Sketch with Tom Hanks: Did Harry mock royals on talk show?

Sketch with Tom Hanks
Did Harry mock royals on talk show?

Prince Harry is touring through all media with his autobiography, including a stop on the show by US talk show host Stephen Colbert. He even did a skit with actor Tom Hanks, which some fans of the British monarchy might not find funny.

Prince Harry’s autobiography itself is currently causing a lot of conversation, but the associated promotional tour is sometimes tough. On Tuesday evening, the 38-year-old was a guest of US talk legend Stephen Colbert. There he defended himself not only in a serious dialogue against the accusation of having boasted about his actions as a British soldier in Afghanistan. The ex-royal also showed his humorous side and, in the eyes of some supporters of the British monarchy, may have overshot the mark.

The reason for the criticism is a sketch for which none other than Hollywood star Tom Hanks was brought on board. It first shows Harry walking around a corner of the studio and heading straight for Colbert who is already waiting there. Behind the presenter, two trumpet players in uniform have positioned themselves, who immediately start a fanfare reminiscent of those played at official British royal family occasions. Modest as he is, the Duke of Sussex said: “Woah, woah, woah, stop it. Stephen, no need, but thanks, I appreciate that.”

Fanfare and rose petals for Hanks

For his part, Stephen Colbert declines, because the music is not intended for the renegade monarch. The moderator instead tells him to make room because “he” is coming. What is meant is the 66-year-old Tom Hanks, who is entering the scene at this moment. “I’m back! Where’s my fanfare?” he asks while Harry just stands by and humbly tosses rose petals at him.

The British tabloid “Daily Mail” now notes in an article that the letters “L” and “S” – as an abbreviation for “Late Show” – were embroidered on the uniforms of the trumpeters instead of the royal standard. The article claims that with this skit Colbert and especially his guest made a laughing stock of the royal family.

Media campaign against the book?

However, during the conversation, Stephen Colbert also asked Prince Harry if he believed his family was actively campaigning to undermine the book. “Of course,” he replied, but at the same time added that the British media in particular did this. And so the assessment of the “Daily Mail” is probably also a bit out of thin air. What King Charles III. and Co. actually think about Harry’s performance, which was garnished with tequila shots in an allusion to his earlier alcohol escapades on Colbert’s show, is not known.

Whatever the case, it’s worth it for Harry either way. The memoirs have been officially on the market since yesterday and, according to the publisher, are already more successful than any other non-fiction book of all time. According to this, more than 400,000 copies were sold in Great Britain on the first day alone. Some shops even opened at midnight in order to bring the 512 pages to interested people right at the start of sales.

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