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Harry-Obama Interview: The Prince Interviews the Former US President for BBC 4’s TODAY Show

In September this year, during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Britain’s Prince Harry recorded an interview with former US President Barack Obama on behalf BBC 4’s TODAY program, confirmed Kensington Palace on Sunday.

According to the Palace, the interview, scheduled for broadcast on December 27th, features the two-term former Commander-in-Chief of the United States reminiscing about his last day in office.

He also talks about his post-presidential aspirations, including his plans to nurture the next generation of leadership through the Obama Foundation.

The less-than-a-minute teaser released Sunday shows the recently-engaged prince and the former president getting ready for their formal chat in a light-hearted manner, with the two established friends trading jokes.

Obama: “Do I have to speak faster because I’m a slow speaker?”

Harry: “No, no, not at all.”

Obama (interrupting): “Okay. Do I need a British accent?”

Harry (continuing to answer the first question): “But if you start using long pauses between the answers you’re probably going to get the face.”

Obama (laughing): “Lemme see the face,” and then after a pause, “I don’t want to see that face.”

Prince Harry then goes on to explain to his friend how the 40-minute recording would be abridged to a twenty-minute package for the BBC for after Christmas, adding, “We hope to use the whole thing as a podcast after this.”

“It’s going to be fine,” says a relaxed Obama. “Excellent. I’m ready whenever.”

“You’re excited about this and I’m nervous about it, that’s what’s quite funny,” confesses Prince Harry and Obama responds with, “I will interview you if you want.”

Harry responds to that without missing a beat, “No, no, let’s keep it this way, I’d much prefer that.”

Prince Harry and Obama share a happy moment at this year’s Invictus Games
Prince Harry and Obama share a happy moment at this year’s Invictus Games

The friendly banter between Obama and the prince is nothing new; it reflects the strong bond of friendship the two have developed ever since they met informally at the White House in 2015 to promote the Florida Invictus Games – an international sports annual meet for wounded, disabled and sick armed services personnel and veterans, a cause championed by the prince.

Then in 2016, the Obamas were invited for dinner at Kensington Palace where they got to meet the then two-year-old Prince George who was in his pajamas and dressing gown.

Also last year, a video posted by the Obamas on Twitter showed the former first couple playfully taunting Prince Harry with a mock challenge saying “bring it.”

“Unfortunately for you, Flotus and Potus, I wasn’t alone when you sent me that video,” Harry tweeted back along with a video of himself watching the challenge with his grandmother, the Queen Elizabeth II who says “Oh really? Please.”

Obama has met the prince on a number of occasions since he finished his term at the Oval Office, including a visit to Kensington Palace during his Europe tour where they exchanged views on veterans and empowering the young.

The Obamas were among the first to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement.

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