The Duke of Sussex was today warned about his book and PR blitz making him a figure of fun – especially for Stephen Colbert – as even their favoured reporter Omid Scobie urged him and Meghan to ‘move on’ from sledging the royals.
Prince Harry is the star guest on The Late Show in the US tonight, where its satirist host cracks scathing jokes about the breakdown of his relationship with Prince William – and the history of the Royal Family.
Pr and brand expert Nick Ede told MailOnline that Harry has left himself open to becoming a laughing stock by choosing The Late Show to promote his book, which gives ‘perfect ammunition’ for Colbert.
He said: ‘Stephen Colbert is well known for poking fun at his guests and with Harry, he has the perfect ammunition to fire in all directions – at Harry himself and the royal family.
‘The problem with all of the attention that Harry is getting and creating himself is that he’s saturating the market and in doing so diluting his appeal and mystique and inadvertently building the appeal of the British Royal Family’.
And Omid Scobie, biographer of the couple, told ITV’s This Morning: ‘People want to see Harry and Meghan in a happy place, it’s all very 2020 still but now people want to see them move on and see them in 2023’.
When asked by host Philip Schofield if his book and the four TV interviews to promote it will ‘help him’, Mr Scobie replied: ‘They have got to be careful in the months ahead, they should move onto their work in the US’.
Stephen Colbert’s Late Show is the next stop on Prince Harry’s PR book blitz. Omid Scobie says of the Sussexes: ‘People want to see them move on’
Mr Ede warned that Harry faces ‘constant ridicule’ due to the number of secrets he has spilled. ‘If his idea was to break down the walls and reveal the truth about the monarchy he has failed and in doing so he himself will have to build a fortress around himself and his new family due to the constant ridicule he is receiving in a hope to keep himself safe in more ways than one’, he said.
Harry is at the end of his transatlantic TV blitz promoting his new memoirs Spare, which is out today. In a series of interviews in the US and UK he has shared intimate details of his life, including losing his virginity, his use of drugs and killing 25 Taliban, as well as private conversations with his family and the deepening rift over Megxit.
But even the usually supportive liberal US media is tiring of Prince Harry’s complaints. The Left-wing, anti-British New York Times, called his remarks ‘repetitive and tiresome’ and suggested the ‘tide seems to be turning’ in US attitudes towards the Sussexes.
And in a trailer for tonight’s show, Stephen Colbert appeared more focused on poking fun at the royal and his bitter rift with his brother, and scathing gags about Britain and the royals including the late Queen.
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?’
In another teaser Mr 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.
Harry is promoting his book on US TV again – this time with Late Show host Stephen Colbert – who appears ready to lampoon the prince and his life
In another teaser Mr Colbert said Spare is available in hardback, audiobook and ‘commemorative plate’
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’.
After a series of serious TV interviews – which some critics claim failed to properly question contradictions in his book – the prince has chosen to do The Late Show, and looks set to be made a figure of fun.
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.
Harry admitted he sought help from a medium who said she could prove she was talking to his late mother from beyond the grave because Diana was ‘giggling’ at Archie breaking the ornament.
And in the couple’s Netflix documentary, released last month, a giggling Meghan appeared to mock her own efforts at following royal protocol as she recounted the ‘surreal’ moment she first met the Queen – performing a deeply exaggerated curtsey in front of awkward-looking husband, Prince Harry.
In it, the Duchess of Sussex compared the first encounter with Her Majesty to a lowbrow themed dinner at America’s ‘Medieval Times’. Her husband, who served in the Army with the Queen being his commander in chief, looked uncomfortable throughout.
Prince Harry was seen downing tequila shots with late night host Stephen Colbert
He is said to have answered the Colbert Questionert during the segment that will air Tuesday
The chat show star who is turning Harry and the royals into a joke: How Stephen Colbert became the king of US late night TV
As the youngest of 11 siblings in a family of intellectuals, liberal comic Stephen Colbert’s ability to make himself heard appears to have been ingrained from birth.
He was raised Catholic in Charleston, South Carolina, by his doctor-Yale professor father James and homemaker mother Lorna. Colbert has said in past interviews that although he was raised in a devout family, his intellectual parents taught him to be questioning of the Church, a theme which continues to run through his comic routines. Although he would later teach Sunday school.
In 1974, when he was ten, Stephen’s father and two of his brothers Peter and Paul were killed in a plane crash in North Carolina. The tragedy and the family’s subsequent move to an urban area of Charleston, led to him becoming an introverted teenager with few friends who relied on the worlds of science-fiction and fantasy. Colbert credits his love of the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons for sparking an early interest in acting.
By his own admission a slacker in the academic department, he swayed over whether he would attend college. He had a brief stint in a Rolling Stones cover band and saw his dreams of becoming a marine biologist shattered after surgery left him deaf in his right ear. He studied philosophy at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia then transferred to Northwestern as a theater major.
After college, he wound up in an improvised comedy troupe in Chicago where he understudied Steve Carrell and met Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. The trio were offered the chance to do an HBO series which earned positive reviews. The opportunity led to brief writing stints for SNL, MTV and GMA, before he was hired on a trial basis for the Daily Show in 1997.
He later admitted that he took Xanax for years to deal with anxiety, and said: ‘I had thrown my life away by attempting to do something that so few people actually get away with, or succeed at’.
Colbert satirized a news correspondent with little more than a basic grip of the subject he was discussing. His writing on the Daily Show earned him three Emmys.
In 2005, his news satire spin-off The Colbert Report launched on Comedy Central. It started with high-ratings and has held its place as one of the network’s most-watched shows.
On April 10 2014, it was announced that Colbert would be filling the shoes of David Letterman on The Late Show.
He lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife Evelyn and three children Madeleine, Peter and John.
Harry was seen downing tequila shots in an interview with The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert yesterday ahead of its broadcast in the US tonight.
Fans in attendance for the recording at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City told DailyMail.com the Duke of Sussex answered a series of questions from the late night host in his Colbert Questionert segment.
The quiz devised by the liberal comedian and TV host is 15 questions that he says ‘cover the full spectrum of human experience’.
Among the questions his guests get asked are what their favorite sandwich is, what app they most use on their phone and even what number Colbert is thinking of at that moment.
It is not known what his answered but people at the studios managed to film a glimpse of the segment where Harry was talking while double-parked with two tequila shots he later downed.
The interview is just the latest the Duke is doing as he works to promote his bombshell memoir, Spare, which will be released on Tuesday.
Harry was accompanied to the Late Night studios Monday night by a guard carrying a Glock lock-box, used to carry his gun and ammunition.
The prince has become increasingly concerned for his security since moving to the United States, and has frequently said he feels vulnerable.
He took legal action against British authorities after he was blocked under U.K. law from having private armed guards with him in the country.
In High Court papers filed in London, the duke said he ‘does not feel safe’ in Britain without armed security, and said the decision to prevent him being accompanied by armed guards is ‘unlawful and ‘unfair’.
When he stepped down as a working member of the royal family, he lost his official taxpayer-funded security detail, which infuriated him.
He has said that paying for private armed security is one reason for his quest to sign lucrative deals in the U.S. – such as his memoir, for which he was reportedly paid by publisher Penguin Random House a $20m advance. ET Canada reported an even more extravagant sum, claiming the deal is for four editions, with a $35m-$40m fee.
On Monday, dressed in a grey suit and navy shirt, Harry strode from his SUV into the studios to meet Colbert – who confirmed on Twitter that the interview will air on Tuesday night.
‘The interview will be Prince Harry’s first time visiting The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and coincides with the release date of his new memoir, Spare,’ CBS announced.
The PR team added: ‘With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.’
They described Harry as ‘a husband, father, humanitarian, military veteran, mental wellness advocate and environmentalist. He resides in Santa Barbara, Calif., with his family and three dogs.’
The prince was spotted earlier on Monday leaving his luxury Manhattan hotel, where rooms start at $400, rising to $3,500 a night for a suite.
There was no sign of his wife or children, who are believed to be at home in California.
Harry on Monday morning appeared on Good Morning America, telling host Michael Strahan that he would likely never return to live in the United Kingdom.
He continued his relentless attacks on the British press – the focus of much of his publicity tour – and said the press interest would make his family’s lives ‘unsurvivable’ if they were ever to return to Britain.
‘I don’t think that, even if there was an agreement or an arrangement between me and my family, there’s that third party [the British press] that’s going to do everything they can to make sure that that isn’t possible,’ he told Strahan.
‘Not stopping us from going back but making it unsurvivable.’
Harry and Meghan, 41, relocated from the UK to California in early 2020, and have, since early 2021, been raising their two children, Archie and Lilibet, in a $14.65 million mansion in Montecito – thousands of miles away from the Duke’s family.
Prince Harry is seen on Monday leaving his Manhattan hotel and heading to record an episode of Stephen Colbert’s show, accompanied by an armed guard with a Glock gun lock box
The 38-year-old’s bodyguard is seen keeping a watchful eye as Harry climbs into his waiting SUV
The prince is seen arriving at the studios where Stephen Colbert records The Late Show
Harry’s memoir is published today, and his interview with Colbert will air tonight
Harry is currently in the midst of a media blitz to promote his memoir, for which he was paid a reported $20 million advance
The prince is seen waving to fans as he left the Late Night studios in New York City Monday, wearing a different outfit
He was once again escorted by a guard back to his car as he left the studio
Harry’s armed guard
The Glock lock box carried by Prince Harry’s guard usually contains a pistol and ammunition.
It can be configured for any type of handgun.
Unlike in the U.K. – where private armed security is illegal – it is common for security guards to carry firearms in the U.S.
Harry and Meghan are believed to rely on Gavin de Becker and Associates, a private LA firm that charges up to $8,800 per day.
However, while Harry has admitted that he doesn’t believe they will ever make a full-time return to the UK or royal life, he has also hinted that he and Meghan will never give up their official titles.
In an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday, Cooper asked why they did not relinquish their titles as Duke and Duchess if they wanted a peaceful existence away from the media.
Cooper said: ‘One of the criticisms that you’ve received is that okay, fine, you wanna move to California, you wanna step back from the institutional role.
‘Why be so public? Why reveal conversations you’ve had with your father or with your brother?
‘You say you tried to do this privately.’
Harry replied: ‘Every single time I’ve tried to do it privately there have been briefings and leakings and planting of stories against me and my wife.
‘You know, the family motto is never complain, never explain.
‘But it’s just a motto. And it doesn’t really hold.’
The couple first made the shocking announcement that they were going to step back from their royal duties on January 8, 2020.
At the time, they wrote in a joint statement that they had reached the decision after ‘many months of reflection and internal discussions.’
They said they wanted to ‘work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.’
The idea of them working to support the rest of the family has become increasingly untenable, however, thanks to a series of interviews and a documentary in which they condemned the actions of their relatives and the institution they represent.
A December poll revealed that 98 per cent of participants want the pair to be stripped of their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles, after the couple aired their bombshell Netflix docuseries, which included several explosive accusations about their time as royals.
The Duke of Sussex revealed more personal details about his life in the breakfast show interview with former NFL player Michael Strahan, on Monday morning
Harry is seen with Anderson Cooper during his 60 Minutes interview, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday night
In the series, the pair claimed they were victims of ‘institutional gaslighting’ and accused the royal family of lying to protect Harry’s brother Prince William.
Harry also said in the series that he told his father, King Charles II, that he and Meghan were willing to relinquish their titles during discussions surrounding their plan to move to America – although it appears that is no longer the case.
Harry’s memoir has caused intense anguish within Buckingham Palace, although the King and Prince William have refused to comment on Harry’s mud-slinging and allegations.
Harry in the book writes that William physically attacked him, and has detailed allegations that William’s wife Kate was at loggerheads with Meghan.
He said he begged his father not to marry Camilla, and accused Camilla, now Queen Consort, of leaking stories to advance her ‘campaign’ to become officially recognized.
The prince also detailed losing his virginity, taking cocaine and other drugs, and killing Taliban fighters while serving with the British army in Afghanistan.
He said his father and brother had ‘shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile’, and said he did not see how ‘staying silent’ would help.
Harry writes: ‘Meg asked if Kate was aware of what was going on right now. With her father. Kate said she was well aware, but the dresses. And the wedding is in four days!’ ‘Yes, Kate, I know….’ his fiancée replied sharply
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