Prince Harry takes aim at royal family, talks Queen in shocking TV interview

Smooth preparations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations were canceled yesterday by Prince Harry’s extraordinary interview.

Speaking to US network NBC’s Today show from the Netherlands, where he is attending the Invictus Games, Harry, 37, was asked about his reunion with the Queen in Windsor last Thursday.

Buckingham Palace had maintained a dignified silence at the gathering – partly out of respect for the king, who loves his grandson – but Harry did not choose to issue a polite “no comment”.

In fact he went even further.

Prince Harry may be ready to heal old wounds.  While taking part in the fifth Invictus Games – a sporting event for injured and sick veterans – the Duke of Sussex, 37, sat down with TODAY's Hoda Kotb and opened up about his recent visit with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Camera IconThe Duke of Sussex, 37, sat down with Hoda Kotb TODAY and opened up about his recent visit with his grandmother, the Queen. Credit: TODAY/TODAY

She said it was refreshing to meet her “in some element of privacy”, and made the extraordinary claim that she wanted to “protect” her grandmother, apparently indicating that she was not being served well by some of the “people around her”.

Interviewer Hoda Kotb asked: “How does it feel to be back, with him?” Harry replied: “That’s great. It’s very nice to see. He’s in good form. He always had a great sense of humor with me. Just making sure he’s protected and getting the right people around him.”

It’s not clear exactly what he meant. Was he referring to loyal members of the Royal Family – the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall or the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – none of whom spoke of recent events?

Or did he mean he was let down by his staff?

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend the annual Chelsea Flower show at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 18, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Simmonds - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Camera IconPrince Harry said he wanted to “protect” his grandmother. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images

Harry has frequently revealed that he, like his mother before him, has an inherent distrust of the “man in the gray suit” around royalty.

But apart from the senior courtiers, the Queen is also served by a loyal and devoted personal staff including her confidant Angela Kelly, her page ‘Tall Paul’ Whybrew and Master of the Household Vice Admiral Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt, all of whom have their best interests firmly at heart.

There are also questions about how Harry, who is no longer a working member of the Royal Family – and who claims he can’t even come to the UK because he fears for his family’s safety – can “‘protect” the Queen.


Harry went on to claim that the Queen told him things he felt he couldn’t say to anyone else.

He said: “We have a very special relationship. We talked about things he couldn’t talk about with anyone else. So that’s always a good part of that.”

That Harry had always enjoyed a good relationship with his grandmother was beyond doubt.

Raja definitely has a soft spot for her and he can always coax her out of her comfort zone.

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