American children tuning into Netflix today, Friday, to pass another endless day of lockdown will have a new offering to entertain them—a special edition of the British show Thomas The Tank Engine, introduced by one of its biggest fans, Prince Harry.
Promotional clips of the special, Thomas & Friends, released this week, showed Harry, who showed up for his first day of nursery school in 1987 sporting a Thomas bag, settling down fireside to read the story. Harry looked at home and comfortable in the clip, filmed in the U.K. in January before he and Meghan left British shores for good.
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It was a self-consciously British setting; a squishy rather than elegant armchair, covered in a loose check print, a pile of hardbacks on a side table next to him and a set of fire tongs casually propped up against the marble fireplace surround.
It was hard not to reflect that in the multiple video clips he has filmed since then, from the rented or borrowed homes the Sussexes have occupied in Canada and now Los Angeles, Harry has sought out anonymous, featureless backgrounds, lest we learn anything of his whereabouts.
Even Harry’s most loyal supporters freely allow that Meghan and Harry have found adapting to the stresses of life under lockdown as challenging as anyone else, but they hit back Thursday at claims that Harry is all at sea emotionally, and badly missing the old pals and army comrades who used to sustain him.
“Most people’s lives have been shaken up quite a bit in the last few months,” a friend told The Daily Beast.
It was reported Thursday by the Daily Telegraph, one of the few British newspapers not to have been cut off by the Sussexes, that Harry was yearning for at least some parts of his old life, with what was described as a well-placed source saying: “Harry has told friends he is really missing the Army as well his military appointments. He misses the camaraderie of being in the forces.