Harry says he's 'making sure' the Queen is 'protected' in bombshell interview

Prince Harry has opened up about a number of topics including his secret meeting with the Queen during a bombshell interview with the Today show's Hoda Kotb.

The Duke of Sussex sat down with Hoda in the Netherlands, where he is hosting the Invictus Games after making a quick stop-off in the UK to visit his grandmother as well as his father Prince Charles.

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Prince Harry is set to reveal details about his recent surprise visit to the Queen in a new bombshell interview with Hoda Kotb. Photo: Getty

"Hoda Kotb sat down with Prince Harry to talk about the Invictus Game, his surprise visit with the Queen, and life with his wife Meghan Markle," the Today show posted on Twitter.

A preview of the interview played on NBC Nightly News with Harry speaking fondly of his grandmother.

"Being with her, it was great," he shared. "It was just so nice to see her… She’s on great form."


The Duke revealed he and the Queen enjoyed some laughs during their catch-up, saying, "She’s always got a great sense of humour with me."

"I know you make her laugh. That’s what she always says," Hoda noted, asking, "Did you do it (make her laugh) again?"

"Yeah, I did," he said with a laugh. "It was really nice to catch up with her."

Harry explained that despite living further away from his family and grandmother, he's putting in the effort to make sure she is secure and supported.

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The Today show shared this snap of Hoda with Prince Harry on Twitter. Photo: Twitter

"I’m just making sure that she’s, you know, protected and got the right people around her," he said. "You know, home — home for me, now, is you know, for the time being, is in the States."

Harry and Meghan have been living in the US since leaving the royal family in 2020. Speaking about his new home, he told Hoda, "We’ve been welcomed with open arms," adding that he and his family have "got such a great community up in Santa Barbara."

Hoda's co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin teased the interview today, adding that Harry will also discuss fatherhood and life with his and Meghan's young children, Archie, two, and Lilibet, 10 months.

No doubt the news of the interview will have raised concerns for those inside Buckingham Palace given the bombshells Harry and Meghan dropped during their interview with Oprah Winfrey last year.

Meghan will not appear in the interview as she left the Netherlands to be with their children. It was the longest time they'd been apart.

Harry and Meghan to join Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Platinum Jubilee

Royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony
The Sussexes are expected to join the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony for her Platinum Jubilee celebration. Photo: Getty

It comes following news the Sussexes are expected to join the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony for her Platinum Jubilee celebration, according to The Sun.

The couple will join the royal family for the traditional RAF flypast as crowds watch from The Mall, however, the Netflix cameras that have been following them at the Invictus Games will not be welcome.

The publication reports that the pair may also bring Lilibet and Archie back for the celebrations.

"It’s expected that the Sussexes will be on the balcony, quite possibly with their children," a Palace source said.

"It will be a powerful show of unity for the Queen but it is proving a headache for planners."

The source added that there are fears that Harry and Meghan may "hijack or overshadow" what is a special time for the Queen.

While they will be able to stand on the balcony, the pair will not be able to attend formal occasions like Trooping the Colour, as they quit royal life.

It comes following reports Harry and Meghan will introduce Lilibet, who is named after the Queen, to her great-grandmother "in the near future".

A source close to Harry and Meghan told The Mirror, "Both the Duke and Duchess are very mindful the Queen is getting older and has had health issues associated with her great age.

"They have made it clear they are certainly planning to return to see the Queen with their family in the near future."

Harry says it was 'great' to see the Queen

Harry spoke with the BBC on Monday, telling them it was "great" to see his grandmother, revealing one of the topics they'd spoken about was the Games.

"She had plenty of messages for Team UK, which I have already passed on to most of them," he said. "So, it was great to see her. I'm sure she would love to be here if she could."

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