Prince Harry has said he is making sure his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II is “protected” and has “the right people around her” following a recent secret visit to see her with Meghan markle.
In an upcoming interview with the American TV network NBC News, the Duke of Sussex said it was “just so nice” to see the Queen on only his third trip back to the UK since March 2020.
The wandering royal sat down with Hoda Kotb of NBC’s Today Show while in the Netherlands to attend the Invictus Games, with the full interview to be aired on Wednesday evening.
It comes just one year after the Duke’s explosive TV special with Oprah Winfrey alongside his wife Meghan Markle, the interview could cause further turbulence for the royal family.
Follow live updates below as we report the latest news from Prince Harry’s visit and learn more about what he said to NBC.
Sussex family hires former Obama secret service agent
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have hired a former US Secret Service agent who once protected presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush, according to reports.
Page Six, the gossip section of the New York Post, reported on Tuesday that former protection agent Christopher Sanchez has been photographed with the Sussexes at the Invictus Games.
Mr Sanchez left the Secret Service in 2013 and is now a vice president at the private security firm TorchStone Global.
“Secret Service agents are the best in the world at what we do,” he said in a podcast interview in 2020. “I spent five years on the president’s details and I was lucky enough to be there during a transition, so I spent the last two-and-a-half years with President Bush and the first two-and-a-half years of President Obama. I was just grateful to be a part of it.”
The Sussexes’ security has been a matter of controversy between them and the Windsors. Prince Harry has his own private protection team, but following his retirement from official duties he has argued that they do not have enough legal powers abroad or access to UK intelligence.
Io Dodds20 April 2022 03:36
Prince Harry ‘barred from official role’ in Queen’s platinum jubilee
As we wait for Prince Harry’s new interview to broadcast, let’s look at the political background behind his latest spot with American TV networks.
The royal family’s invitation to the Sussexes to join Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee celebrations this summer is a significant move, given their past tensions with the rest of “the Firm”.
The pair resigned from royal duties in March 2020, and later spoke out about their treatment behind the scenes in a 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey.
If they do attend, they will be able to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony and at family events, such as a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.However, the Sussexes will reportedly not be allowed an official role in any events and could not take part in the Trooping the Colour ceremony.
“Aides concede that while the Sussexes’ presence would mean a lot to Her Majesty, it would take a leap of faith from all sides following the bitter fallout caused by the damaging allegations the couple have made in a string of television interviews since moving abroad.
“Prince Harry would also have to swallow his pride over the ongoing legal wrangle concerning his security after saying his family would not be safe visiting the UK following the Government’s decision not to provide them with police protection.”
Either way it will be a poignant occasion. The Queen’s age (95) and increasingly frail health mean it could be her last balcony appearance with all her family around her.
Io Dodds20 April 2022 02:32
When and where does Prince Harry’s interview air?
That’s all the previews we’re getting tonight, so when and where will Prince Harry’s new interview be airing?
NBC’s Today show will broadcast at 7am eastern US time on Wednesday 20 April, which is 2pm for people in the UK.
American viewers can also watch it online via NBC’s website, if they have a TV package that includes NBC, or the Peacock streaming service.
However, viewers in the western half of the US will get it two hours late due to America’s odd TV time zone rules, which stagger network broadcasts over two “regions” designed to cover the country’s many timezones.
Viewers outside the US might be able to watch via a VPN, but NBC’s streaming services often refuse to play if they detect you using such software.
Either way, The Independent will be watching and will continue to post live updates on this blog.
Io Dodds20 April 2022 01:26
Harry says he’s making sure Queen is ‘protected’
Prince Harry has revealed that he took the opportunity to make sure that his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, is “protected” and has the “right people around her” during his and Meghan Markle’s recent visit, Chelsea Ritschel reports.
Asked how it felt to be reunited with the Queen, Harry said: “I’m just making sure that she’s, you know, protected, and got the right people around her.”
Io Dodds20 April 2022 00:42
California now feels like ‘home’
California now feels like “home” to Prince Harry, at least “for the time being”.
“Home for me now is, for the time being, it’s in the States,” Harry said. “And it feels that way as well. We’ve been welcomed with open arms.”
Your highness, I know the feeling.
Io Dodds20 April 2022 00:35
First images of Harry’s new interview
Here’s the first pictures from Prince Harry’s NBC interview, in which he was questioned by veteran TV host Hoda Kotb.
Io Dodds20 April 2022 00:20
Harry says Queen is on ‘great form’ after brush with Covid
Prince Harry told TV host Hoda Kotb that his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II was on “great form” after her recent bout with Covid 19.
According to new preview footage released by NBC News just now, the Duke of Sussex opened up about his recent secret visit to the Queen last week.
“Being with her, it was great. It was just so nice to see her,” Prince Harry told Ms Kotb.
“She’s on great form. She’s always got a great sense of humour with me, and I’m just making sure that she’s protected and got the right people around her.”
Io Dodds20 April 2022 00:06
Child reporters land exclusive royal interview
Of all the journalists covering Prince Harry’s visit to the Invictus Games, perhaps the most impressive scoop went to Sophia, 11, and Jay, 12, two cub reporters for the Dutch children’s news outlet Kindercorrespondent.
In a sweet interview on Saturday, the pair asked the Duke – kneeling down so he was level with Sophia’s microphone – about his wishes for Archie and Lilibet’s future.
Prince Harry responded. “To grow up in a better world. 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 as a parent have at least tried to make the world a better place for them.
“Because it is our responsibility that the world is the way that it is now, and I don’t think that I should be bringing children into the world unless we are going to make that commitment to make it better for them. We cannot steal your future.”
Asked what he liked most about the Invictus Games, Prince Harry said: “So many kindred spirits, comrades in arms, from all over the world – people who have been struggling and suffering by themselves, knowing that their story is unique to them but also so relatable to so many other people.
“Bringing that energy together and bringing that pain and the suffering together for one week, and then everybody leaves feeling more healed. That’s what sport does, that’s what community does, that’s what human interaction does.”
He told the two children that it was important for their generation to understand not only the history of war but “the power of recovery”, saying good things could come from conflict. After the interview, the trio embraced.
Io Dodds19 April 2022 23:14
‘I promised I wouldn’t have kids until I left the army’
“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,” Prince Harry said.
“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.”
Io Dodds19 April 2022 22:41
Harry explains disability to his son Archie
Prince Harry told People that his son Archie, who turns three years old on 6 May, is already very interested by the Invictus Games.
“I showed Archie a video of wheelchair basketball and rugby from the Invictus Games in Sydney, and he absolutely loved it,” Harry said.
“I showed him how some were missing legs and explained that some had invisible injuries, too – 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.”
Io Dodds19 April 2022 21:55