Defiant Prince Harry insists he and Meghan Markle 'never walked away' from royals and 'life is public service'

PRINCE Harry said he and wife Meghan Markle "never walked away" from the royals – and he simply did "what any husband or father would do".

In a wide-ranging interview with James Corden on The Late Late Show, the Duke of Sussex said the couple's move to LA last year with son Archie was about "stepping back rather than stepping down".

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The chat was filmed just days after Harry and Meghan confirmed they had stepped down as senior royals, and will never return to their official duties.

But while the pair have been stripped of their honorary titles, Harry insisted his life will "always be about public service" – and says his wife "signed up for that" too.

The 36-year-old added that it was a "really difficult environment" and said of the press: "It's destroying my mental health".

The duke also spoke about his early relationship with Meghan, 39.

He said dating for him or any member of the royal family is "flipped upside down", telling Corden that early dates take place at home and only when they are a couple do they venture out in public.

"We got to spend an enormous amount of time just the two of us," he said of his early relationship with Meghan.

"There were no distractions, and that was great, it was an amazing thing. We went from zero to 60 in the first two months."

Asked what a "regular night in" for the couple is like, Harry said they may make Archie's tea, give him a bath and read him a book before he and Meghan spend time together.

The prince also cracked jokes during the interview, which took place on a bus tour of LA.

He rapped the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme tune – and when Corden told him to pay the fare for the bus, replied: "You know us royals, we don't carry cash."

He also confessed it was his first time aboard an open-top bus, telling Corden: "We're not really allowed to."

During the trip, TV host Corden served the prince afternoon tea while pointing out celebrity homes, including what he claimed were those of Friends star David Schwimmer and Die Hard actor Bruce Willis.

The pair then video-called Meghan – who asked "Haz" how his tour was going.

The prince told her Corden was "the worst tour guide in LA".

Elsewhere in the chat, he revealed that son Archie's first word was "crocodile" and the Queen gave the one-year-old a waffle maker for Christmas.

He also addressed the controversy over The Crown's portrayal of his family's history and defended the Netflix regal drama, saying it does not "pretend to be news".

UK broadcasters are in a bidding war over Meghan and Harry's upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey.

It's understood ITV has emerged as the frontrunner.

According to reports, the couple are expected to be "very candid" with Oprah in the 90-minute CBS primetime special.

The interview will air on Sunday, March 7 – and one source has warned the royals to "hide behind the sofa at the palace" when it's screened.

Meghan and Harry are set to discuss royal life, marriage, their life in the US and future goals.   

Meghan is also expected to speak about the feud with her family on her father Thomas' side.

It comes after This Morning host Holly Willoughby said that Oprah's team had been in contact with ITV for footage of an interview with her half-sister.

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