Phillip Schofield was quick to defend his co-host during a conversation on This Morning about Prince Harry’s latest interview on US television. The Duke of Sussex sat down with Hoda Kotb on NBC’s Today show where he spoke about his recent visit to the Queen.
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, paid a private visit to see the monarch and met the Prince of Wales in Windsor last Thursday (April 14), having flown in from their home in the US. USA before traveling to The Hague. in the Netherlands, where the Invictus Games are held.
Speaking about his meeting with the Queen, the 37-year-old prince, who stepped down from his royal duties in 2020, said: “It was great being with her, it was so nice to see her, she’s in great shape.” She has always had a great sense of humor with me and I just make sure that she is protected and that she has the right people around her. Meghan and I both had tea with her, so it was really nice to catch up with her.”
The conversation about his visit to the Queen comes days before the monarch’s 96th birthday on Thursday (April 21) and just over a year after the funeral of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and their interview has returned to make headlines and cause debate.
Their interview was discussed by Phillip and co-host Holly Willoughby on Wednesday’s This Morning, when they were joined by guests Tom Swarbrick and Camilla Tominey in the show’s ITV studio.
After taking a look at a clip of her chat, Holly, 41, commented: “So he says in there that ‘I hope she’s protected and has the right people around her’, suggesting that the people around her around right now are ‘Don’t you protect her? What does that mean?
Camilla, who reports on the royal family as associate editor of The Daily Telegraph, said it’s “strange” but added: “Who are you referring to? Are you referring to your closest assistant, Angela Kelly, who we know? The couple had a falling out in the run-up to the royal wedding because there was a disagreement over whether a tiara could be produced at the right time for Meghan’s hairdresser.
“Are you referring to Prince Charles, Prince William and the rest of their family and are you suggesting that she doesn’t have the right people around her?”
Phillip, 60, responded: “The thing is, I don’t know this lady who did the interview, but she didn’t ask the question we all ask ourselves. She immediately laughed and moved on.” about ‘you make her laugh’. What she didn’t ask was, ‘What do you mean by this?'”
He added: “If you look at it, for the first time, has it ever happened that someone has potentially criticized people around the Queen?” to which Camilla said that she had done that in Oprah’s interview by “blaming the staff for blocking her way to see the Queen.”
He then explained who interviewer Hoda Kotb was, saying, “She’s from the Today show in America, she used to work for NBC quite a bit. She’s like the equivalent of Holly and with her partner in crime,” to which Phil chimed in. : “Holly would have asked the follow-up question!”
Holly, while pleased with her co-star’s support, winced as she joked, “I hope,” before they went on to try to dissect Harry’s interview some more. Tom then commented, “I think, again, unfortunately for him, it may seem a bit condescending that he’s trying to protect her, apparently from the same institution that he left to protect himself.”
Harry, who moved to Montecito, California, with Meghan following their decision to step down as senior royals, also spoke about the United States now being his home. He said, “My home now, for the moment, is in the United States and it feels that way. We’ve been welcomed with open arms and we have a great community in Santa Barbara.”
Harry flew back from California, without Meghan, who was heavily pregnant at the time, to attend his grandfather’s funeral in Windsor in April 2021. He also returned to the UK to unveil the statue of his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales. , on July 1, 2021. with his brother the Duke of Cambridge. However, he was absent from the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service which took place earlier this month.