THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS — Prince Harry talks about his life at home and his recent surprise visit with Queen Elizabeth II, saying he and his wife, Meghan, had tea with the monarch and shared some laughs.
“It was really nice catching up with her,” Harry told NBC’s “Today” show in an interview that aired Wednesday. “She’s in great shape. She always has a good sense of humor around me.”
Harry and Megan visited the Queen at Windsor Castle on Thursday for their first joint visit to the UK since stepping down from their official royal roles and moving to the US more than two years ago.
Harry said that, like many working parents, he and his wife have struggled to separate work and parenthood – they have two children, Archie, who is almost 3, and Lilibet, 10 months – during the pandemic. “Archie spends more time interrupting our Zoom calls than anyone else,” he said, adding that he “also gets us out of them, which is a good thing.”
The couple visited Harry’s 95-year-old grandmother as he traveled to the Netherlands to attend the Invictus Games. Harry is the founder and sponsor of the international sports competition for injured military veterans.
Harry said he wanted to return to the UK with his children for the Queen’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee, but warned ‘security concerns’ could get in the way. “I don’t know yet. There are a lot of things, with security issues and everything,” Harry said, adding that he was “trying to make sure I can get my kids to meet her.”
Harry is suing the British government for refusing to let him pay for his own police security during his visits to the UK. His lawyers say Harry wants to bring his children to visit his home country, but it’s too risky without police protection.
Harry and Meghan, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, stepped down as senior royals and moved to Santa Barbara, California in 2020, citing unbearable pressure from their roles and attitudes racists in the British media.
“Home for me is now – for now – it’s in the United States,” he said. “We were welcomed with open arms. I mean, there’s such a big community in Santa Barbara.”
Harry made solo trips to the UK to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, in April 2021 and to unveil a statue of his late mother, Princess Diana, last July.
He said he enjoyed fatherhood: “I’ve always wanted to have my own kids, and now I have two little people I’m responsible for.”
He also said he thinks about his late mother even more: “I feel her presence in almost everything I do now. .”