Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama for BBC series

By Sophie Hamilton

Prince Harry will guest edit BBC Radio 4's Today programme this Christmas and a surprise star guest will be joining him! The royal will take up the role on December 27, with the programme set to feature an interview between Harry and former US president Barack Obama. Kensington Palace announced the exciting news on Sunday (Dec 17) morning on their Instagram page.

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Barack Obama being interviewed by Prince Harry on BBC
Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama on the Today programme

The post read: "Prince Harry will guest edit @bbcnews Radio 4's Today programme on 27 December. The programme will feature an interview with former US President @barackobama and focuses on their shared interest in building platforms for the next generation of young leaders. The conversation includes President 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 @obamafoundation."

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The interview between Harry and Barack was recorded in Toronto during the Invictus Games in September. The Today programme tweeted a video clip which shows the pair warming up for the interview. Barack jokes: "Do I need to speak faster? Do I need a British accent?" Harry replies: "No, not at all, but if you start using long pauses between answers, you're probably going to get 'the face'." Harry then does a very serious expression and the former president replies, "I don't want to see that face."

Barack Obama and Prince Harry sitting together at Invictus Games
Prince Harry and Barack Obama at the Invictus Games

Harry and Barack were photographed sitting next to each other at the Invictus Games and the high-profile men seem to have struck up a close friendship. Student Hayley Stover, 18, reportedly overheard the pair chatting about Harry's relationship with his now fiancée Meghan Markle. She told the Sunday Mirror: "Obama asked about Meghan, and Harry let him know she had been to watch the tennis with him. He asked if she was enjoying the Games and Harry was really smiling as he said yes. He looked so happy. It was cute."

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