Prince Harry marks Thomas the Tank Engine anniversary in a very sweet way

By Zach Harper

Do you remember watching Thomas & Friends when you were growing up? Chances are it was one of your favourite shows. It was for Prince Harry as well, and the Duke of Sussex has helped the show celebrate its 75th anniversary with an on-camera introduction for its new episode.

Harry recorded his part earlier this year and asked for a donation to be made to charity in exchange.

"Thomas the Tank Engine has been a comforting, familiar face to so many families over the last 75 years – entertaining, educating and inspiring children on important issues through exciting stories and characters," Harry said in a statement.

"I certainly have fond memories of growing up with Thomas & Friends and being transported to new places through his adventures. I am very proud to have been asked to take part in this special episode. I wish Thomas & Friends a very happy anniversary."

The Royal Family have always been big fans of Thomas & Friends! Photo: © Mattel

Canadians can watch the episode on May 8 at 6:05 p.m. ET on Treehouse and stream it through STACKTV. It features a special appearance from two computer animated characters representing the Queen and Prince Charles as a child.

We can't wait to hear Rosamund voice her part!

The episode introduces a new character, the Duchess of Loughborough, voiced by Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). It features Thomas being selected to take Sir Topham Hatt to London to get an award from Her Majesty. But on the way, Thomas has to help another engine in distress.

Harry has long loved Thomas the Tank Engine, and was often pictured with the show's merchandise and toys as a child. Fans will fondly remember him arriving to school in 1987 carrying a Thomas the Tank Engine bag, and wearing one of the show's shirts while leaving school two years later with Princess Diana. Hopefully Harry will pass his love of the show on to Archie, who turns one next month!

Harry showing off his love of Thomas in 1987 (left) and 1989. Photos: © Jayne Fincher/Hulton Archive/Getty Images and Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

The Duke of Sussex has been very busy since relocating to Los Angeles with Duchess Meghan and Archie. The couple have been volunteering throughout the city, dropping off food to help those who are vulnerable during the pandemic. They also donated £90,000 (about $157,000) from their wedding broadcast's excess profits to Feeding Britain to help during the pandemic.

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