“We all know what the British press can be like, and it was destroying my mental health,” he said during the segment. “I was like, this is toxic. So I did what any husband and what any father would do.”
They have since moved to Los Angeles and have begun carving out new lives, increasing their public visibility and engagement with more sympathetic media figures.
During the segment with Corden, in which the pair travel round Los Angeles in an open-top bus, Harry revealed he has watched “The Crown” — the popular drama that probes a number of reported fractures within the royal family. “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.
“They don’t pretend to be news, it’s fictional,” Harry added of the show, about which his fellow royals have generally been tight-lipped. “But it’s loosely based on the truth. Of course it’s not strictly accurate, but … 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.”
Harry and Meghan have been mired in a long-running war of words and lawsuits with a large portion of the tabloid media, fighting multiple legal cases against publications and photo agencies that had printed details of their private lives.
Harry: We’ve Zoomed the Queen a few times
Harry told Corden his life with Meghan in LA will be “a slightly different version, but a continuation, of what we were doing back in the UK anyway.”
Their statement at the time, which insisted that “service is universal,” was read by many as a rejection of the Queen’s framing of their departure.
“It was never walking away. It was stepping back rather than stepping down. It was a really difficult environment,” Harry said, adding he’ll never “walk away,” regardless of “whatever decisions are made on that side.”
But he told Corden they have video-called the Queen and Prince Philip since their move. “We’ve Zoomed them a few times, they’ve seen Archie running around,” he said.
Harry also discussed his relationship with Meghan and their son Archie, revealing the child’s first word was “crocodile” and that the Queen sent him a waffle maker for Christmas, at Meghan’s request.
Turning to the couple’s early romance, he said: “Dating with me, or with any member of the royal family I guess, is kind of flipped upside down. All the dates become dinners or watching the TV or chatting at home. And eventually when you become a couple, then you venture out to dinners, to the cinema and everything else.”
During the segment, the pair visit the house used in the ’90s Will Smith series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” with Harry revealing — during a bout of somewhat awkward rapping — that he knows the lyrics to the show’s famous theme song, before slipping inside for a bathroom break.
Corden then video-calls Meghan on Harry’s phone to jokingly suggest the pair move in. “I think we’ve done enough moving,” she said, dropping her nickname for her husband — “Haz.”
Interest in the couple’s new lives is likely to intensify after they sit down for a lengthy interview with Winfrey, which is expected to touch on the nature of their departure from royal life.