‘Prince Harry’s James Corden chat reminded us of before he was a woke eco-warrior’

‘Prince Harry’s James Corden chat reminded us of before he was a woke eco-warrior’


Prince Harry’s chat with James Corden on that Los Angeles open top bus was the perfect piece of post-Megxit PR.

It was funny, relaxed, and revealing and reminded us of the old Harry – the REAL Harry – before he morphed into a woke, eco-warrior with a millionaire’s mansion and a private jet.

You couldn’t fail to warm to him as he went along with Corden’s “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” gags and asked to use a ­stranger’s throne room for a widdle.

And it was truly touching to hear him talk about Archie, revealing his first word was crocodile and that Great-Granny, the Queen, bought him a waffle maker for Christmas.

That action man assault course at the end reminded everyone of Harry’s courageous Army service and the honorary military roles he treasured but has now had to relinquish.

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And, while it did seem slightly odd that the publicity-shy Duke was suddenly happy to open up to millions of TV viewers, he seemed to speak from the heart.

Harry claims the “toxic” British press were destroying his mental health so he had no option but to leave the UK to protect his wife and son.

But he only ever planned to “step back” from the ­pressures, not away from his royal life and the privileges it afforded.

“My life is always going to be about public service,” he said. “Meghan signed up to that, and the two of us enjoy doing that, trying to bring compassion, trying to make people happy and trying to change the world in the small way that we can.”

Since the outing with Corden was recorded, the Queen made it clear they couldn’t be “half in, half out” royals and removed their remaining patronages.

So there will be intense scrutiny on the Sussexes’ upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey which has been “re-edited” to reflect the now-permanent Megxit.

It is certain to be revealing. But whether it will be as funny and relaxed – for them or the wider Windsor family – ­remains to be seen.

For me, the most telling part of Harry’s chat with Corden was the revelation that he watches The Crown – the Netflix series criticised for blurring drama and reality.

“It’s fictional. But it’s loosely based on the truth,” said Harry.

“And I am way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing stories ­written about my family or my wife.”

It can’t have been very comfortable watching the last series which dramatised Princess Diana’s misery, her bulimia and the very public breakdown of his parents’ marriage.

In fact, it must have brought back awful ­memories of the childhood scarred by his mother’s tragic death.

And it will ­certainly have ­reinforced Harry’s ­conviction that he, and only he, can ­protect his wife from a similar fate.

That is his truth and he will never be able to accept another narrative.

But, seeing the old Harry drinking tea and larking about on a double decker I was truly sad that he’s gone from The Firm forever.

And that we have lost our funny, fresh prince to Bel Air.


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