The Duke of Sussex has defended Netflix series The Crown, revealing that the Queen sent year-old Archie a waffle iron for Christmas in an interview with James Corden for The Late Late Show.
When Prince Harry appeared on the US television show, he also spoke about his life in Los Angeles, California, and his and Meghan’s hopes of changing the world “in a small way” when he criticized the “toxic” British press.
Of the Crown miniseries, which has been criticized for blurring facts with fiction, Harry said, “It’s fictional. But it’s loosely based on the truth. Of course it’s not accurate. “But there was a“ rough idea ”of the pressures to“ put duty and service above family and everything else, ”he said.
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“I’m much more comfortable with The Crown than with stories written about my family or my wife. The [The Crown] is obviously fiction, take it what you want. But this is reported as fact because you are supposedly news. I have a real problem with that, ”he said.
Harry also revealed how his and Meghan’s relationship went from “zero to 60” in the first two months because they were forced to spend so much time alone together. While dating, Harry said, “It’s kind of upside down. All dates become dinner or television and chatting at home. Then when you’re a couple, you end up venturing out to dinner, the movies, and everything else.
“Everything was done with us from back to front. So we had to spend a tremendous amount of time just on the two of us … And that was great, an amazing thing. “
Archie’s first word was “crocodile – three syllables,” he told Corden, and his son was already putting together “three / four words” and singing songs. When the Queen asked what Archie wanted for Christmas, Meghan said a waffle iron that Her Majesty dutifully sent.
The Queen and Prince Philip regularly see Archie through Zoom, he added.
A regular night out for the couple is bathing Archie, reading a book after Meghan may cook, or ordering a takeaway before watching TV in bed.
It’s not clear if the interview was taped prior to last week’s announcement that the couple would not return as working royals, and their statement that “service is universal,” angered critics who deemed it disrespectful to the queen .
But Harry said to Corden, “My life is always about public service. Meghan has joined in, and we both like to do this, trying to bring compassion, make people happy, and change the world in the little ways we can. “
He stressed that he had not left the royal family. “It was more of a step backwards than a resignation.” The British press created a “difficult environment” that was “toxic” and “damaged my sanity”.
“So I did what any husband would do what any father would do. It’s like, “I have to get my family out of here.” But we never left. “He added,” I will never go away. I will always contribute. My life is public service. “
Meghan shows up on a video call calling him “Haz” as he and Corden tour the mansion used in the 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. Said by Corden that it would be the “perfect house” for the couple, Meghan laughs: “I think we have moved enough.”