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He usually picks up the guests in the Range Rover for his legendary Carpool Karaoke. This time the British comedian drove up in the double-decker bus to (yes, actually! Drumroll!) To pick up Prince Harry on a street corner in L. A. The Queen's grandson is more open than ever and talks about mental problems, Archie's first word and zoom calls with the Queen.
There is a bit of disappointment in the greeting between James Cordon and Prince Harry. Harry would have preferred cruising through L. A. in the Range Rover instead of taking a seat on the upper level of the sightseeing bus. He had never driven such a vehicle, not even through London. You rarely do sightseeing in your hometown, but yes, actually a super fun idea. When serving a classy British breakfast in fine china, the prince, in a casual jeans and t-shirt outfit, feels at home, although: "Actually we don't drink tea until 4 or 5 p.m."
The joy is only short anyway, because the porcelain breaks after a sharp curve and the tea spills onto Harry's pants. That doesn't detract from the mood, because James persuades Harry to visit the dream villa that served as the backdrop for the successful film: "The Prince from Bel Air" with Will Smith. James' proposal that Harry and Meghan have to move in there, because that is the only truly suitable domicile, is accepted by Harry with little enthusiasm.
But at least he lets himself be persuaded to go to the toilet … Meanwhile, James connects with Meghan via video telephony and tries to get her excited about moving to Bel Air. She laughs and promises to think about it.
So were the first dates with Meghan
As the bus journey continues, the conversation between the two journeys begins. Harry says that on the second date with Meghan he thought it was something special. The comedian wants to know how the two passed the time together. "What we did was not important at all, it was how we treated each other. We felt so comfortable. I know dating myself - basically dating every member of the royal family - is certainly totally strange for a normal person", answers the prince. What is natural for others - going to the cinema or going to a restaurant - was not possible. So you watched TV together, ate at home, or met close friends. As a result, there was no distraction: "We went from zero to 60 in the first two months."
What Harry says about "The Crown" …
The Duke of Sussex is proud of his father when it comes to son Archie: "My son is now over one and a half years old. He is excited, has the most amazing personality. He can already speak a few words and sings songs. His first word was' Crocodile'." On a normal day, he bathes Archie and reads to him, says Harry. If the little one sleeps in between, he watches TV or Netflix. Suitable keywords for James Cordon: What does the Queen's grandson think of "The Crown"? He wants to know. Harry replied: "Well, you have to keep in mind that the show doesn't show the truth, it is fiction." In any case, the truth is that he is in regular contact with grandma and grandpa, via Zoom. The two are pretty tough. "My grandparents know how to use Zoom. We video chatted a few times, they saw Archie walking around. But instead of hitting 'leave meeting' my grandfather just leaves." And then he reveals a funny detail. Queen Elisabeth, 94, actually gave her great-grandson Archie a waffle iron for Christmas. British humor at its best. "Archie wakes up in the morning and says 'waffle'," says his dad, amused.
It ruined my sanity
Finally, the much-cited megxit is discussed. Since January 2020 there has been a lot of turmoil about Harry and Meghan's decision because they left life in England and royal duties behind. Harry clarifies, "It was more of a step back than a complete resignation. It was a very difficult environment. We all know what the British press can be like and it was damaging to my sanity." So he did "what every husband and father would do" - and pulled the emergency brake to protect his wife and son. For him it is also certain that he never stole away from his obligations, he would never do that: "I will always make my contribution. My life is a public service. Wherever I am in the world, it will be the same."
Before parting: James Cordon wouldn't be James Cordon if he didn't ask Harry for a final challenge. Ironically, he wants to measure his strength with Harry on a military fitness course. Sure, who cuts a better figure …
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