Prince Harry’s bromance with former US president Barack Obama has reached a new high: the pair have sat down for a 45 minute interview, set to be broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on 27th December.
Part of a special edition of the show which has been guested edited by the Prince, the interview is set to focus on ‘their shared interest in building platforms for the next generation of young leaders.’ It was recorded in September this year, when the pair met up at the Invictus Games in Toronto.
Topics of conversation will include Obama’s ‘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 Obama Foundation.’ A shorter segment will appear as part of the programme, with the full interview available to download as a podcast.
To increase our anticipation (and, you know, enhance our appreciation of the pair’s friendship), Kensington Palace has released a teaser clip setting the tone, in which Harry and the former President are gearing up for their chat. As Harry gives a brief overview of how the interview will pan out, Obama jokes that he – as a slow speaker – might have to speed things up, before asking if a British accent will be compulsory.
Harry’s answer? ‘No, not at all. But if you start using long pauses between the answers you’re probably going to get the face.’ The face in question is a particularly stern one, to which Obama responds: ‘I don’t want to see that face.’
‘You’re excited about this, I’m nervous about this – that’s what’s quite funny,’ Harry adds, alluding to the fact that he is normally the one being interviewed, rather than asking the questions.
Since news of Harry’s engagement to US actress Meghan Markle broke last month, much of the discussion around potential wedding guests has focused upon the question of whether the Obama family will attend.
The Prince first met the couple during Barack’s presidency, but their friendship has continued since the Obamas left the White House. This year alone, Barack dropped in to visit Harry at Kensington Palace; the Prince soon returned the favour when he spoke at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit.
NOW READ: Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Relationship Timeline
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.
They were introduced by mutual friend Markus Anderson, who is the director of Soho House.
In October 2016, the Express became the first newspaper to publish news that Prince Harry had a new girlfriend.
On November 8th 2016, Kensington Palace released an unprecedented statement which referring to Markle as Harry's girlfriend for the first time.
In the statement, Prince Harry condemned the 'wave of abuse and harrassment' faced by Markle, saying that he was 'worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.'
'It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,' the statement continued.
The couple were papped together for the first time in December 2016, shopping for a Christmas tree in London at the Pines and Needles store.
Later that week, they were seen on London's West End, catching a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
In February, Prince Harry wore a his 'n' hers bracelet on the cover of Town & Country magazine, just weeks after Markle was pictured wearing the same one on Instagram.
In March 2017, Meghan joined Prince Harry in the Caribbean for the wedding of his friend's Tom 'Skippy' Inskip and Lara Hughes-Young.
It was the first time that Markle accompanied Harry to a wedding, marking another milestone occasion for the couple.
The first public event attended by the couple was the polo at Coworth Park in May 2017.
Later in May, Markle attended the party portion of Pippa Middleton's wedding to James Middelton.
Prince Harry was seen driving her to the event after the church ceremony.
The couple made their first official public appearance in September, when Markle attended the opening of Prince Harry's Invictus Games.
Meghan wore a maroon midi dress with a pleated chiffon skirt by one of her favourite Canadian brands Aritzia.
She teamed it with a matching burgundy biker jacket by Mackage.
Although Prince Harry was sat next to First Lady Melania Trump at the event, rather than his girlfriend, she was only seated a few rows behind him.
The couple were photographed together the following day at the wheelchair tennis.
Much was made of Markle's choice of outfit: ripped jeans and a white blouse called 'The Husband'.
The couple 'broke with royal protocol' by holding hands and appearing affectionate while at the Invictus Games.
Prince Harry reportedly spent time with Meghan's mother Doria while at the Games too.
The couple indulged in some PDA at the closing ceremony.
Prince Harry was photographed kissing Meghan.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Meghan referred to Harry as her boyfriend numerous times, saying: 'We're a couple. We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people understand is that this is our time.'
In late September 2017, it was reported that Meghan had met the Queen, prompting speculation that the relationship was getting serious.
In early November 2017, it was reported that Meghan Markle was leaving Suits after seven series.
In mid-November 2017, bookies suspending betting on an impending royal engagement, as speculation grew that an announcement was about to be made.
On November 27th 2017, Prince Charles announced the engagement of his younger son Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after 15 months of dating.
The couple later appeared at a photocall, with Markle wearing a white dress coat by Canadian brand Line The Label. The website has subsequently crashed.
The engagement ring, by Cleave and Company, was reportedly designed by Prince Harry himself, using two stones that belonged to Princess Diana.
When asked by waiting photographers if the proposal was romantic, Harry joked 'of course!'