James Corden talks about his friendship with Prince Harry

Popular British TV presenter James Corden has been candid about his late night talk show, his decision to leave the US and befriend Prince Harry.

He is the highest paid British TV presenter.

He’s earned an OBE, won 11 Emmys, and is friends with everyone from David Beckham to Michelle Obama. Not bad for a self-proclaimed “fat boy” from Buckinghamshire.

Now, seven years after returning home to sunny California, James Corden returns to Blighty — starting with a weeklong return of his cult The late late show

“The easiest thing in the world would have been to just stay, take the money and move on, but I was like, ‘I wonder if there’s anything else?’” he shared. The sun

“I just couldn’t shake the feeling that maybe it was time. I want to spend more time with my family and I never wanted the show to feel like it wasn’t welcome anymore.

“We don’t really know where we’re going to be or what we’re going to do – that’s something we have to figure out. But it will be nice to have a little more flexibility, and it’s exciting.

“There are some things I would like to write and I hope there will be other things for me to do. But we still have a year to go in the US and I want to make the most of it so far.”

Since the launch of the widely-hyped CBS show in 2015, the format has been watched in more than 180 countries, while the star has shot the three most-watched clips in American late-night TV history.

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‘I am a big fan’

In 2018, his signature segment Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney was the most-watched YouTube clip of the year – beating the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

On the subject of which Corden, famously, became friends with the Duke of Sussex and his actress wife.

In something of a television coup, Harry appeared atop a double-decker bus last February to be interviewed by the 43-year-old comic.

In the segment, Harry knocked on the Fresh Prince Of Bel Air theme tune, FaceTimed Meghan and swore as we were driven through Los Angeles drinking cups of tea.

Within minutes, clips of their cozy chat had gone viral.

Corden and his wife, Julia Carey, who have three children, Carey, Max and Charlotte, live just 90 minutes from Harry and Meghan’s sprawling Montecito mansion.

So does the quartet socialize? Has he been around the couple’s £11 million ($A19.5 million) home?

“I have,” he says. “It was more like a play date scenario” [with the kids]† Then we went out for dinner, it was delicious. I won’t tell you anything more, of course. Evidently.”

So is it true that he provided a toaster for their wedding in Windsor?

“New”.

Plow through, what did he get them? “I honestly don’t remember,” he says through clenched teeth. “I think Jules made sure of that.

“But afterwards [at the evening reception]I did joke, dressed as Henry VIII, and told everyone, ‘George Clooney is here, so congratulations on your new Nespresso machine, guys!’ †

Slightly warming to his subject, he continues: “Look, I’m a big fan of both.

“Of course I know Harry better than I know Meghan, but I think it’s very hard to judge or condemn.

“People process things and deal with things in different ways and that’s okay, and it’s okay to think what you think of someone.

“I don’t know if it needs to be spoken all the time, but my experience with them has been nothing but positive.

“I have an enormous amount of respect and admiration for Harry, and anyone who has been around him and spent time with him would feel exactly the same.

“I think he is a devoted and loving husband and father and I think what they have done [in turning away from royal life] is incredibly brave and I will always be in their corner.

“I have nothing but admiration and respect for them. I think it’s impossible to really judge anything about it.”

Next month The late late show returns to Sky One for the fourth time after a two-year hiatus due to Covid.

Citing British rappers Stormzy and Dave as his dream guests, Corden would also like to invite Harry’s estranged brother, Prince William.

“I’m a big fan of William and Kate,” he added diplomatically. “However, I have a feeling they’re going to be pretty busy around the summer, don’t they? I think they have a lot of other plans, so I’m not holding my breath, but they know where to find me…”

James suggests that he and Jules go cautiously house-hunting during his stay in the capital next month.

Since announcing his decision to leave the US, he has been linked with a number of jobs here, including: Match of the day – which he says is nonsense.

In his first newspaper interview in two years, he adds: “I’d be open to hosting another talk show someday, because I love doing it.

“But I feel like it would be strange at this point to leave this show and try something similar somewhere else.”

At this point in our interview, James’ phone flashes and two words appear: “Don’t answer.”

“Look at this,” he sighs. “I’ve saved so many contacts like ‘don’t answer, don’t answer!’ – they are actually a bunch of psychopaths.

“I’m trying to block them and it doesn’t seem to work because somehow there’s a way around it.”

So, besides Harry and some psychopaths, who are the most famous people in his phone book?

“Gary Barlow… you can’t go wrong with Gary. Or maybe Piers Morgan.”

Though he didn’t keep former First Lady Michelle Obama’s cell phone, he does have a touching handwritten note from her, framed on the wall of his plush, candle-scented Diptyque LA offices. An office complete with a well-stocked drinks cart.

In 2016, the pair memorably performed Carpool Karaoke, with Stevie Wonder’s Signed, sealed, delivered

Toxic Cancel Culture

The note reads, “Dear James, thank you for the best car ride I’ve had in years. I think you are an incredibly talented person, but above all a very nice person. I couldn’t think of a cooler man to ride around for 40 minutes, Warmly, Renaissance.” [Her Secret Service name]

James, married to Jules for ten years – “we’ve thought about renewing our vows” – has been criticized for years for his weight. At his peak, and after he became famous in Alan Bennett’s History guys and ITV series big friends, the star weighed almost 133.3 kg. Since then he has lost more than 38 kg and was recently named WW Ambassador.

So what’s the secret? Intermittent fasting and boxing, it seems.

“I don’t eat until I’m 12,” he explains, sipping a despicable, sugar-free, vitamin-rich 15-calorie health drink (which he’d given me earlier to cure an unhappily timed hangover).

“I have a trainer I box with most mornings, and so far I’ve had an apple today. I try to eat healthy and not deprive myself.

“The idea of ​​going on a diet is all that’s wrong because at some point you go back.

“It’s like Dry January — it’s great when you give up the booze for January, but in the back of your mind you think, ‘Well, in February I’m going to have a drink.’

“You don’t have to cut anything. It’s just being aware of what you’re putting into your body, trying not to eat things that have too many ingredients. I just enjoy it [Weight Watchers]† You don’t beat yourself up when you’re having a bad week – you just don’t go back to eating Quavers at midnight.”

Corden, one of the hardest working stars in the industry, has a new Amazon series, Mammalscomes out in the fall.

It will be his first British project since the surprise Gavin & Stacey Christmas special in 2019 – which attracted 18.5 million viewers and became the most watched non-sporting event in a decade. Corden, who tries to leave his CBS studios at 8 p.m. to put his kids to bed at least three times a week, is now one of Hollywood’s most recognizable stars.

Giant billboards – his face plastered over them – line the city.

However, he has remained about as normal as the circumstances allow. While acknowledging his family and business partner Ben Winston for keeping his size 10s firmly on the ground, he also refuses to Google himself and steadfastly ignores online trolls.

He’s equally pragmatic when it comes to the toxic culture of cancellation – “it’s impossible to talk about in a world where a decision has been made to remove context and nuisance.” He muses about trolls and internet negativity: “I don’t actually go there anymore.

La-la land-sounding

“Maybe those things would touch me more when I was younger, but at some point you just have to stop going into those rooms.

“It’s like someone came up to me and said, ‘Everyone there says you’re an asshole,’ then you’d go, ‘What!?’ And you’d go in and go, ‘Wait a minute’ and maybe you’ll try to get someone right and then you’ll leave.

“And if you keep going in all the time, that’s up to you.”

So far, so La-La Land sounding. However, Corden is adamant that he is not lost in showbiz. However, he recently completed a four-day course in transcendental meditation. What, according to Dr. Google, empowers devotees to “bring the body into a state of soothing alertness.”

He continues: “I started with transcendental meditation. I went to a man. I would highly recommend.

“You do a course, and at the end of it you have these tools where you give yourself 20 minutes of silence every day to let your thoughts be what they are, and I’ve found that very, very beneficial.

“I don’t think of it as anything special for LA, but I really enjoy it.

“Normally, when I have 20 minutes to spare, I’m on my phone, watching something, and that’s it — now I’m doing this. It’s great.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is reproduced with permission

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