Royal tells Hoda Kotb to make sure Queen is ‘protected’ after secret visit with Meghan

Prince Harry has said he is making sure his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, is “protected” and “have the right people around” after a recent secret visit to see her with Meghan Markle.

In an upcoming interview with the US TV network NBC Newsthe Duke of Sussex said it was “just so nice” to see the Queen on his third trip back to the UK since March 2020.

The Wandering Royal Sat Down With NBC’s Hoda Kotb Show today while in the Netherlands to attend the Invictus Games, with the full interview airing Wednesday night.

It comes just a year after the Duke’s explosive TV special starring Oprah Winfrey alongside his wife Meghan Markle, and the interview could create even more turbulence for the royal family.

Follow live updates below as we report the latest on Prince Harry’s visit and learn more about what he said to NBC.

Key points so far

  • Prince Harry Says He’s Making Sure The Queen Is ‘Protected’

  • California now feels more like home than the UK, Duke says

  • Harry and Meghan Markle secretly drank tea with Queen during UK visit

  • Queen was ‘in good shape’ after recent brush with Covid-19

  • Full interview broadcasted Wednesday evening

Harry says he makes sure Queen is ‘protected’

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Prince Harry has revealed that he has taken the opportunity to ensure 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.

When asked how it felt to be reunited with the Queen, Harry said, “I just make sure she’s, you know, protected and has the right people around her.”

Read Chelsea’s full story here.

California now feels like ‘home’

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California now feels like “home” to Prince Harry, at least “for now”.

In preview footage from his interview with NBC’s Hoda Kotb, the Duke of Sussex said he had adapted well to the Golden State, my colleague Chelsea Ritschel reports.

“Home is for me now, for now, it’s in the United States,” Harry said. “And that’s how it feels. We have been welcomed with open arms.”

Your Highness, I know the feeling.

First images of Harry’s new interview

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Here are the first pictures of Prince Harry’s NBC interview, in which he was questioned by veteran TV host Hoda Kotb.

Prince Harry’s interview with Hoda Kotb (NBC News)

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Harry says Queen is in ‘top shape’ after talks with Covid

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Prince Harry told TV presenter Hoda Kotb that his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was in “top shape” after her recent battle with COVID-19.

According to new preview images released by NBC News just nowthe Duke of Sussex opened up about his recent secret visit to the Queen last week.

“It was great to be with her. It was just so nice to see her,” Prince Harry told Kotb.

“She’s in great shape. She always has a great sense of humor with me, and I just make sure she’s protected and has the right people around her.”

Child reporters get an exclusive royal interview

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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 channel. children’s correspondent

In a sweet interview on Saturday, the couple asked the Duke – kneeling so he was close to Sophia’s microphone – about his wishes for Archie and Lilibet’s future.

Prince Harry responded. “Growing up in a better world. Growing up in a fairer world, a safer world, a more equal world.” It won’t be easy, but I’ll never rest until at least as a parent I’ve tried to make the world a better place for them to make.

“Because it’s our responsibility for the world to be the way it is today, and I don’t think I should bring children into the world unless we make that commitment to make it better for them. We can’t steal your future.”

Asked about 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 struggled and suffered alone, knowing that their story is unique to them, yet so recognizable to them. so many other people.

“Putting that energy together and bringing that pain and suffering together for a week, and then everyone leaves feeling better healed. That’s what sport does, that’s what community does, that’s what human interaction does.”

He told the two children it was important for their generation to understand not only the history of war but also “the power of recovery,” and said good things can come from conflict. After the interview, the three hugged each other.

‘I promised I wouldn’t have children until I left the army’

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Another nice detail from Prince Harry’s interview with People: In his early years he did not want to marry or have children until he left the British army.

“When I was in the military, I promised myself I would be gone before I had a wife and kids because I couldn’t imagine the grief of being apart for so long during the broadcast, the risk of potentially getting hurt , and the reality that my family’s life could change forever if that happens,” Prince Harry said.

“Every member of the Invictus community has experienced things like this to varying degrees. I have tremendous respect for what they and their families sacrifice in the name of service.”

Harry explains disability to his son Archie

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Prince Harry told People that his son Archiewho turns three on May 6, is already very interested in the Invictus Games.

“I showed Archie a video of wheelchair basketball and rugby from the Invictus Games in Sydney and he absolutely loved it,” said Harry.

“I showed him how some were missing legs and explained that some also had invisible injuries – not because he asked, but because I wanted to tell him.

“Kids understand so much, and to see it through his eyes was great because it’s so unfiltered and honest.”

Second Sussex child Lilibet takes her first steps

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In his interview with People, Prince Harry also revealed that his 10-month-old daughter Lilibet has taken her first steps, reports Meredith Clark.

“Her current priorities are trying to keep up with her brother; she took her first step just a few days ago,” Harry told People. “Proud daddy, here.”

Lilibet, or Lili for short, was born last June and named after her late grandmother, the Princess of Wales, and her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Read Meredith’s full story here.

‘Having Meg by my side means everything’

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Prince Harry has described his pride and happiness when he returned to the Invictus Games with Meghan Markle as parents, my colleague Chelsea Ritschel reports.

In an interview with People magazine, the Duke of Sussex said:

“Nowhere can you feel more embraced and supported than with the Invictus family. The Toronto Games were our first time in public in an official way. We were dating at the time so it was a lot to take in, but luckily we had the perfect community for that.

“Now, five years later, we are here in The Hague at the fifth Invictus Games, parents of two and living in the US,” said Harry. “I’ve always wanted to share these incredible moments with someone special, and having Meg by my side means everything.”

Read the full story here.

Harry’s secret visit to see the Queen

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Last Thursday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a secret visit to the UK to see Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

It was only the third time the Duke of Sussex had returned to the UK since he and the Duchess withdrew from their roles as senior members of the royal family, moving to California in March 2020.

“She had enough messages for [Invictus] Team UK, which I’ve already passed on to most of them,” he told the BBC on Monday. “So, it was great to see her. I’m sure she’d love to be here if she could.”

According to The Telegraph both Sussexes have also been invited to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace later this year during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

It suggests relations between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family are improving after Queen Elizabeth’s Covid-19 infection in February.

Oprah’s Royal Interview Was The Most Explosive Since Diana

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The Sussexes’ interview with Oprah Winrey last year was easily the most revealing royal interview since Prince Harry’s mother Princess Diana’s all-telling BBC spot in 1995.

Meghan Markle, sitting on the grounds of the couple’s discreet home in Montecito, California, told Oprah she had considered suicide but was told it “wouldn’t be good for the [royal] institution” when she went to the hospital.

She said there had been “several conversations” between herself, Harry and other members of the royal family about “how dark” their mixed-race baby would be – a topic that left Harry “a little shocked”.

We don’t know if this interview will be that explosive. A year later, relations between the Californian and English Windsors may have cooled down enough to make it a more chilly affair. On the other hand, the Sussexes have surprised us all before.

Another potential bombshell interview from Prince Harry

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Good morning and welcome to our live blog from sunny California, where Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle make their home.

Instead, the couple are in the Netherlands this week to attend the Invictus Games, a sports competition for wounded or sick servicemen and veterans founded by the Duke of Sussex.

It is there that Prince Harry sat down with American TV host Hoda Kotb. We’ll get preview clips of the interview later tonight (Tuesday) and the full interview tomorrow (Wednesday).

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