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Prince Harry avoids answering ‘how are you?’ question during interview with Meghan Markle

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hosted a TIME100 talk on social media and where Harry gave a unique answer to the question. Meghan later shared an update on their baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The virtual conference is the latest appearance from the royals, with the couple previously speaking to TIME about the US election.

Prince Harry, when asked how he was by TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal, instead focused on the impacts of coronavirus on people’s lives.

He said: “I think when people ask, ‘How are you?’ I sense, you know, it’s a case of ‘Really, how are you?’

“Before this year, I think everyone sort of throws that term around and everyone’s satisfied with a ‘Yeah, I’m good. I’m fine, thanks’ and then it’s moving on to something else,”

“But I think you’re quite right. This year, more so than ever, it really is a question of ‘No, no, no. Actually, how are you?'”

Meghan then added how they have used lockdown to get quality time with Archie.

She said: “All things considered, everyone is grappling with a different version of the same thing.

“For us, we’re trying to embrace all of the quality time we get with our son right now and to not miss a single moment of his growth and development, which has been really special.”

Harry added: “We have the opportunity to spend more time as a family than we would otherwise.”


Previously Prince Harry said he was “fortunate” to have enough space during the pandemic, and expressed gratitude for his position.

He said on a video call to the Rugby Football League: “I’m just unbelievably fortunate and grateful to have outdoor space and see my son able to be outside, because I know so many people just haven’t had that opportunity in the last five months.

“Our little man is our number one priority but our work after that is the second priority and we are just trying to do everything we can to do our part to make the world a better place.”

The Duke also joked he needs “a few mini rugby balls that I can then get Archie involved with the game, because at the moment it’s impossible to find any”.

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It comes as Prince Harry has been speculated to be unhappy in the US according to royal biographer Angela Levin.

She said to the Royal Beat: “He looks terribly unhappy. His face looks absolutely dead. He used to sparkle. He’s charismatic.

“He’s so lively it makes you feel energised as if you have taken an energy pill and there it’s all words.”

Ms Levin said she thinks this because of his body language and added: “He deflects the question and whenever he did or does that it’s because he doesn’t want to answer that question, he wants to present something else.

“He could have said a lot more about why he liked it but it went straight off.”


The royal couple also spoke during their TIME100 appearance about the dangers of social media during the coronavirus pandemic.

Prince Harry said: “There’s an overwhelming desire for everybody out there for truth, because there is so much information being thrown around from one side to the other.

“What is happening in the online world is affecting the world. It is not restricted to certain platforms or certain social media conversations or groups.

“This is a global crisis – a global crisis of hate, a global crisis of misinformation, and a global health crisis.”

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