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Prince Harry Shares Archie’s Surprising First Word and Talks About ‘Stepping Back’ From Royal Family

Prince Harry is setting the record straight about his new life outside of royal family. He surprised fans by opening up to The Late Late Show host (and fellow Brit), James Corden, in a lengthy segment which aired last night.

The fun interview covered several topics, including some adorable stories about he and Meghan Markle’s son Archie. Corden was particularly tickled to learn Queen Elizabeth bought the little one a waffle maker for Christmas. Although Archie is still too young to use the kitchen gadget himself, he’s apparently a big fan of the breakfast dish. Harry explained, “Archie wakes up in the morning and literally just goes, ‘Waffle?’”

That wasn’t the only cute tidbit about the soon-to-be big brother. Apparently Archie has quite the vocabulary, which started off with a mouthful of a first word: crocodile. Harry beamed with pride while telling Corden about the milestone and boasted, “Three syllables!” 

The delightful 17-minute interview revealed a lot about the prince that we can honestly say we’d never thought we’d ever see. Take a look to hear Harry rap a few lines from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song, show off his impressive strength in an obstacle course, and more: 

We love that Harry clearly didn’t shy away from any questions as the pair made their way around Los Angeles on the top level of a double decker bus.

When asked about leaving the royal family, he was quick to clarify, “It was never walking away, it was stepping back rather than stepping down.” He added, “It was a really difficult environment, as I think a lot of people saw. We all know what the British press can be like, and it was destroying my mental health. I was like, this is toxic.” 

He explained that the decision to leave was “what any husband and what any father would do.” He also clarified that stepping back didn’t mean he was abandoning his philanthropic spirit. “My life is always going to be about public service, and Meghan signed up to that, and the two of us enjoy doing that. Trying to bring some compassion and, y’know, trying to make people happy, and trying to change the world in any small way that we can.”

And for those wondering how he feels about the Netflix series The Crown, he was quick to offer his candid opinion. “They don’t pretend to be news, it’s fictional. But it’s loosely based on the truth. Of course it’s not strictly accurate, but loosely,” Harry said. “It gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.” 

As enlightening as this interview was, we’ll be hearing even more from Harry, along with Meghan, soon in an upcoming special with Oprah, which is set to air on CBS March 7. We can’t wait to tune in!

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