If you didn’t have a reason to be in love with Prince Harry already, all you have to do is watch his recent interview with James Corden on the Late Late Show and you’ll start feeling a little jealous of Meghan’s man. Not only is Prince Charming witty and surprisingly really funny – gotta love a man with a good sense of humor – but throughout the interview he was thoughtful, kind, considerate, amiable, and oh yeah, he did a military obstacle course at the end.
While we are all waiting on pins and needles for that tell-all interview with Oprah airing next week, to tide us over until then, here are 12 ways Prince Harry was the real Prince Charming during his 17 minutes with Corden.
When He Rode a Red, Open-Top Tour Bus for the Very First Time
Usually Corden takes his guests around in a sleek Range Rover. Nope. Not Harry. Nothing but the best for this royal. Corden showed up with an enormous, very conspicuous, very large, red, double-decker tour bus. Harry took it in stride and generously said he’d always wanted to ride in one, sit at the top, and experience a city like a tourist, but had never gotten the chance in London as it was home, and he’d only been in LA during COVID-19. So this was a real treat for him.
English Tea on the 405, Anyone?
While they sat in traffic on the 405 – the eternally clogged version of Sheikh Zayed Road – sipping a traditional English Tea from a trolley cart, Harry had an idea. “James, you’ve got ‘Carpool Karaoke.’ Maybe I could do ‘English Tea on the 405?’ There’s an idea.”
Just then the bus gave a big lurch, causing the tea things to scatter and a PA to fall over. The laughing Prince looked down at his now tea-stained clothes and said “[BLEEP] I guess ‘Tea on the 405’ is not a good idea!” The moment was made even more hilarious when he composed himself, took another sip of his tea and immediately spit it out in an uncontainable burst of laughter. Corden responded by shouting, “Clean it up Harry!” to which the Prince, [bleeping] bless him, began to clean it up.
Fresh Prince Harry
Corden took Harry to the iconic house from the hit show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Guess who knew the words to the opening song? Yep. Guess who then sang them? Yep again.
“Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down…” Right. So, still appropriate then.
The 'I'm Actually Dying for a Pee' Moment
Corden turned to Harry to convince him to just make an offer on the house, to which Harry looked at the owner and said, “I’m actually dying for a pee. Could I use your bathroom?” She said yes, naturally – because who would say ‘no you can’t use my toilet; go find a Starbucks’ – while Corden just stood there flabbergasted.
“Hang on!” the host said.
“It’s okay, I’ve had a COVID test,” replied the Prince.
“You’re actually going for a wee?”
“Well, yeah,” and he walked in, met the other owner properly with his hands behind his back, and popped into the loo of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
The Bathroom Window Moment
Harry literally popped his head out of the bathroom window to the outside and gleefully told Corden – who was still standing on the steps – to come and get him if he didn’t return in five minutes. Then popped back in giggling like a school boy. Even Corden couldn’t keep himself from bursting out laughing.
At one point, Corden took Harry’s phone and FaceTimed Meghan. After a bit of back-and-forth with her fellow actor, she turned to Harry and said, “Haz, how’s your tour of LA going?”
“Haz?!” said Corden. “I didn’t know we were calling you Haz now!”
“Well, no. You’re not my wife, right?”
When He Knew Meghan Was 'The One'
Corden asked him when Harry knew Meghan was ‘the one’ and he said confidently, “The second date.” He went on to explain how dating a royal is kind of backwards because it starts out with a lot of hanging out alone at home, and only after they become a couple do they go to public places. So they got a lot of time just the two of them early on, and found that they were really comfortable and at ease with one another right away.
His Views on 'The Crown'
Harry had nothing but respect for Netflix hit series, The Crown – a show all about his family history and, this season in particular, about the turbulent relationship between his own father and late mother. When Corden asked about it, Harry responded by saying it is fiction. Yes, it is loosely based on the truth, but it does not pretend to be anything other than fiction. He does admit, however, that the show gives a pretty good picture of what that life is like: the pressure to put duty before family, and the consequences of those choices.
“I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing stories written about my family, or my wife, or myself,” he explained. “That is obviously fiction, take it how you will. But this is being reported on as fact because you are supposedly news. I have a real issue with that.”
Harry Just Being Harry
“Who would you like to see play you?” Corden asked.
“Damien Lewis is a great shout!” Corden exclaimed. “I think Damien Lewis as you and me as William. That’s casting.”
His Unabashedly Proud Dad Moments
When Corden asked him what Archie’s first word was, Harry proudly replied, “Crocodile.” Then he smiled smugly and nodded his head in a very proud dad way and added, “Three syllables!”
The... um... Military Obstacle Course... Was... Nice...
That’s all we need to say about that one.
His Genuine Encouragement and Desire to Do Things Together
Despite the fact that Harry obviously found the course a little less challenging than Corden, he made sure to never make it a competition, kept it light and fun, and never made his host look bad. He would take care to always run with him, offered encouraging words and support when Corden didn’t think he could do it (“Why do I feel like Baby Archie at playgroup right now?” Corden asked), and then used clever jokes and banter to keep things light. In our minds, the gentlemanly, non-competitiveness of it just made him look even more like the perfect Prince Charming.