He arrived in the Netherlands after a quick stop-off in the UK to visit his grandmother and father. Asked by the TODAY host how the Queen was, he replied: ‘Being with her, it was great.
‘It was just so nice to see her, you know, she’s on great form, she’s always got a great sense of humor with me and I’m making sure she’s protected and got the right people around her.’
Kotb asked if he made her laugh. ‘Yes I did,’ he replied. ‘Both Meghan and I had tea with her so it was nice to catch up with her. ‘Home for me now is for the time being is in the States and it feels that way as well. ‘We’ve been welcomed with open arms and we have such a great community up in Santa Barbara.’
The interview will air in full on Wednesday morning. ‘Hoda Kotb sat down with Prince Harry to talk about the Invictus Game, his surprise visit with the Queen, and lie with his wife Meghan Markle,’ the Today show wrote on Twitter, while also sharing an image of Kotb, Harry, and one of the veterans taking part in the sporting event.
Teasing the interview – which is due to air in full on Wednesday morning – on Tuesday’s show, Kotb’s co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin added that the Duke of Sussex will also discuss fatherhood and life with his and Meghan’s two children, Archie, two, and 10-month-old Lilibet.
The news of the interview will likely have raised concerns inside Buckingham Palace over what bombshells the Duke could drop during the on-air chat, which comes just over a year after the Sussexes’ explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
During that controversial sit-down, the couple made several damaging allegations against the royal family – the most serious of which saw them accuse an unnamed senior royal of making racist remarks about their son Archie’s skin tone.
Two months later, Harry aired further allegations about his family in a five-part Apple TV+ series on mental health, which he co-created with Oprah; in the show, he accused his father, Prince Charles, of making him ‘suffer’ as a child, and alleged that the royal family tried to silence him and his wife.
Meghan will likely not appear in the Today show interview; she has already left the Netherlands and returned home to California in order to reunite with Archie and Lilibet, having confessed to a military veteran at the Invictus Games that she was missing her two children after being separated from them for the longest time since they were born.