Prince Harry mocks the monarchy on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert


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 his family’s long-standing and much-admired tradition of pomp and circumstance during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his bombshell memoir Spare this evening, 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 Duke filmed his own interview – comes 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 his family's long-standing and much-admired tradition of pomp and circumstance during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert this evening

The 38-year-old Duke of Sussex poked fun at his family’s long-standing and much-admired tradition of pomp and circumstance during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert this evening

Tonight's episode of The Late Show kicked off with a skit featuring Harry and Hanks, 66, being greeted by royal fanfare as they entered the CBS studios

Tonight’s episode of The Late Show 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, like Harry’s own 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 official 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.   

Meanwhile a trailer for the episode saw Colbert ridiculing the royal family, comparing the Duke to Harry Potter and joking that his explosive new 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 that magic hat 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 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 has now chosen to do The Late Show, in what appears to be an attempt to tout his memoir in a more light-hearted manner

After a series of serious TV interviews the Prince has now chosen 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 perform the fanfare at official state events, including Harry's own wedding and Prince Philip's funeral

The trumpeters featured in the show were wearing replica uniforms of the official garb sported by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry who perform the fanfare at official state events, including Harry's own wedding and Prince Philip's funeral

The trumpeters featured in the show were wearing replica uniforms of the official garb sported by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry who perform the fanfare at official state events, including Harry’s own wedding and Prince Philip’s funeral

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 Harry’s expense – and the expense of the Royal Family including the Queen – 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 also appear to poke fun at his own family including hanging a trinket likeness of the Queen on a Christmas tree.

Spare reveals that Meghan gave Harry an ornament of the Queen that she had bought from a local store in California.

Harry writes in his book that it was ‘Granny’s face to a T’ and hung it straight on the large 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 has now chosen to do The Late Show, in what appears to be an attempt to tout his memoir in a more light-hearted manner. 

When the interview began Harry furiously slammed down accusations that he 'boasted' about killing 25 Taliban fighters

When the interview began Harry furiously slammed down 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 Taliban members while he was serving as an Apache helicopter pilot

Harry, 38, faced serious criticism from politicians and former military members after leaked excerpts from his book revealed his recollections of killing Taliban members while he was serving as an Apache helicopter pilot

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