Prince Harry on Ensuring the Queen Is ‘Protected’ and Whether He Misses Prince Charles and William

Prince Harry did a sit-down interview with The Today Show during the Invictus Games in The Hague, the Netherlands, and the Duke of Sussex opened up for the first time about his surprise visit to see his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II with wife Meghan Markle, as well as where his relationship with his father, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince William, stand. After stepping back from their senior royal family roles in 2020, Meghan and Harry’s relationship with the royals has been strained.

“Being with her, it was great,” Harry said of meeting the Queen with Meghan last week. “It was just so nice to see her. She’s on great form. She’s always got a great sense of humor with me, and I’m just making sure that she’s, you know, protected and got the right people around her.”

He touched on the distance, saying, “You know, home—home for me, now, is, you know, for the time being, in the states. And it feels that way as well. We’ve been welcomed with open arms, and we’ve got such a great community out in Santa Barbara.” (Harry and Meghan live in Montecito, CA, with their two children, Archie and Lili.)

Harry remains close to the Queen, he added: “We have a really special relationship. We talk about things she can’t talk about with anyone else.”

He revealed he doesn’t know yet whether he will be at the Queen’s Jubilee events: “There’s a lot of things with security issues and everybody else,” Harry said. “This is what I’m trying to do, make it possible for my kids to meet her.”

Hoda Kotb asked Harry whether he misses his family back home. “Yes, I think especially over the last two years, most people, do you not miss your family?” Harry responded. When asked whether he missed seeing William or Charles, he hedged, saying, “Look, I mean—for me, at the moment, I’m here, focused on these guys [Invictus Games competitors] and these families and giving everything I can, 120 percent, to them to make sure they have the experience of a lifetime. That’s my focus here. When I go back, the focus is my family [Meghan, Lili, and Archie], who I miss massively. Of course I do [miss Archie and Lili], they’re two little people.”

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