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Prince Harry opens up about visiting Queen and life in the US during interview with Hoda Kotb at Invictus Games

Written by on 20 April 2022

Prince Harry has opened up about seeing the Queen for the first time in two years, saying he just wanted to “make sure that she’s protected”.

The Duke of Sussex was joined by his wife, Meghan, to pay a visit to his grandmother, while on their way to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands last week.

The couple had not been to the UK together since they quit as senior working royals back in January 2020.

During an interview with Today show host Hoda Kotb about the games, Prince Harry discussed the trip and his life in the US.

He told Ms Kotb that it was “great” to be back with the Queen and she is “on great form” but he wanted to ensure that she had the “right people” alongside her.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attending the Invictus Games sitting volleyball event in the Invictus Games Stadium, at Zuiderpark the Hague, Netherlands. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2022.  Image: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Invictus Games

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“She’s always got a great sense of humour with me and I’m making sure that she’s you know, protected and got the right people around her,” the 37-year-old said.

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“Meghan and I had tea with her, so it was really nice to catch up with her,” he added.

Back in March, the duke and duchess were notably absent from a memorial service held for his grandfather, Prince Philip.

At the time, a spokesperson for Harry said that the prince hoped to visit the Queen soon.

‘Home for me, for the time being, is in the States’

Also during the interview, the duke spoke about his life in the United States, saying he has been “welcomed with open arms” and has a “great community” in Santa Barbara, California, where he lives with Meghan and their two children, Archie and Lilibet.

“Home for me now is, for the time being, is in the States,” he explained.

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The interview comes during the Invictus Games, which is a sporting competition for wounded veterans founded by Prince Harry.

Created in 2014, it aims to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel or veterans from across the globe, by giving them to chance to compete in events similar to the Paralympics.

The full interview will be aired on Today on Wednesday morning.