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

The smooth build-up to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations was thrown off course 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 at Windsor on Thursday last week.

Buckingham Palace has maintained a dignified silence at the meeting – in part out of respect for the monarch, who loves her grandson – but Harry did not choose to issue a polite “no comment”.

In fact he went further.

Prince Harry might be ready to mend 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.  “Being with her, it was great,” Harry remarked during the interview, which took place in The Hague in the Netherlands.
Camera IconThe Duke of Sussex, 37, sat down with TODAY’s Hoda Kotb and opened up about his recent visit with his grandmother, the Queen. Credit: TODAY/TODAY

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

Interviewer Hoda Kotb asked, “How did it feel being back, being with her?” Harry replied, “It was great. It was so nice to see her. She’s on great form. She’s always got a great sense of humor with me. Just making sure she’s protected and got the right people around her. “

It is not clear exactly what he meant. Was he referring to the loyal members of the Royal Family – the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall or the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge – none of whom have uttered a word about recent events?

Or did he mean she was being let down by her staff?

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend the annual Chelsea Flower show at the Royal Chelsea Hospital on May 18, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Simmonds - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Camera IconPrince Harry says he wants 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 “men in gray suits” around the royals.

But as well as senior courtiers, the Queen is also served by long-standing and loyal personal staff including her confidante Angela Kelly, her page ‘Tall Paul’ Whybrew and Master of the Household Vice Admiral Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt, all of whom have her best interests firmly at heart.

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

I’M HER CONFIDENT

Harry went on to claim that the Queen tells him things she feels she can’t tell anyone else.

He said: “We have a really special relationship. We talk about things that she can’t talk about with anyone else. So that’s always a nice piece to it. “

That Harry has always enjoyed a good relationship with his grandmother is of no doubt.

The monarch most definitely has a soft spot for him and he has always been able to persuade her to step out of her comfort zone.

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