Last night, The Late Late Show with James Corden had a special guest: Prince Harry. It was a major get for the show, as earlier this month Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wouldn’t be returning as working royals. (When the couple announced they were taking a “step back” last January, the Queen left a door open for their return after a year.) “Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service,” the palace announced.
“We can all live a life of service. Service is universal,” a Sussex spokesperson commented in return.
It was a serious situation that received serious news coverage. So it makes sense that when the Duke decided to do his first public appearance since the announcement—and his first major interview in over a year—he decided that, while addressing the whole situation, he might as well have a bit of fun.
And James Corden delivered. The British comedian, beloved for his casual “Carpool Karaoke” series, interviewed Harry in a similar style—although instead of belting out Adele in a Range Rover, he and Harry cruised through Los Angeles in a double-decker bus. “James, you’ve got Carpool Karaoke,” Harry joked. “Maybe I can do English Tea on the 405?”
It wasn’t all tea and crumpets: Corden did ask about his decision to leave the royal family, as well as what the Prince envisioned for his family’s future. (He just did it while they were touring the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s house.) The result? A charming interview that will crack you up and give you a deeper understanding of the royal. And, after two years of dramatic news coverage, it’s frankly nice to see Prince Harry having fun again.
Below, ten things we learned about Prince Harry from his extensive Late Late Show interview, from what the Queen gave the family to Christmas to why, exactly, he decided to step back from his old life.
1. Harry Knows We Think He Doesn’t Carry Cash
There’s a widely circulated rumor, often touted by internet blogs, that the royal family doesn’t carry cash. It’s often used as a prime example of “royals, they’re not like us!” Of course they don’t need to pick some bread from the grocery store! It is picked up for them, and then somehow taken out of their massive bank account, you plebeian!
This is likely somehow of an exaggerated truth—and one Harry has no problem poking fun at. When Corden asked him to hop on the bus and pay the fare, he replied: “You know us royals, we don’t carry cash.”
2. Harry Can Sing The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Song
One stop on Harry and James’s tour? The iconic white-pillared mansion from Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. (“It’s good enough for the fresh prince, it is good enough for the real prince,” deduces Corden.)
The talk show host asked the Duke if he knew the song from the opening credits. Guess what—Harry did, and gamely belted it out. Then, he asked the owners if he could use their restroom. (Weird to write out, but charming when you watch it, we promise.)
3. Meghan Calls Harry “Has”
At one point in the show, Corden and the Duke FaceTime the Duchess. “Has,” she asks, “How is your tour of L.A.?” Corden responds for all of us when he asks—“Has? Is that what we’re calling you now?”
4. Harry Knew Meghan Was “The One” On Their Second Date—and More Royal Dating Tidbits
“The second date I was starting to think wow, this is pretty special,” the Prince told Corden when he asked about their courtship. He also described how difficult royal dating can be: “Dating with me, or any member of the royal family I guess, is flipped upside down. All the dates become. . . watching the TV, or chatting at home. Once you eventually become a couple, then you venture out to dinners to the cinema,” he explains. That led to a quicker courtship: “Everything was done back to front with us. We got to spend an enormous amount of time just the two of us rather than going to friends’ houses, or out to dinner, where there were other distractions.”
5. Their Average Night Involves Giving Baths and Watching Game Shows
Harry broke down his and Meghan’s average night—and it’s surprisingly normal. They give Archie a bath, read him a book, put him to bed, and then it’s some time for takeout and television. What do they watch? “Jeopardy, maybe a little bit of Netflix.”
6. He Has Some Thoughts On The Crown
Speaking of Netflix—has Harry seen The Crown? He doesn’t answer that exactly, but he doesn’t mind, and actually appreciates, the grand royal epic. “They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fictional,” he says. “But. . . it gives you a rough idea about what the lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.”
Plus, he’d pick Peter Morgan over the British tabloids any day: “I am way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself,” he says. “It’s the difference between ‘that is obviously fiction, take it how you will,’ but this is being reported as fact because you are supposedly news. I have a real issue with that.”
7. If He Had to Pick an Actor to Play Him in The Crown…
It would be Damian Lewis.
8. Archie Loves the Queen’s Christmas Gift
Queen Elizabeth got Harry, Meghan, and Archie—wait for it—a waffle maker for Christmas. Archie, says Harry, is quite fond of the machine. In fact, when he wakes up in the morning, Archie now goes, “Waffle?”
9. He Needed to Get His Family Out of the Spotlight
“It’s such a monumental decision to have walked away from the royal family. Why did you think that was necessary and the right thing to do for you and your family?” Corden asks. “It was never walking away. It was stepping back rather than stepping down,” Harry explained. “We all know what the British press can be like. It was destroying my mental health. I was like*—this is toxic*.” So he decided to get himself, and his family, out of there.
10. Harry “Will Never Walk Away”
Despite no longer being a working royal, Harry insists that he and Meghan are still dead-set on being advocates and activists. “My life is always going to be about public service. Meghan signed up for that. And the two of us enjoy doing that,” he explains. Harry also addresses the Queen’s statement, although doesn’t mention it outright: “As far as I’m concerned, whatever decisions are made on that side, I will never walk away. I will always be contributing,” he says. “My life is public service, so where I am in the world, it is going to be the same thing.”