Prince Harry has said he misses his family in his latest television interview – and admitted that working from home has been “really hard” especially with young children in the house.
In an interview with Today show host Hoda Kotb in the Netherlands about the Invictus Games, the Duke of Sussex spoke openly about his family and how he wants to make the world a “better place for his kids”.
He also said how he feels the guidance of his mother “more than ever before”.
Asked if he missed his family at home, he said “yes”, adding “especially over the last two years, for most people, have we not missed their families? Right?”
But when asked specifically if he missed his brother and father, Prince William and Prince Charles, he stopped short of answering directly, saying he was focused on competitors at the Invictus Games.
“Look, I mean… at the moment, I’m here focused on these guys and these families and giving everything I can, 120% to them to make sure that they have the experience of a lifetime,” he said.
“That’s my focus here. And when I leave here, I go back, and my focus is my family, who I miss massively.”
Working from home ‘not all it’s cracked up to be’
He said days revolve “around the kids as much as humanly possible” and they would interrupt their Zoom calls.
The 37-year-old added: “This whole working from home stuff is not all it’s cracked up to be – certainly post-COVID – because it’s really hard.
“But when your kids and you are in the same place, it’s really hard to separate the work from them, ’cause they kind of overlap. I mean, Archie spends more time interrupting our Zoom calls.”
It was pointed out to Harry that he had lived in the US for two years and he was asked if he feels “peaceful now”.
He said: “I don’t know how many people feel truly peaceful, you know? I feel, at times, I feel massively at peace.
“And we as human beings are compassionate people. But when your life becomes really hard, it can be, for some, harder to find the compassion for other people.
“But what I’ve learned over the years is – certainly for myself – I find healing in helping others. And I think that’s what we should really be focusing on.”
Harry says his mother is ‘helping me set up’
Harry said he had “always wanted to be a dad” and “I’ve got two little people who I’m responsible for” and had been telling them about his mother, who died in 1997.
Of his son, Archie, two, the duke said: “I don’t tell him all the stuff that happened, but certainly this is, you know, Grandma Diana and a couple photos up in the house.”
Asked if he feels the presence of his mother, Harry added: “It’s constant. It has been over the last two years. More so than ever before.
“It’s almost as though she’s done her bit with my brother and now she’s very much back to helping me. Got him set up, now she’s helping me set up. That’s what it feels like.
“He’s got his kids. I’ve got my kids. You know, circumstances are obviously different.
“I feel her presence in almost everything that I do now. But definitely more so in the last two years than ever before.”
Duke tells of responsibility ‘I feel’ as a parent
He said there was “so much to be happy about in the outside world, but there’s also so much to worry about” and it was about “trying to make the world a better place for my kids”.
He added: “Otherwise, what’s the point in bringing kids into this world, right? It’s a responsibility that I feel as a parent.”
The Duke of Sussex was joined by his wife, Meghan, to visit the Queen during their journey to the Invictus Games last week.
Harry said his grandmother was “on great form” and he wanted to make sure she was “protected” and had the “right people around her”.
‘I don’t know yet’: Harry’s Platinum Jubilee uncertainty
Prince Harry said he was “sure” the Queen was looking forward to her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, but was not sure he would be able to attend.
When asked if he would be there, he said: “I don’t know yet. There’s lots of things – security issues and everything else.
“So this is what I’m trying to do – trying to make it possible that, you know, I can get my kids to meet her.”
Queen to celebrate birthday at Sandringham
Meanwhile, the Queen has arrived at her Norfolk estate where she will celebrate her 96th birthday on Thursday.
The monarch was flown by helicopter from Windsor Castle to her Sandringham home, where she enjoyed family gatherings with the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Queen has been experiencing mobility issues in recent months and cancelled appearances at a number of events.
She was able to attend Philip’s memorial service and has continued carrying out her duties of state and hosting virtual events.
It is thought the monarch will stay at the Duke of Edinburgh’s cottage Wood Farm while at Sandringham, a property she said her late husband “loved”.