USA Updates Prince Harry discusses Queen Elizabeth II’s health in TV interview
Speaking to “Today” show anchor Hoda Kotb from the fifth Invictus Gamesan international sports competition for injured veterans and service members which he founded, Harry reflected on his visit with the British monarch at Windsor Castle.
“Being with her, it was great,” Harry said in a video clip of the interview, set to air Wednesday. “It was just so nice to see her.”
“She’s on great form,” Harry said of his grandmother, who suffered a bout of COVID-19 in February.
The queen, who turns 96 on Thursday, has been experiencing mobility problems, cutting back on public duties after spending a night in the hospital in October and testing positive for COVID. She attended a memorial service last month for her late husband Prince Philip and has continued to meet virtually with diplomats and politicians.
The queen also did not attend the Easter Sunday service at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, a fixture in the royals’ calendar.
But, according to Harry, the queen is still in good spirits. “She’s always got a great sense of humor with me,” Harry added. “I’m just making sure that she’s, you know, protected and got the right people around her.”
“It was really nice to catch up with her,” he added.
Harry was accompanied by wife Duchess Meghan during his UK visit.
For Meghan, 40, Thursday’s visit marked her first time in the country since March 2020 when she and Harry, 37, stepped away from royal duties and moved to California. Prior to Thursday, Harry was last seen in the UK in July 2021 for the unveiling of a statue of his mother Princess Diana at Kensington Palace in London.
Of living in the US, Harry revealed to Kotb that it genuinely feels like home, gushing about the warm reception he and his family have received.
“We’ve been welcomed with open arms, and (we’ve) got such a great community up in Santa Barbara,” Harry said.
In March 2021, Harry and Meghan told Oprah Winfrey in a TV interview that their decision to leave the UK was based in part because they were fed up with racism in the British media and in the royal family. Harry said he wanted to protect Meghan, who said she became suicidal from the pressure of royal life.
Contributing: The Associated Press