Prince Harry REFUSES to say he misses Prince Charles and William

My focus is on my OWN family: Prince Harry REFUSES to say he misses his father Prince Charles and brother William and hints he WON’T come to Queen’s jubilee over ‘security fears’ – but insists he remains Her Majesty’s closest confidante

  • Prince Harry sat down with NBC presenter Hoda Kotb in Netherlands for interview which aired on Today show
  • He praised Queen’s ‘great sense of humour’ and said it was ‘really nice to catch up with her’ at recent meeting
  • Duke of Sussex told NBC’s Today: ‘I’m just making sure she’s protected and got the right people around her’ 

Prince Harry today refused to say whether he misses his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William amid their ongoing feud – but insisted that he talks with the Queen ‘about things she can’t talk about with anybody else’.

In his latest interview on US TV, the Duke of Sussex was asked on NBC’s Today about the best thing about his grandmother, and said: ‘Her sense of humour and her ability to see the humour in so many different things. We have a really special relationship. We talk about things that she can’t talk about with anybody else, so that is always a nice peace to her. But I think she’s… I think after a certain age you get bored of birthdays.’ 

And asked whether he would attend her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Britain in June amid the ongoing security row with the Home Office, Harry said: ‘I don’t know yet. There’s lots of things with Security issues and everything else. This is what I’m trying to do, trying to make it possible that I can get my kids to meet her.’ 

But questioned over whether he misses Charles and William, the Duke said: ‘For me at the moment, I’m here focused on these guys [Invictus athletes] and these families and giving everything that I can, 120 per cent to them to make sure they have the experience of a lifetime. That’s my focus here. And when I leave here, I get back and my focus is on my family who I miss massively.’

Buckingham Palace officials have been braced for sensational claims from the Duke of Sussex’s interview, after he said yesterday that he is ‘making sure the Queen is protected and has the right people around her’. 

Harry also praised the monarch’s ‘great sense of humour’ and said it was ‘really nice to catch up with her’ during their supposedly secret meeting last Thursday before he arrived in The Hague for the Invictus Games.

‘Being with her, it was great. It was just so nice to see her, she’s on great form,’ he said in an interview with NBC Today presenter Hoda Kotb while in the Netherlands, where he is currently hosting the tournament.

‘She’s always got a great sense of humour with me and I’m just making sure she’s protected and got the right people around her. Both Meghan and I had tea with her, so it was really nice to catch up with her.’ 

His visit to the Games with Meghan – who has since left The Hague to return to California to look after their two children – was the first time the couple had been seen together publicly on this side of the Atlantic for two years. 

Harry also said in the NBC interview: ‘Home for me now, for the time being, is in the States and it feels that way as well. We’ve been welcomed with open arms and we have such a great community up in Santa Barbara.’  

The couple moved to Montecito area of n Santa Barbara in California following their decision to step down as senior royals in early 2020, saying they wanted a new life of personal and financial freedom.  

Prince Harry spoke to NBC’s Today programme and praised the Queen’s ‘great sense of humour’ during yesterday’s interview

Presenter Hoda Kobt places her arm on Prince Harry’s shoulder during their chat at the Invictus Games in The Hague

But royal correspondent Robert Jobson tweeted: ‘Prince Harry says on US TV he is making sure the Queen is ‘protected and has the right people around her’. How so? I think you’ll find that Prince Charles and Her Majesty’s children and William are DOING just that and supporting the Queen, with actions – and not just words.’

Angela Levin, who wrote the book Harry: Conversations with the Prince, claimed: ‘Harry’s comment on US TV about him checking the Queen is protected is a gross insult to Prince Charles and William. He’s underlined even more that he doesn’t deserve to attend the Jubilee celebrations and be on the Balcony’.

And former Conservative MP David Mellor told GB News: ‘On came the news about Harry saying his granny needs to be protected and I fell about. This was a real comic turn. The most best-paid comedian couldn’t be funnier than that. What is the man on? Or rather what is he off?

‘I mean, you just think to yourself, he is really showing signs. But I think what it is, his life is totally distorted now by becoming a Kardashian-type figure, where he’s surrounded by people who want to photograph him because they’re paying him lots of money for the privilege of filming him, and the Queen becomes important to him only because he has to see the Queen for his credibility on Netflix.’ 

It comes days ahead of the Queen’s 96th birthday tomorrow and just over a year after the funeral of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh. 

The Palace will be concerned that Harry could make further claims about the Royal Family only a year after his infamous interview to Oprah Winfrey on CBS in which he and Meghan accused unnamed royals of racism. 

Harry was not accompanied in the interview by Meghan, who has returned to California to be with their two young children

Harry, Meghan and the Queen watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018

The chat was previewed on NBC Nightly News last night, and will be shown in full on the Today programme later on Wednesday from 12pm UK time (7am Eastern Time)

The interview between Kotb and Harry took place in the Netherlands, where the Duke, 37, is currently hosting the Invictus Games

The Duke of Sussex plays table tennis during day four of the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark in The Hague yesterday

The Duke has a deeply strained relationship with his family – especially his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William – and missed last month’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey for his grandfather Prince Philip.

Harry’s interview with Hoda: Transcript of Tuesday’s preview

HODA: How did it feel being back, being with (the Queen)?

HARRY: Being with her, it was great. It was just so nice to see her, you know, she’s on great form.

She’s always got a great sense of humor with me and I’m making sure she’s protected and got the right people around her.

HODA: You make her laugh, that’s what she always says. Did you do it again?

HARRY: Yes I did. Both Meghan and I had tea with her so it was nice to catch up with her. 

Home for me now is for the time being is in the States and it feels that way as well. 

We’ve been welcomed with open arms and we have such a great community up in Santa Barbara.

Royal aides will be worried about details from a private meeting being divulged, which come on top of fears over what could be contained in his forthcoming memoirs and Netflix documenting his every move at the Games.

The Duke has already been accused in recent days of using his platform at the Games to promote BetterUp, the California mental health start-up for whom he is ‘chief impact officer’ – after the two announced a partnership.

‘Hoda Kotb sat down with Prince Harry to talk about the Invictus Game, his surprise visit with the Queen, and lie with his wife Meghan Markle,’ the Today show wrote on Twitter yesterday, while also sharing an image of Kotb, Harry, and one of the veterans taking part in the sporting event.  

Teasing the interview, Ms Kotb’s co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin added that the Duke of Sussex will also discuss fatherhood and life with his and Meghan’s two children, Archie, two, and 10-month-old Lilibet.  

Meghan will likely not appear in the Today show interview; she has already left the Netherlands and returned home to California in order to reunite with Archie and Lilibet, having confessed to a military veteran at the Invictus Games that she was missing her two children after being separated from them for the longest time since they were born.  

His on-air sit-down marks the latest in a handful of media interviews that he has done since he and Meghan arrived in The Hague on Friday for the start of this year’s Invictus Games. 

On Monday, the father-of-two broke his silence about the couple’s meeting with the Queen while speaking to the BBC, saying that it was ‘great to see her’ and adding that she ‘would have loved’ to have attended the Invictus Games alongside him.  

Kotb, 57, shared several images of herself with Harry on her Twitter account ahead of the interview’s broadcast on Wednesday morning

The interview will see Harry, 37, speaking about his role as a father to Archie, two, and 10-month-old Lilibet, who live in the couple’s $14.5 million mansion in California 


Harry and 40-year-old Meghan (seen left together at the Invictus Games) made a secret visit to the Queen (seen right last month) last week during a quick stop-off in the UK

Prince Harry and 2021 Tokyo Paralympics table tennis silver medalist Thomas Schmidberger play a match of table tennis

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex gets a golf lesson by iSPS Handa ambassador Brendan Lawlor in The Hague yesterday

Harry was handed a seven iron and guided by an instructor was shown how to correctly hold the club in The Hague

Harry, who founded the event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women in 2014, said the 96-year-old monarch ‘had plenty of messages for Team UK’ when he met her at Windsor Castle last week. 

Who is Hoda Kotb? US news anchor set to speak to Prince Harry about his personal life on Today show is a former war correspondent and a breast cancer survivor 

Hoda Kotb is the co-anchor of NBC’s morning show Today, which she has been hosting alongside Savannah Guthrie since January 2018, when she was named as the replacement for disgraced on-air personality Matt Lauer, who was fired by NBC amid allegations of sexual misconduct. 

The 57-year-old’s promotion to anchor came after a 20-year career at NBC, which she began as a correspondent on Dateline, a role that saw her reporting from war-torn areas across the world, including Iraq and Burma, as well as covering major disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in South East Asia.  

In 2007, Kotb was named as the host of Today’s fourth hour – the morning show’s most light-hearted segment. 

During the fourth hour, hosts are known to sip on wine while discussing a variety of lifestyle topics, opening up about their personal lives, and interviewing celebrities in soft sit-downs. 

Prince Harry and Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of NBC’s morning show Today

The mother-of-two – who is a breast cancer survivor – has documented much of her own life on the fourth hour of the show, including her decision to adopt two daughters, her engagement to financier Joel Schiffman, and their recent split.  

Kotb initially co-anchored the segment alongside Kathie Lee Gifford, who then was replaced by former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager – daughter of George W. Bush – in April 2019.  

While Kotb’s interview with Prince Harry is understood to mark the first time the two have spoken on-air, the Today anchor did speak with TV mogul Oprah Winfrey about her bombshell interview with the Sussexes last year – during which the couple made several explosive and damaging allegations about the royal family. 

Two months after the March 2021 sent shockwaves around the world, Harry aired further accusations about his family in an Apple TV+ series about mental health, which he co-created with Winfrey. 

In that show, the Duke accused his father, Prince Charles, of making him ‘suffer’ as a child and alleged that the royal family tried to silence him and Meghan. 

When asked about the ramifications of both on-air appearances by Kotb, Winfrey defended the couple’s decision to speak out, telling the Today anchor that the Sussexes ‘deserve’ to ‘not be intruded and invaded upon’, but claiming that this shouldn’t mean they are unable to speak out about their experiences. 

He added he had passed these onto the team, telling the broadcaster: ‘So, it was great to see her and I’m sure she would love to be here if she could.’ 

There were reports Harry and Meghan had promised the Queen she would meet her great-grandchildren Archie and Lilibet ‘in the near future’ during the ‘very cordial’ secret meeting on Thursday. 

According to The Mirror, senior royal sources described the meeting as ‘very cordial’ and ‘incredibly warm and good natured’. 

One royal biographer has claimed the meeting was a way for Prince Harry to ‘slowly starting to rebuild some bridges’ with his father Prince Charles. 

Harry and Meghan reportedly also opened the door to a return from their $14.5 million mansion in California for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and told her of their plans to visit again so she can spend time with their children.  

While the Queen had the opportunity to meet Archie – who was born while Meghan and Harry were still living in the UK and serving as senior working royals – she has not yet met her great-granddaughter Lilibet, who is named after her. 

Meghan gave birth to Lilibet Diana in June of last year at a hospital near the couple’s Montecito home and they have yet to bring their daughter over to the UK.  

Indeed, the couple’s brief trip to the UK last week marked the first time that Meghan has returned to Britain since she and Harry sensationally quit the royal family in March 2020 – a move that has become widely known as ‘Megxit’. 

Prince Harry has made just a handful of visits to the UK since the couple relocated to California in the wake of Megxit but he chose not to attend Prince Philip’s memorial service, which took place last month – just over two weeks before the Sussexes made their trip to see the Queen.   

His decision to skip the emotional event was met with severe criticism from royal insiders, with Prince Philip’s former protection officer describing Harry’s absence as ‘pathetic’. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remained at their mansion in Montecito while the rest of the royal family, including the Queen despite recent health issues, gathered in London for the poignant event. 

Harry’s absence at the event came amid an ongoing battle about his security; he is currently pursuing a legal challenge against the Home Office in the UK after being told he would no longer be given the ‘same degree’ of personal protective security when visiting from the US, despite offering to pay for it himself.

It is unclear exactly what agreement was reached with regards to security before Meghan and Harry returned to the UK last week. 

However, reports about their meeting with the Queen suggest that the couple is open to attending the Monarch’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. 

Insiders claim that they have been invited to appear at several family events during the multi-day event, including the traditional balcony appearance and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s to celebrate the monarch’s 70 years on the throne. 

As well as doing several interviews during his time at the Games, Harry has also been followed by a crew of cameramen from Netflix, which is making a documentary about the sporting event as part of the Sussexes reported multi-million pound deal with the streaming giant. 

Harry’s interview with Kotb is thought to mark the first time that the pair have spoken on-air, although Kotb did interview Oprah Winfrey last year in the wake of her sit-down with the Sussexes.  

Winfrey, 68, spoke with Kotb in May 2021 – just hours after Harry publicly aired more damaging allegations about his family in an Apple TV+ series about mental health. 

During the interview, the TV mogul defended Harry and Meghan’s public bashing of the royal family, insisting that the Sussexes ‘deserve’ to ‘not be intruded and invaded upon’ – but claiming that this shouldn’t mean they are unable to speak out about their experiences.

‘You know, I ask for privacy, and I’m talking all the time,’ she said. 

The Sussexes’ secret trip marked the first time that Meghan has returned to the UK since the couple (seen at the Invictus Games) sensationally quit the royal family at the start of 2020

The Queen has yet to meet her great-granddaughter Lilibet (right), who was born in California in June last year, and she has not seen Archie (left) since he was an infant  

Harry and Meghan chose not to attend Prince Philip’s memorial service last month amid the Duke of Sussex’s ongoing battle with the UK Home Office about his security protection  

The interview will also see Harry opening up about the Invictus Games; the Today show shared an image of the Duke posing alongside Kotb and one of the US veterans taking part 

Kotb also posted a behind-the-scenes snap on her social media accounts, while encouraging her followers to tune in to Wednesday’s broadcast 

The Today anchor posted a glimpse at the interview on Instagram, showing Harry looking down in an apparent moment of reflection during the sit-down 

The news of Harry’s Today interview will likely prompt concern inside Buckingham Palace over what bombshells he might drop; the sit-down comes just over a year after the Sussexes’ explosive on-air chat with Oprah Winfrey  

Kotb spoke with Winfrey last year in the wake of her interview with the Sussexes 

‘So I think being able to have a life that you are not intruded upon by photographers, or people flying overhead, or invading your life, is what every person wants and deserves — to not to be intruded and invaded upon.

‘That’s what people are missing. Privacy doesn’t mean silence.’ 

Her public defence of the couple came just hours after Harry launched fresh attacks on his family in their new five-part mental health series, which sees the Duke accusing his father Prince Charles of making him ‘suffer’ as a child and claiming that the royals tried to ‘bully him into silence’. 

Harry also alleged that the royal family tried to ‘trap’ him and Meghan, claiming that the couple faced ‘total silence, total neglect’ when they asked The Firm for help.  

‘Proud Papa’ Prince Harry reveals Lilibet has ‘taken her first steps’ and that Archie ‘wants to be a pilot or astronaut’ when he grows up – but he and Meghan tell him ‘it’s your character that matters most’

by BRIDIE PEARSON-JONES for MailOnline 

Prince Harry has revealed his daughter 10-month-old daughter Lilibet has ‘taken her first steps’ and is ‘trying to keep up with her big brother Archie’.

In an interview with People magazine, the Duke of Sussex, 37, revealed  he ‘can’t wait’ to take his children to the Invictus Games in the future and that Archie, who turns three next month, wants to follow in his footsteps to become a helicopter pilot.

The royal, who is currently at the Invictus Games in The Hague, added he’s a ‘proud papa’ and that little Archie ‘loved’ videos of wheelchair basketball and rugby that he showed him from the Invictus Games in Sydney in 2018.

‘I showed him how some were missing legs and explained that some had invisible injuries, too,’ he said. ‘Not because he asked, but because I wanted to tell him. Kids understand so much, and to see it through his eyes was amazing because it’s so unfiltered and honest.’ 

He added: ‘When I talk to my son Archie about what he wants to be when he grows up, some days it’s an astronaut, other days it’s a pilot — a helicopter pilot obviously — or Kwazii from Octonauts,’ referring to a daredevil cat from a children’s cartoon.

‘But what I remind him is that no matter what you want to be when you grow up, it’s your character that matters most, and nothing would make his mum and me prouder than to see him have the character of what we see before us today,’ he added.

Prince Harry has revealed his daughter Lilibet has ‘taken her first steps’ and is ‘trying to keep up with her big brother Archie’. Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lilibet are pictured on their Christmas card last year

Speaking about the Invictus Games – where wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women compete, he went on: ‘Being a dad certainly adds another emotional layer to it.

‘When I was in the Army, I promised myself I would be out before having a wife and kids, because I couldn’t imagine the heartache of being apart for so long during deployment, the risk of possibly getting injured, and the reality that my family’s lives could be changed forever if that happened.

‘Every member of the Invictus community has experienced varying degrees of these things. I have tremendous respect for what they and their families sacrifice in the name of service.’

Reflecting on how things have changed since the Toronto Invictus Games, Prince Harry added: ‘Now, five years later, here we are in The Hague at the fifth Invictus Games, as parents of two, and living in the US.

‘I had always wanted to share these incredible moments with someone special, and to have Meg by my side means everything.’ 

Their daughter, Lilibet, has not met the Queen or Prince Charles, while little Archie hasn’t seen his paternal grandparents or great-grandparents since he was six months old.

Senior royal sources described the meeting as ‘very cordial’ and ‘incredibly warm and good natured’. Harry and Meghan reportedly opened the door to return from the US for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and told her of their plans to visit again so she can spend time with the children. 

The Queen is yet to meet her great-granddaughter, Lilibet, who was named after Her Majesty’s childhood nickname. Archie – seventh in line to the British throne – is almost three months old and reports have previously hinted at the Queen’s sadness at not having the chance to spend more time with him. 

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, 40, made a visit to the Queen this week and told her she will be able to hug her great-grandchildren in ”the near future’ according to reports.

In an interview with People magazine , the Duke of Sussex , 37, revealed he ‘can’t wait’ to take his children to the Invictus Games in the future and that Archie, who turns three next month, wants to follow in his footsteps to become a helicopter pilot. Meghan and Harry are pictured at the games

Harry’s comments comes as Buckingham Palace officials were today preparing for further bombshell revelations from Prince Harry after a major US TV network announced that he had given them a sit-down interview during the Invictus Games.

NBC’s Today show revealed that the Duke of Sussex had spoken to presenter Hoda Kotb while in the Netherlands about ‘the Invictus Games, his surprise visit with the Queen and life with his wife Meghan Markle’.

The chat will be previewed on NBC Nightly News tonight, which airs at 11.30pm UK time (6.30pm Eastern Time, in New York) – and then shown in full tomorrow on the Today programme from 12pm UK time (7am Eastern Time).

The Palace will be concerned that Harry could make further claims about the Royal Family only a year after his infamous interview to Oprah Winfrey on CBS in which he and Meghan accused unnamed royals of racism. 

The Duke has a deeply strained relationship with his family – especially his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William – and missed last month’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey for his grandfather Prince Philip.

Harry’s meeting with the Queen and Charles last Thursday before he arrived in The Hague was supposedly secret, but he has already revealed that it was ‘great to see her’ – and could now give more details about their discussion.

The royal, who is currently at the Invictus Games in The Hague, added he’s a ‘proud papa’ and that little Archie ‘loved’ videos of wheelchair basketball and rugby that he showed him from the Invictus Games in Sydney in 2018. Meghan and Harry are pictured with Archie in South Africa in 2019

The Duke has already said that his grandmother ‘had plenty of messages for Team UK’ which he had already passed on and told the BBC yesterday: ‘It was great to see her and I’m sure she would love to be here if she could.’

Royal aides will be concerned about details from a private meeting being divulged, which come on top of fears over what could be contained in his forthcoming memoirs and Netflix documenting his every move at the Games.

The Duke has already been accused in recent days of using his platform at the Games to promote BetterUp, the California mental health start-up for whom he is ‘chief impact officer’ – after the two announced a partnership.

Meanwhile today, Harry played table tennis and virtual golf today as his visit to the Games continued alone after his wife Meghan, 40, left him in The Hague to fly home to their children Archie and Lilibet at their $14m home in California.

Earlier this week, the Duke of Sussex spoke of his drive to ‘make the world a better place’ for his children and said that people ‘shouldn’t bring children into the world’ unless they’re willing to improve it for them.

Speaking with the Netherlands ‘ Kindercorrespondent reporters during the Invictus Games at The Hague, Harry said he wanted his two young children to grow up ‘in a fairer world, a safer world, a more equal world’.

‘It’s not going to be easy but I will never, ever, ever rest until I have as a parent at least tried to make the world a better place for them because it is our responsibility that the world is the way it is now,’ the Duke told the child reporters, aged 11 and 12.

‘I don’t think that we should be bringing children into the world unless we’re going to make that commitment to make it better for them. We cannot steal your future.’

While in the Netherlands, the Duchess of Sussex revealed she is missing her two young children.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, hug Lisa Johnston, a former army medic and amputee, who celebrates with her medal at the Invictus Games venue in The Hague, Netherlands, Sunday, April 17, 2022

Meghan made the confession as she sat in of a reading to a group of 12 children in a private event held in the Zuiderpark on the second day of the event.

She told British army veteran James Stride that she had wanted to attend the reading as it meant she was around children, and they reminded her of her own back home in California.

‘Meghan was quite chatty and told me she was missing her children,’ said James, one of the GB competitors in the games being held in The Hague.

‘She said she wanted to be with children as she was missing her own.’

Speaking with Dutch Kindercorrespondent reporters during the Invictus Games at The Hague, Harry said he wanted his two young children, Archie and Lilibet – known as Lili – to grow up ‘in a fairer world, a safer world, a more equal world’

The couple’s first trip to Europe is understood to be the longest they have been apart from their two young children.

Harry has previously spoken at length about his desire to improve the world for his children, and has openly discussed how he is trying to ‘break the cycle of pain and suffering’ of his own upbringing with Archie and Lilibet.

‘I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on,’ The Duke said in an interview with ITV last year.

‘It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say ”you know what, that happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you”.’

Hug a Harry! Cuddly Duke of Sussex continues to be very affectionate with Invictus Games athletes as he hands out swimming medals in The Hague

by BRIDIE PEARSON-JONES for MailOnline 

Prince Harry was seen warmly embracing British athletes and competitors as he handed out medals following a swimming event at the the Invictus Games. 

The Duke of Sussex, 37,  affectionately hugged gold medallist Rachel Williamson and silver medallist Sally Renard on the fourth day of the Paralympic-style event he set up for wounded service personnel. 

Harry, who remains in The Hague after wife Meghan, 40,  flew back to California to join children Archie and Lilibet, was seen beaming with Team United Kingdom before presenting their accolades.  

The royal, who spent playing table tennis and virtual golf with athletes, was also spotted heartily embracing an Australian competitor at Zuiderpark.  

Prince Harry was seen warmly embracing British athletes and competitors as he handed out medals following a swimming event at the the Invictus Games

Harry, 37, who remains in The Hague after wife Meghan flew back to California was seen beaming with Team United Kingdom before presenting their accolades

RAF veteran Williamson competed in the Invictus Games in Sydney 2018 and is this year’s Team UK Captain while former RAF corporal Renard was selected for the games for this first time this year since her injury whilst on tour in Afghanistan. 

Harry’s appearance this evening comes after the news that the Duke has given a sit-down interview to NBC’s Today show presenter Hoda Kotb while in the Netherlands. 

The programme claimed Harry will speak about the Invictus Games, his surprise and supposedly secret visit with the Queen last week and his life with wife Meghan. 

Putting a positive spin on his meeting, the Duke told the BBC yesterday that ‘it was great to see her’ during a quick stop-off before his arrival in the Netherlands for the competition.  

Harry was seen dolling out hugs as he presented medals at the swimming competition during day four of the Invictus Games

The Duke of Sussex was also spotted heartily embracing an Australian competitor at Zuiderpark 

He said his grandmother ‘had plenty of messages for Team UK’ and would have ‘loved to be here if she could’.  

The chat will be previewed on NBC Nightly News tonight, which airs at 11.30pm UK time (6.30pm Eastern Time, in New York) – and then shown in full tomorrow on the Today programme from 12pm UK time (7am Eastern Time).

The interview comes only a year after his infamous interview to Oprah Winfrey on CBS in which he and Meghan accused unnamed royals of racism.

The Duke has a deeply strained relationship with his family – especially his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William – and missed last month’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey for his grandfather Prince Philip. 

Royal aides will be concerned about details from a private meeting being divulged, which come on top of fears over what could be contained in his forthcoming memoirs and Netflix documenting his every move at the Games.

Prince Harry gives out medals at the swimming competition during day four of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 at Zuiderpark


The Duke was seen affectionately hugging various competitors on day four of the Invictus Games at Het Hofbad the Hague, Netherlands 

The Duke has already been accused in recent days of using his platform at the Games to promote BetterUp, the California mental health start-up for whom he is ‘chief impact officer’ – after the two announced a partnership.  

Meanwhile, the Duke revealed that his youngest child Lilibet, 10 months, has ‘taken her first steps’ and is ‘trying to keep up with her big brother Archie’.

In an interview with People magazine, Harry said he ‘can’t wait’ to take his children to the Invictus Games in the future and that Archie, who turns three next month, wants to follow in his footsteps to become a helicopter pilot. 

Harry added he’s a ‘proud papa’ and that little Archie ‘loved’ videos of wheelchair basketball and rugby that he showed him from the Invictus Games in Sydney in 2018.

Prince Harry heartily hugs one of the winners during the medal ceremony of a swimming event at the Invictus Games

The Duke of Sussex hugs Team United Kingdom competitor Lisa Johnston during the swimming at the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark the Hague

‘I showed him how some were missing legs and explained that some had invisible injuries, too,’ he said. ‘Not because he asked, but because I wanted to tell him. Kids understand so much, and to see it through his eyes was amazing because it’s so unfiltered and honest.’ 

He added the the US tabloid: ‘When I talk to my son Archie about what he wants to be when he grows up, some days it’s an astronaut, other days it’s a pilot — a helicopter pilot obviously — or Kwazii from Octonauts,’ referring to a daredevil cat from a children’s cartoon.

‘But what I remind him is that no matter what you want to be when you grow up, it’s your character that matters most, and nothing would make his mum and me prouder than to see him have the character of what we see before us today,’ he said 

Earlier this week, the Duke of Sussex spoke of his drive to ‘make the world a better place’ for his children and said that people ‘shouldn’t bring children into the world’ unless they’re willing to improve it for them.

The Duke of Sussex hugs a medalist at the swimming competition during day four of the Invictus Games

The Duke of Sussex was seen warmly embracing an Australian competitor at the Invictus Games this evening 


The Duke of Sussex hugs gold medallist Rachel Williamson and silver medallist Sally Renard on day four of the Invictus Games

Speaking with the Netherlands ‘ Kindercorrespondent reporters during the Invictus Games at The Hague, Harry said he wanted his two young children to grow up ‘in a fairer world, a safer world, a more equal world’.

‘It’s not going to be easy but I will never, ever, ever rest until I have as a parent at least tried to make the world a better place for them because it is our responsibility that the world is the way it is now,’ the Duke told the child reporters, aged 11 and 12.

‘I don’t think that we should be bringing children into the world unless we’re going to make that commitment to make it better for them. We cannot steal your future.’

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations programme in full 

The Queen has been on the throne for 70 years (Toby Melville/PA)

Buckingham Palace has unveiled the line-up of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee for the first time.

Street parties, a concert featuring some of the world’s biggest stars and a chance to see the Queen’s homes up close are all included in the programme to mark her 70 years on the throne.

Here is a list of all of the events taking place for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee:

– May 12-15: Platinum Jubilee Celebration

More than 500 horses and 1,000 performers will take part in a 90-minute show taking the Windsor Castle audience through history right from Elizabeth I to present day.

Bank Holiday: June 2: Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour)

The colour will be trooped on Horse Guards Parade by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards and over 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division who will put on a display. Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open for residents and visitors to enjoy the celebrations across the Bank Holiday.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons

The UK will join the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories to light a beacon to mark the Jubilee. The Principal Beacon will also be lit in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

June 3: Service of Thanksgiving

The Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.

June 4: Platinum Party at the Palace

Some of the world’s greatest entertainers are billed to perform at the concert at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the most significant moments from the Queen’s reign.

June 5: Big Jubilee Lunch

Street parties are being planned across the UK and neighbours are expected to join together for food and fun to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. It will mark the end of the Bank Holiday.

Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Performers will come together in London to tell the story of the Queen’s reign through a pageant that will include a ‘River of Hope’ section made up of 200 silk flags that will make its way through The Mall, appearing like a moving river.

July: The Royal Collection Trust

Three displays marking the Queen’s accession to the throne, the Coronation and Jubilees will be put on at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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