve always wanted to go sightseeing.”
HARRY REVEALS ARCHIE’S FIRST WORD
Prince Harry has revealed that Archie’s first spoken word was “crocodile”.
Speaking to James Corden for The Late Late Show, the Duke of Sussex said: “My son is just over a year and a half. He is hysterical.
“He’s got the most amazing personality. He’s already putting three or four words together, he’s already singing songs,” he said, before sharing that his first word was “Crocodile.”
“Crocodile,” Corden said.
“Three syllables,” Harry replied.
BOOKIES GIVE NAME PREDICTIONS FOR HARRY & MEGHAN’S SECOND BABY
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s second child will be called Diana if it’s a girl and Thomas if it’s a boy, Betvictor has predicted.
The top picks for girl names are: Diana (8/1), Grace (10/1), Isabella (12/1), Alice (14/1).
The top picks for boy names are: Thomas (11/1), Arthur (12/1), Albert 14/1, Phillip (20/1).
MP SLAMS SPOTIFY AND ARCHEWELL AUDIO DEAL
An MP slammed Spotify for its reported £30 million podcast deal with Meghan and Harry amid the struggle of thousands of artists.
Winchester MP and former junior health minister Steve Brine said the megabucks deal “sticks in the craw of some of the artists who are driving Uber cars right now to pay the rent”, as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc upon the entertainment industry.
“Like a lot of our services, there is a market for certain talent because they command a certain amount of consumption.
“We don’t get to negotiate directly with artists the way we negotiate with podcasters or people who create podcasts so the structure of that market is very different.”
PRINCE PHILLIP’S HILARIOUS ZOOM HABIT
Despite their frosty departure from the royal family, it seems the Sussexes remain close to their relations,.
Prince Harry candidly discussed his family members during his chat with James Corden, gushing about his grandmother, the Queen, purchasing his son Archie a waffle maker for Christmas.
He revealed both the Queen and Prince Philip are able to use Zoom, meaning they have “seen Archie running around”.
“But my grandfather, instead of pressing leave meeting he just goes,” Harry says while laughing, before mimicking closing a laptop.
“I am like ‘bye’ as I’m pressing – and he just goes.”
MEG AND HARRY’S WHIRLWIND ROMANCE
Prince Harry detailed he and wife Meghan Markle’s love story, revealing that they “went from zero to 60 in the first two months”.
“It wasn’t so much where we went but the fact we hit it off with each other, and we were just so comfortable in each other’s company,” he said.
“Dating me or any member of the Royal Family is kind of flipped upside down. All the dates become dinners or watching the TV or chatting at home.”
The couple spent “an enormous time” getting to know each other which Harry described as “an amazing thing”.
WHO WOULD HARRY LIKE TO PLAY HIM?
After host James Corden enquired who Harry would like to see portray him on screen, he declared “Damian Lewis”, without hesitation.
The 50-year-old redhead is best known for his roles in Homeland and Band of Brothers.
Corden agreed with the Duke and even joked that he himself may be a good choice for the role of Prince William.
WHAT DOES HARRY THINK OF THE CROWN?
Prince Harry discussed the Netflix hit series The Crown, that details the exploits and scandals of his family and has ruffled a few royal feathers.
He defended the show, saying: “They don’t pretend to be news – it’s fictional. But it’s loosely based on the truth.
“Of course it’s not strictly accurate, but it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle – the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else – what can come from that,” he continued.
“I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family, or my wife or myself.”
SUSSEXES PLUG ARCHEWELL AUDIO
Harry and Meghan released a 20-second video earlier this week to promote their Archewell Audio podcast that is launching on Spotify.
The deal, rumoured to be worth up to £30 million, will provide a platform for the Sussexes to “use podcasting to drive powerful conversations”, according to Meghan.
Harry proudly said the content will “inspire, challenge and educate” its listeners.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, continued: “We created Archwell audio to make sure we can elevate voices that maybe aren’t being heard and hear people’s stories.”
MEGS PINK SAPPHIRE RING – WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Meghan Markle sent fans into a frenzy after she sported a pink sapphire ring, seemingly hinting at her new baby’s gender.
She wore the Canadian-made £862 sustainable pink sapphire ring for her first appearance since quitting the royal family.
The ring is created using recycled gold and ethically-sourced diamonds from the Canadian brand Ecksand.
Fans believe her bling is a nod to the Sussexes second child being a girl.
She previously sported the ring at the 2019 Endeavour Awards during her pregnancy with son Archie.
WHAT DOES POST-LOCKDOWN LOOK LIKE FOR THE SUSSEXES?
Harry discussed his plans post-lockdown with James Corden, touching on how he will adapt to no longer being working members of the royal family.
The segment was filmed before the announcement from Buckingham Palace, but he foreshadows the decision by saying, “I will never walk away, I will always be contributing. My life is public service.”
In terms of the royal family, he said he “was never walking away, it was stepping back rather than stepping down.”
He added, “My life is always going to be about public service and Meghan signed up to that.”
WHAT IS MEG AND HARRY’S IDEA OF A NORMAL NIGHT IN?
When discussing family life on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Prince Harry described a simple blueprint for his perfect night in.
He said, “Depending on how the day’s been, how busy it’s been, we’ll do Archie’s tea, give him a bath, read him a book, put him down.
“Go downstairs, Meg might cook a meal, might order a takeaway. Go upstairs, sit in bed, turn the TV on and watch some Jeopardy, maybe watch a little bit of Netflix.”
THE QUEEN’S QUIRKY CHRISTMAS GIFT TO ARCHIE
Prince Harry has revealed what the Queen gifted his son Archie for Christmas – a waffle maker.
The Duke explained: “Interesting, my grandmother asked us what Archie wanted for Christmas, and Meg said a waffle maker. She sent us a waffle maker for Archie
It has since sparked a waffle frenzy in the Sussex household: “Breakfast now, Meg makes up a beautiful organic mix. In the waffle maker, flip it, out it comes. He loves it. And now I have waffles for breakfast.
“A bit of yoghurt, a bit of jam on top, I don’t know if that’s the right thing to do. A bit of berries, maybe, a bit of honey, a bit of syrup.
“Archie wakes up in the morning and literally just goes: Waffle? Done.”
Prince Harry boasted about his “amazing” son with Meghan Markle, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
He told James Corden: “My son is now just over a year and a half.
“He is hysterical, he’s got the most amazing personality. He’s already putting three, four words together, he’s already singing songs.”
The Duke of Sussex also revealed Archie’s first word was “Crocodile, three syllables,” to which Corden said, “Crocodile? That’s a big word.”
WHAT IS MEGHAN WEARING ON THE LATE LATE SHOW?
During her candid appearance via video call on James Corden’s The Late Late Show, Meghan joked about the couple purchasing the mansion featured in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
The Duchess sported a $29 soft blue smocked dress for the appearance, from local boutique Velvet Torch.
She also wore a matching blue heptagon pendant necklace.
WILL MEG SPEAK ABOUT HER OWN FAMILY FEUD?
Meghan Markle is expected to discuss her long-running family feud involving her father Thomas’ side of the family.
It comes after This Morning host Holly Willoughby revealed Oprah’s team had been in touch with ITV to request the footage of an interview with Meg’s half-sister, Samantha Markle.
Willoughby said, “We don’t know whether or not they used that in the interview, but what we do know is nothing was off limits.”
Samantha said the Sussexes owed their father Thomas an apology, for “incredibly wrong, untoward, and shocking” behaviour ahead of the royal wedding in the interview broadcast in January 2020.
BIDDING WARS FOR OPRAH INTERVIEW
A bidding war began between UK broadcasters over the rights to air the highly-anticipated Oprah interview with Prince Harry and Meghan.
ITV seem to be the main contender, although a spokesman declined to comment on reports of its position.
ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, who are selling the programme overseas, want the interview to be widely accessible in the UK and is rumoured to favour a free-to-air broadcaster.
The BBC, Sky, Netflix, and Amazon Prime are thought to be out of the running.
WHEN CAN YOU WATCH THE OPRAH INTERVIEW?
Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special will be broadcast in the US on March 7.
The “intimate conversation” will be available to stream on the internet the following day in the UK.
Meghan will discuss “stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood” and her “handling life under intense public pressure”, according to CBS.
SUSSEXES HAVE SEEN NETFLIX’S ‘THE CROWN’
Prince Harry admitted he has seen The Crown, the Netflix series illustrating the scandals of royal life, a series that has notoriously ruffled royal feathers.
He seemlingly defended its plot and the portrayal of certain characters to James Corden on The Late Late Show, explaining: “It’s loosely based on the truth.
“Of course, it’s not strictly accurate but it loosely gives you an idea of that lifestyle and the pressures of putting duty and service above everything else and what can come from that.”
UK WAS ‘DESTROYING’ HARRY’S MENTAL HEALTH
During the chat on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Prince Harry opened up and revealed the pressure of London was “destroying my mental health”.
“It was never walking away. It was stepping back rather than stepping down. It was a really difficult environment, which I think a lot of people saw,” he explained.
“So I did what any father or husband would do and thought: “How do I get my family out of here”. But we never walked away and as far as I’m concerned, whatever decisions are made on that side, I will never walk away,” referring to his recent official departure from the royal family,
HARRY’S THE BEL-AIR BOY
Prince Harry will appear on The Late Late Show with James Corden after the Brit comic beat Oprah Winfrey to the punch for an exclusive interview.
Harry raps the theme tune to The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air outside the mansion where it was set, imitating the star of the show Will Smith, before Corden video calls his wife, Meghan.
She tells “Haz” not to buy the house as she’s “done moving”, before the Prince nips inside to use the toilet.
MEGHAN’S CO-STAR PATRICK J. ADAMS OPENS UP ABOUT THEIR ‘CLOSE RELATIONSHIP’
Before she married into the Royal Family, Meghan Markle was best known for her role as paralegal Rachel Zane in the hit US legal drama Suits.
Rachel’s love interest in the show Mike was played by Patrick J. Adams – who attended the Royal Wedding in April 2018 with his wife Troian Bellisario.
Discussing his relationship with Meghan, Patrick told the Hollywood Reporter in 2018: “In some ways, Meghan and I were the closest because we were the youngest people in the cast and both came in with the least experience.
“We grew up together over the course of the show.”
PRINCE HARRY IS DEVELOPING AMERICAN ACCENT LIKE MEGHAN’S, EXPERT CLAIMS
Jennifer Dorman, expert sociolinguist at language learning app Babbel, analysed Archewell Audio’s first podcast and claimed Harry is starting to mimic his wife’s voice.
She told Cosmopolitan: “The expression ‘You guys’ comes up, an American phrase that Harry used to address listeners in both the podcast teaser and during the podcast.
“In the premiere episode, he even uses the typically American term ‘awesome’ – something which elicits a giggle from his American wife when used.
“Harry says things like ‘love always wins’ and ‘the power within us’: two very positive, uplifting phrases which many of us would associate with the optimistic attitude of our cousins over the pond.”
Although Jennifer suggests Harry could be using these phrases to “be understood better by the American press”, she also claims his language has been influenced by how much time he is spending with his wife.
MEGHAN AND HARRY’S INDEPENDENT WORK WAS A ‘DEAL-BREAKER’ FOR THE QUEEN
Appearing on the Heirpod podcast, Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie claimed The Queen stripped Harry and Meghan of their patronages as a result of their lucrative deals with Spotify and Netflix.
He explained: “As much as Harry and Meghan had hoped to continue their work with as many of these organisations as possible, [they have] a portfolio of independence in diverse which includes production deals with Netflix and Spotify.
“And of course setting up their Archewell foundation, a non-profit alongside it.
“They are all ended up being deal breakers for the Queen and senior aides involved in the discussion.”
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