Meghan appeared only briefly in the interview, when Mr. Corden called her to suggest that she and Harry buy the Fresh Prince’s house. She is expected to get her close-up during Ms. Winfrey’s interview, on CBS.
Unexpectedly, Harry offered a backhanded endorsement to “The Crown,” the popular Netflix series about the royal family that has drawn criticism from some in Britain for playing fast and loose with the facts. While acknowledging its artistic license, he said it captured the unrelenting scrutiny placed on working royals.
“I’m way more comfortable with ‘The Crown’ than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself,” he said, referring to Britain’s rough and tumble tabloid papers.
Harry and Meghan are going public at a difficult time for the royal family. It is keeping a vigil over Prince Philip, the queen’s husband, who is entering his 10th day in a London hospital, where he is being treated for an infection. Philip has been visited by Prince Charles, his son, and Prince William, his grandson.
William told a photographer earlier this week that Philip, who is 99, was doing OK, and the palace said he was responding to treatment. The queen, 94, has yet to travel from Windsor Castle to visit her husband. But his age and the length of the hospitalization raised inevitable anxieties about his health.
Elizabeth and Philip have both been vaccinated against the coronavirus — a fact that the queen took note of in a video call with health officials on Thursday in which she urged all Britons to get inoculated. Casting back to the spirit of national solidarity during World War II, she said that people who were reluctant to get vaccinated needed to think of others rather than themselves.
“Once you’ve had a vaccine, you have a feeling of you know, you’re protected which I think is very important and as far as I could make out it was quite harmless,” the queen said. “The jab — it didn’t hurt at all.”