PRINCE Harry has sensationally DEFENDED The Crown, telling James Cordon the Netflix show gives a “rough idea” of royal life.
Despite controversial scenes showing his mother Princess Diana’s mental health battles and a somewhat negative portrayal of his father Prince Charles, Harry insisted he is “comfortable” with the show.
Appearing on The Late Late Show, Harry said “They don’t pretend to be news, it’s fictional but it’s loosely based on the truth.
“Of course it’s not strictly accurate, but, loosely, it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.
“I am way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family, or my wife or myself.”
Harry also gave a fascinating insight into his relationship with the Queen during the wide-ranging interview, revealing she gifted her 21-month-old great-grandson Archie a waffle maker for Christmas.
“Interesting, my grandmother asked us what Archie wanted for Christmas, and Meg said a waffle maker. She sent us a waffle maker for Archie.”
He also revealed the Queen and Prince Phillip are regular Zoom users but joked that his grandfather simply shuts the laptop when their chats are over rather than logging off.
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- MEGHAN HAS A £4,800 CARTIER WATCH SHE PLANS TO GIFT HER BABY IF IT IS A GIRL
Meghan already has a gift planned to give to her baby if she has a daughter and the story behind it is so sweet.
And, if the new baby is a girl, then she is likely to be gifted Meghan’s £4,800 Cartier watch.
Meghan bought the pricey Cartier Tank Française after learning Suits – the television programme she starred in – had been commissioned for a third season.
In 2015, Meghan told Hello: “When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season which, at the time, felt like such a milestone I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version [of the watch].”
She continued: “I had it engraved on the back, ‘To M.M. From M.M.’
“And I plan to give it to my daughter one day.
- MEGHANS SNACKING HABITS REVEALED
Meghan has spoken a fair bit about her diet in the past, and confirmed that one of her go-to healthy snacks is watermelon.
In a past interview, she said: On set and at home, I try to always have a container of watermelon sprinkled with cinnamon because it elevates the flavour just a notch, and makes it feel special.”
The mum-of-one also prefers a healthy drink to gorging on takeaways.
Speaking of her fast food choices, she told The Chalkboard in a past chat: “A green juice. Thats fast. And its food. Its been many moons since I went through a drive thru.”
- MEGHAN CALLS HARRY ‘HAZ’
Meghan affectionately called Prince Harry “Haz” and joked “we’ve done enough moving” in a video call on The Late Late Show.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, popped up in the interview snippet with James Corden as he and Harry toured LA on a double decker bus.
The TV host served the Duke of Sussex afternoon tea as he pointed out celeb homes – including the mansion on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
After rapping the theme song, Corden tried to convince the royal to snap up the sprawling home.
- MEGHAN ‘CHANNELS DIANA’ WITH WARM GREETINGS
She may be one of the most famous women in the world – but that doesnt stop Meghan Markle greeting royals fans with a hug.
Last year, the Duchess of Sussex was pictured embracing attendees of her Smart Works clothing range and even got round an awkward encounter at the One Young World summit with a hug.
Leading etiquette expert William Hanson told Fabulous Digital: “As an American, Meghan would be more used to greeting strangers and acquaintances with a hug – standard practice in the US.
“Brits prefer a handshake, reserving hugs and social kisses for close friends and family.
Grant Harrold, the former butler to Prince Charles, told MailOnline that Meghans down-to-earth body language is showing that the British royal family is a modern 21st-century family” and that she is determined to “carry on Diana’s tradition of hugging.
In comparison, body language Judi James said: As a future Queen Kate has always followed royal etiquette to the letter and this would include using the handshake as the norm.
- WHY MEGHAN MARKLE ALWAYS WEARS SHOES TOO BIG FOR HER
You’d be forgiven for thinking a super stylish royal like Meghan Markle wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of ill-fitting shoes.
But according to fashion expert Harriet Davey, the Duchess of Sussex purposefully wears shoes too big for her.
She explained: “Celebs often go a size up, or even two, in the shoe department when they’re at an event or on the red carpet and it’s for one reason we can all relate to – to avoid blisters.
“There’s nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes (we’ve all been there on a night out) and when celebs like Meghan are wearing heels for a long period of time their feet can often swell up.”
“The swelling can cause blisters and in the long run bunions – like long-time heel fan Victoria Beckham has been rumoured to suffer with.”
- DID MEGHAN HINT AT HER BABY’S GENDER?
The Duchess of Sussex was spotted wearing a huge pink sapphire ring during her and Prince Harrys first appearance since quitting the royal family last week.
The couple filmed the 20-second clip, which plugged their Archewell Audio podcast at a Spotify live stream event, was filmed at their £11million Santa Barbara mansion.
And it was hard to miss the huge new sparkler on Meghans right hand.
The Pink Sapphire Cocktail Ring from the brand Ecksand and sees the stone set on a gold diamond pavé band.
Fans are convinced the pink ring was Meghan’s subtle way of revealing she’s having a girl.
- MEGHAN’S SWEET ANNIVERSARY GIFT
Its been over two years since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot in a fairytale wedding in Windsor – and the Duchess really outdid herself with her first anniversary present to her husband.
According to People, Meghan hand wrote out their wedding speech and had it framed for Harry to tie in with the ‘paper’ tradition of the first wedding anniversary.
While it is not known what was exactly said by the bride on her wedding day, she did declare “I have found my prince.”
She also spoke about her “special bond” with Prince Charles and thanked the royal family for “welcoming” her.
The Duchess of Sussex has been known for her beautiful handwriting over the years and even taught calligraphy lessons when she worked at the US stationery shop, Paper Source.
- MEGHAN PLEDGED TO ‘SET STANDARDS HIGH’ WITH NEW YEAR RESOLUTION SHE MADE MONTHS BEFORE MEETING HARRY
Five years ago, the Duchess of Sussex – who was best known for her role as Rachel Zane in Suits – vowed to set her “standards high” for the New Year on her lifestyle blog The Tig.
Meghan wrote: “For this new year, the only thing I aim to do is to approach life playfully.
“To laugh and enjoy, to keep my standards high but my level of self-acceptance higher.”
In July that year, Meghan was set up with Prince Harry by a mutual friend.The biography Finding Freedom claims the couple enjoyed their first date at Soho House’s Dean Street Townhouse – where they reportedly spoke about making change for good while sitting on plush velvet chairs.
- MEGHAN LOVES THESE £20 TIGHTS
The Duchess of Sussex is said to be a huge fan of Heist tights – and although they are £21, they’re worth the hefty price tag.
The nude designs are available in seven different shades and feature a mega comfy waistband that doesn’t dig or roll as well as a stronger, eco-friendly yarn.
They’re “gravity defining” with no gusset – and therefore no sagging – as well as being seamless, soft and hand-sewn.
The brand also sell a range of other tights, but it’s thought to be the nude style Meghan wears, thanks to their mega natural look.
- WHEN IS MEGHAN AND HARRYS BABY DUE?
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting a new addition to their family of three as they announced in a statement on February 14.
The couple said: We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.
It is unclear when or where Meghan will give birth or what the sex of the baby is.
The duchess kept her pregnancy under wraps as her, Harry, and baby Archie have been social distancing in their Santa Barbara, California home.
- MEGHAN’S FIRST WEDDING DRESS
When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in a fairytale Windsor wedding back in April 2018, the Duchess turned to French fashion house Givenchy to design her gown.
But for her first marriage to producer Trevor Engelson, Meghan’s special dress was a lot more low-key.
For her 2011 wedding, the former Suits actress opted for a satin white sleeveless gown with a silver bejewelled belt.
An insider called Meghans first wedding in Jamaica in 2011 a boozy beach wedding with a magical backdrop and an epic weekend under the sun and stars.
- QUEEN’S FORMER PRESS OFFICER SAYS STATEMENT WAS PETULANT AND RUDE
A former aide of the Queen labelled Meg and Harry “petulant, rude and immature,” after their statement confirming they were not returning as members of the royal family.
Former Buckingham Palace press officer Dickie Arbiter discussed the statement on True Royalty TV’s ‘The Royal Beat’.
Arbiter condemned the statement, saying, “It was petulant, it was rude, it was immature.”
He served as the Queen’s press spokesman for a 12 year period, from 1988 to 2000.
- WHAT DID MEGHAN SAY ON THE FACETIME CALL?
James Corden FaceTimed Prince Harry’s wife Meghan to get her opinion on purchasing the home where The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air was filmed.
The host excitedly told Meghan, “Youd be the fresh princess of Bel-Air!”
The Duchess responded, “Thats wonderful, I think weve done enough moving,” before affectionately turning her attention to her husband.
Meghan, sporting loose beachy waves and a low-key makeup look, adorably asked, “Haz, hows your tour of LA going?”
- HARRY SHOWS OFF HIS ARMY SKILLS
Prince Harry put his army expertise to the test while completing a military-style assault course with James Corden.
The Duke of Sussex crawled through mud, hoisted himself up a rope, threw a spear and ran with a heavy ball during the strict regime in Los Angeles.
Corden told Harry it was a “little something to take you back to your roots”, referring to his ten years of service in the Army.
The presenter tried to top Harry’s experience by proclaiming he was “very much a member of the BTS Army”, alluding to the fanbase of K-pop boyband BTS.
When Corden complained the exercise was “too muddy,” Harry jibed back, “James, get over it, you’ve been in LA too long! This is like a mudbath, like a facial.”
- OPRAH INTERVIEW IS BEST SHE’S EVER DONE
Oprah’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is “the best she has ever done”, according to her best friend Gayle King.
The CBS anchor was discussing the couples appearance on James Corden’s Late Late Show on This Morning and desperately tried to generate some excitement for her pals upcoming show.
“It’s their first major broadcast interview since giving up their senior royal duties.
“I’ve heard from reliable sources, this is Oprah talking, that it’s the best interview she’s ever done so I’m curious. That’s saying something.”
The Dukes appearance on Corden’s show has somewhat upstaged the pre-recorded upcoming interview with Oprah.
- MEG’S BLING HAS FANS TALKING
Meghan Markle sent fans into a frenzy after she sported a piece of jewellery believed to hint at the gender of her unborn child.
She showed off the Pink Sapphire Cocktail Ring during a 20-second promo clip for Archewell Audio that she filmed alongside her husband, Prince Harry, at their £11 million Santa Barbara mansion.
The ring features a 6.00 ct ethically-sourced Rose Cut Pink Sapphire set into a 100% recycled gold band with 0.20ct diamond pave and fans believe its feminine colouring could hit at the new baby’s sex.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry seen for the first time since being stripped of their Royal titles in Spotify trailer
- SAMANTHA MARKLE DETAILS RESENTMENT OF MEG
Samantha Markle detailed her mounting resentment for her half-sister Meghan Markle in her tell-all book, The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.
She paints the Duchess of Sussex as a spoilt child, citing an occasion just before Meghan’s 1st birthday.
She told how baby Meg threw blueberries around the kitchen as her father, Thomas Markle, giggled in delight – “We didnt laugh about cleaning up the mess though,” Samantha scornfully writes.
“I dont recall ever hearing Dad say no to Meg, about anything, and I couldnt help but wonder what would happen if he did say no.
“I couldnt help but think that allowing kids to throw blueberries all over the kitchen wasnt such a good idea after all,” she said, seemingly hinting this inspired Meg’s journey to becoming “Princess Pushy.”
- HILARIOUS HARRY SHOWS HIS SENSE OF HUMOUR
Prince Harry let his sense of humour shine on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
After rapping the first verse of the theme song to ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ outside the house it was filmed at, Prince Harry is teased by Corden about buying the place.
Corden joked, “Think about how cool it would be to go, ‘I’m a Prince’ and live in the house of the Fresh Prince!”
To which Harry displayed his comedic timing, exclaiming: “I’m actually dying for a pee! Can I use your bathroom? I’ve had a covid test, I’m good!”
Corden later tells Meghan Markle, “He’s already used the bathroom, that’s how at home he feels!”
- HOW DOES PRINCE HARRY TAKE HIS TEA?
If there is one stereotype about Brits, it’s that we constantly drink cups of tea and refrain from consuming any other liquids – and it would be quite correct.
So how does a royal take his tea?
Prince Harry revealed he enjoys a “splash” of milk and some sugar while sharing a cuppa on a double-decker bus with James Corden.
Corden asked, ” Can I interest you in tea? A little milk and sugar?”
“Yeah, put it all in,” the Duke replied. Just like a true tea connoisseur!
- NEVER HAS HE EVER… BEEN ON A DOUBLE-DECKER BUS
The Duke of Sussex revealed he has never been on a double-decker bus before during his appearance on The Late Late Show.
Host James Corden arrived to collect Prince Harry in the open-top bus, to which he remarked, “This is subtle, where’s the Range Rover?”
The 36-year-old told Corden: “This is very nice. It’s the first time I’ve been on an open-top bus…not really allowed to.
“In London, I always see them cruising around with tourists, and thought that would be really good fun because when you live in an area, you never actually go sightseeing. I’ve always wanted to go sightseeing.”
- HARRY REVEALS ARCHIE’S FIRST WORD
Prince Harry has revealed that Archie’s first spoken word was “crocodile”.
Speaking to James Corden for The Late Late Show, the Duke of Sussex said: “My son is just over a year and a half. He is hysterical.
“He’s got the most amazing personality. He’s already putting three or four words together, he’s already singing songs,” he said, before sharing that his first word was “Crocodile.”
“Crocodile,” Corden said.
“Three syllables,” Harry replied.
- BOOKIES GIVE NAME PREDICTIONS FOR HARRY & MEGHAN’S SECOND BABY
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s second child will be called Diana if it’s a girl and Thomas if it’s a boy, Betvictor has predicted.
The top picks for girl names are: Diana (8/1), Grace (10/1), Isabella (12/1), Alice (14/1).
The top picks for boy names are: Thomas (11/1), Arthur (12/1), Albert 14/1, Phillip (20/1).
- MP SLAMS SPOTIFY AND ARCHEWELL AUDIO DEAL
An MP slammed Spotify for its reported £30 million podcast deal with Meghan and Harry amid the struggle of thousands of artists.
Winchester MP and former junior health minister Steve Brine said the megabucks deal “sticks in the craw of some of the artists who are driving Uber cars right now to pay the rent”, as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc upon the entertainment industry.
“Like a lot of our services, there is a market for certain talent because they command a certain amount of consumption.
“We don’t get to negotiate directly with artists the way we negotiate with podcasters or people who create podcasts so the structure of that market is very different.”
- PRINCE PHILLIP’S HILARIOUS ZOOM HABIT
Despite their frosty departure from the royal family, it seems the Sussexes remain close to their relations,.
Prince Harry candidly discussed his family members during his chat with James Corden, gushing about his grandmother, the Queen, purchasing his son Archie a waffle maker for Christmas.
He revealed both the Queen and Prince Philip are able to use Zoom, meaning they have “seen Archie running around”.
“But my grandfather, instead of pressing leave meeting he just goes,” Harry says while laughing, before mimicking closing a laptop.
“I am like ‘bye’ as I’m pressing – and he just goes.”
- MEG AND HARRY’S WHIRLWIND ROMANCE
Prince Harry detailed he and wife Meghan Markle’s love story, revealing that they “went from zero to 60 in the first two months”.
“It wasn’t so much where we went but the fact we hit it off with each other, and we were just so comfortable in each other’s company,” he said.
“Dating me or any member of the Royal Family is kind of flipped upside down. All the dates become dinners or watching the TV or chatting at home.”
The couple spent “an enormous time” getting to know each other which Harry described as “an amazing thing”.
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