Prince Harry kicked off the latest in a long line of TV interviews to promote his memoir Spare by ridiculing royal tradition and mocking the monarchy – with the help of Hollywood A-lister Tom Hanks.
The 38-year-old Duke of Sussex poked fun at royal pomp and circumstance during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, for which he pre-filmed a skit that showed him being greeted at the CBS studios by two trumpet heralds wearing regal uniforms.
In the video, Harry is seen rounding a corner and walking along a red carpet while the trumpeters begin their fanfare, with the duke telling Colbert in a show of mock humility: ‘Woah, woah, woah, stop, stop. Stephen, not needed, but thank you, I appreciate it.’
‘What are you talking about? This isn’t for you!’ Colbert, 58, responds, before urging Harry: ‘Get out of the way, he’s coming!’
At that point, Hanks, 66, who was a guest on the late-night show on Monday – when the interview with the duke was filmed – came around the corner, jokingly exclaiming: ‘I’m back! Where’s my fanfare?’ while Harry throws rose petals at him.
Prince Harry has kicked off the latest in a long line of TV interviews by ridiculing royal tradition and mocking the monarchy – with the help of Hollywood A-lister Tom Hanks
The 38-year-old Duke of Sussex poked fun at royal pomp and circumstance during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night.
The episode kicked off with a skit featuring Harry and Hanks, 66, being greeted by royal fanfare as they entered the CBS studios
The trumpeters featured on The Late Show were sporting uniforms that appeared to be replicas of the official garb worn by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry – who perform the fanfare at official state events such as Harry’s wedding and Prince Philip’s funeral – however in place of the royal standard, they had the letters ‘L’ and ‘S’ embroidered on their jackets.
Harry’s pre-taped interview with Colbert has already resulted in several explosive moments which were brought to light courtesy of teaser clips shared on the CBS show’s Twitter account.
In those trailers, the duke furiously denied that he ‘boasted’ about killing 25 Taliban fighters, while taking aim at his critics for ‘spinning’ his words and putting his ‘family in danger’.
He also confirmed to the TV host that he watches controversial Netflix series The Crown, admitting that he has even seen ‘more recent’ episodes, which portray dramatized versions of his late mother Diana’s battle with bulimia and his parents’ bitter divorce.
Another trailer for the episode saw Colbert ridiculing the Royal Family, comparing the duke to Harry Potter and joking that his book is available as a commemorative plate.
After playing a clip where Harry describes his pain at William trying to avoid him at Eton, the Late Show presenter said to roars of laughter: ‘That’s heartbreaking. To be rejected by his older brother at school even though magic has sorted them into the same house. What do you think? Hufflepuff? Gryffindor?’
After Colbert tells Harry that the trumpeters were not in fact for him, but rather for Hanks, the duke begins throwing rose petals at the laughing actor
After a series of serious TV interviews the prince chose to do The Late Show in what appears to be an attempt to tout his memoir in a more light-hearted manner
The trumpeters featured in the show were wearing replica uniforms of the official garb sported by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry who performed the fanfare at official state events, including Harry’s wedding and Prince Philip’s funeral. Right, the State Trumpeters during preparations for Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018
In another teaser Colbert said Spare is available in hardback, audiobook and ‘commemorative plate’ – a joke at the expense of Harry and other royals whose weddings and anniversaries are marked with limited edition tableware and crockery.
And then in a further joke at the Royal Family’s expense Colbert says: ‘Stock up on corgis and steal a priceless cultural treasure from one of your colonies because The Late Show is going imperial.’
Harry’s book also contains anecdotes that appear to poke fun at his family including hanging a trinket likeness of the Queen on a Christmas tree.
In Spare, the prince reveals that Meghan gave him an ornament of the Queen that she bought from a local store in California.
Harry wrote that it was ‘Granny’s face to a T’ and he hung it on the Christmas tree in their California home.
Toddler Archie was running around and knocked the tree’s stand, which caused the ornament to fall off and smash into pieces.
After a series of serious TV interviews – which some critics claim failed to properly question contradictions in his book – the prince chose to do The Late Show, in what appears to be an attempt to present his memoir in a more light-hearted manner.
During the interview Harry slammed accusations that he ‘boasted’ about killing 25 Taliban fighters
Harry, 38, faced serious criticism from politicians and former military members after leaked excerpts from his book revealed his recollections of killing 25 Taliban members while he was serving as an Apache helicopter pilot.