Prince Harry’s Interview With Barack Obama Is Even More Adorable Than Expected
Prince Harry and Barack Obama have been friends for years. With shared interests and Obama’s previous presidential status, they’ve put their heads together on more than one occasion. Even as Obama’s term in the White House is over, their friendship seems to be closer than ever.
Considering they’re always smiling and joking around, we didn’t think their friendship could get any more adorable. However, we were proven wrong when Kensington Palace released a clip of Harry interviewing Obama. Here’s what we know about their interview (so far), including all the moments that prove they’re engaged in an all-out bromance.
Kensington Palace released a preview of their interview
We don’t have access to the full interview yet, but we’re fine with watching this clip on repeat until it releases. Thanks to Kensington Palace, we caught a glimpse into the 40-minute interview, which is set to air Dec. 27, 2017 on BBC Radio 4 Today. Although the station is based in England, you’ll be able to stream it no matter where you live.
Kensington Palace revealed on Twitter what the two powerful men will be discussing. They wrote, “The conversation with @BarackObama includes his memories of the day he left office and his hopes for his post-presidential life, including his plans to focus on cultivating the next generation of leadership through the @ObamaFoundation.”
Obama set the tone of the interview
Right off the bat, Obama set the tone for the interview by asking Harry, “Do I have to speak faster? Because I’m a slow speaker,” taking a jab at his notorious pauses between words. Harry comforted his pal by saying, “No, not at all.”
Obama didn’t let up, asking while holding back a smile, “OK … do I need a British accent?” Honestly, we wish Harry would have replied with a “yes,” because we would have loved hearing Obama’s attempt at a British accent — especially for 40 whole minutes.
Harry threatened to use ‘the face’
Harry may not have asked Obama to use a British accent, but he did warn him against those long pauses. He cautioned, “If you start using long pauses between the answers, you’re probably gonna get ‘the face.’”
Obama requested, “Let me see the face.” After Harry gave his best stern look, the former president joked, “I don’t want to see that face.”
Obama offered to turn the tables
Following their banter, Harry gave Obama a rundown of how the interview will go. Once they both seemed ready to get started, Harry admitted, “You’re excited about this, I’m nervous about this.”
Obama came up with an alternative option, offering, “I’ll interview you, if you want.” Harry responded, “No, let’s keep it this way. I’d much prefer that.”
If we had to be interviewed by someone with the quick wit Obama has, we’d probably like to maintain control of the interview, too.
They were clearly enjoying each other’s company
Although Kensington Palace released this clip on Sunday, Dec. 17, they recorded the interview in September of the same year. In fact, it was while the two were at the Invictus Games in Toronto, where photos of Harry and Obama had already proven just how much they enjoy each other’s company.
The two were sitting next to each other at during one of the game’s events, clearly sharing a joke or two. If we learned anything from their interview clip, it’s that their senses of humor fit together seamlessly — so we’re sure their court side smiles are completely genuine.
They’ve been friends for much longer
Back in April 2016, while the Obamas were still in the White House, the royal family hosted the first couple as dinner guests at Kensington Palace. Prince William arranged the dinner, but Harry and Kate Middleton joined in hosting duties.
A source told People, “They were delighted that [the first couple] were able to accept.” By the looks on their faces, it looks like everyone involved was delighted. The source added, “The three of them have built up a relationship with the president and first lady over the years.”
They discussed shared interests
Once Obama’s reign as president was over, that certainly didn’t affect his friendship with Harry. In May 2017, Obama was once again a guest at Kensington Palace, where they discussed a number of shared interests. According to Kensington Palace, those topics included “support for veterans, mental health, conservation, empowering young people and the work of their respective foundations.”
Obama tweeted about the meeting, as well: “Good to see my friend Prince Harry in London to discuss the work of our foundations & offer condolences to victims of the Manchester attack.”
Obama congratulated Harry on his engagement to Meghan Markle
Like any good friend would do, Obama took to Twitter to share his happiness over Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle.
He wrote, “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.” We’re definitely seeing some double dates in their future.
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