prince harry speaks about 'stepping back' from royal life, his mental health, & fatherhood

Prince Harry Speaks About ‘Stepping Back’ From Royal Life, His Mental Health, & Fatherhood

In a very refreshing appearance on The Late Show with James Corden, Prince Harry opened up about leaving royal life, fatherhood, and the effect the press had on his mental health saying that British media was “destroying my mental health.” Jame Corden, for his part, covered a lot of ground with the Duke of Sussex ranging from his son, Archie‘s first word to beloved gifts from the Queen.

The pair run all over Los Angeles on their set for the day, the upper level of a double-decker tour bus to comply with COVID-19 safety measures. He denied the claim that he had left the royal family and instead reframed it as “stepping down.”

James Corden asked Prince Harry all the questions fans wanted to learn more about including his bold move to the US with his wife, Meghan Markle, and son, Archie.

“It was never walking away. It was stepping back rather than stepping down,” the Prince explained to Corden as they zipped through LA. “It was a really difficult environment. As I think a lot of people saw, we all know what the British press can be like, and it was destroying my mental health. This is toxic. I did what any husband, any father would do. I needed to get my family out of here.”

Last week, Buckingham Palace said Harry and Meghan had “confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.”

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The Late Show host then asks the royal about his 21-month-old child to which he replied, “My son is just over a year and a half. He is hysterical. He’s got the most amazing personality. He’s already putting three or four words together, he’s already singing songs.”

Then the prince reveals that Archie’s first word was “Crocodile.”

“Three syllables,” Harry beamed.

When asked about more of his personal life and what life’s been like since moving to Montecito, California with “Meg,” as he calls the Duchess, he replied that although it’s a new experience he still gets a proper English breakfast thanks to a very particular gift from Queen Elizabeth. The couple has been in Montecito since mid-March.

“My grandmother asked us what Archie wanted for Christmas and Meg said a waffle maker. She sent us a waffle maker for Archie. So breakfast now, Meg makes up a beautiful organic mix in the waffle maker,” he explained to Corden.

Adding that his son “loves”  the waffle maker and that “Archie wakes up in the morning and goes ‘waffle.'”

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“Bit of yogurt, bit of jam on top,” he continued on about waffle preparation. “I don’t know if that’s the right thing to do. Bit of berries, maybe honey.”

Harry and Meghan announced, on Valentine’s Day, that they are expecting their second child together. “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child,” a spokesperson for the couple said in a statement.

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prince harry speaks about 'stepping back' from royal life, his mental health, & fatherhood
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Archie’s younger sibling will be the fifth grandchild for Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. Interestingly enough, the little one already has an association with his grandmother! Princess Diana announced her pregnancy with Harry on Valentine’s Day, in 1984. 37 years later and the connection feels bittersweet.

We were so very excited to see Corden and Prince Harry, who are friends in real life, chat about being expats and enjoying life in the States. We look forward to any other baby news come from Harry and Meghan. Until then, we’re left to wonder what sort of waffle iron does the Queen of England give? Gem encrusted? Made of pure gold? The mind wonders.

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