Former President Obama literally got the royal treatment when he was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 recently. His interviewer was the guest editor of the radio station, Prince Harry, who admitted to being nervous at the prospect of conducting the conversation on the radio.
According to a report in The Hill, Prince Harry told the much-missed former president:
“You’re excited about this; I’m nervous about this!.”
Prince Henry of Wales KCVO, commonly known as Prince Harry, is the youngest of Prince Charles’ sons and the fifth in line for sitting on the throne of the United Kingdom. He invited Obama to be interviewed to discuss their “shared goal of promoting youth leadership,” in addition to the former president’s life after leaving the White House.
The rapport between the two men was easy and light with Obama asking
“Do I have to speak faster because I’m a slow speaker?” He interjected, “Do I need a British accent?”
The prince replied with his own bon mot:
“If you start using long pauses between the answers, you’re probably going to get ‘the face,’ ” Harry replied jokingly.
Kensington Palace posted a sneak preview of the encounter between the two mutual admirers on Twitter to promote the broadcast which will take place later this month.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 17, 2017
The two men have met several times before the interview including in Chicago when the Prince attended the Obama Foundation’s inaugural summit, again at Kensington Palace earlier this year, and at the Invictus Games in Toronto this summer where the interview was recorded.
Obama and his wife Michelle congratulated the Prince on his recent engagement to the American actress Meghan Markle, and, unlike President Trump, are expected to be invited to their wedding.
Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement. We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 27, 2017
How nice it is to be reminded that America once had a President that you wouldn’t think twice about inviting to your wedding.