Prince Harry Tells Friend James Corden He Left the Royal Family Because It Was Destroying His Mental Health
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Prince Harry has said that he has resigned from his royal duties because the British press was "toxic" and "damaged" his sanity.
In an extraordinary interview unrivaled in the annals of royal history, Harry gave his close friend James Corden an open interview on the Late Late Show while they toured Los Angeles on an open-air double-decker bus. Corden was a guest at Harry and Meghan's wedding in 2018 and came to the evening reception disguised as Henry VIII. Another guest at the wedding, Oprah Winfrey, taped an interview mostly with Meghan that will be shown this coming weekend.
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The two men were served afternoon tea, which Corden had provided to remind Harry of home. The tea service, however, was discontinued after the bus braked hard and parked the contents of a tea cart on the prince.
"Make it clear Harry," joked Corden as the prince picked up teacups and scones.
While the 17-minute package had a humorous tone and was full of jokes and gags, it also provided the most candid glimpse yet into why Harry was stepping back from his royal duties.
When asked about his decision to leave royal life, Harry said he had no choice because the British press "was damaging my sanity".
He said of the "toxic" situation: "I did what any husband and father would do - I have to get my family out of here."
In an excavation of the royal establishment that refused to accept Harry and Meghan's proposal for a hybrid public-private role, Harry said, "We never left, and as for me, what decisions will be made on this page, I will never leave. "
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Harry said his life would continue to be about "public service" now, adding that he and Meghan were "trying to bring some compassion and make people happy and change the world in every little way possible".
When Harry said he and Meghan saw Jeopardy often! and Netflix (with whom the couple recently signed a $ 100 million production deal) asked Corden about The Crown and its controversial portrayal of his family's story that night after putting Archie to bed.
Harry, who joked that he would like to be played on the Damian Lewis series, said he preferred it to tabloid coverage of the royals because it "doesn't pretend to be news".
He added, "It's fictional. But it's loosely based on the truth.
"Of course it's not precise, but it does give you a rough idea of what this lifestyle - putting pressure, duty and service above family and everything else - can result from it."
He continued, “I'm much more comfortable with The Crown than the stories that have been written about my family, my wife, or myself because it's the difference between fiction - take it any way you want - and fact that it is being reported because you are supposedly new. I have a real problem with that. "
Harry also shared how she met Meghan and how he knew she was the one on their second date.
"We got on well and felt so comfortable in each other's company," he said.
“Dating me or a member of the royal family is kind of upside down. All the data is going to dinner or watching TV or chatting at home.
"We went from zero to 60 in the first two months."
Meghan, who is pregnant with the couple's second child, made a cameo in an interview on FaceTime when Harry and Corden from the '90s TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel Air took a trip inside.
When Corden suggested the couple buy the house, Meghan said, "I think we've moved enough."
While visiting the house, Corden and Harry spoke to the owner and jokingly made an offer to buy it before Harry asked if he could use the toilet.
“I'm actually dying for a piss. Can I use your bathroom?” He asked.
Harry showed that the family relationships are at least somewhat functional and said his grandmother, the Queen, bought his son Archie a waffle iron for Christmas.
He revealed that Meghan is now making waffles with a "nice organic blend" and eating them for breakfast with toppings like berries and syrup.
He also said his two grandparents know how to use Zoom, but joked that his grandfather physically slammed the laptop to end a call.
Over to you, Oprah.
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