Harry was behind a cheeky prank with the Queen, Philip and Charles at the heart of it, in a joke that gave one royal aide “the shock of his life”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan are now happily married and expecting the arrival of their first born with a due date fast approaching in April.
Their spectacular May 2018 wedding cemented Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s positions as senior royals alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton. Although he is settling into his more mature role as a husband and soon-to-be father, Harry is still well-known for his cheeky sense of humour and love of jokes.
One of those jokes is revealed by royal author Katie Nicholl.
In her 2010 biography: ‘Harry and William’, Katie recalls one prank that Prince Harry played on his grandmother, the Queen that gave an aide ‘the shock of his life’. Ms Nicholl writes: “Harry had always been the more troublesome of the two princes. And even Her Majesty had been on the receiving end of his pranks”.
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“One Christmas she was given a mobile telephone and asked Harry to activate a standard voicemail greeting. Prince Harry insisted on recording a personalised message”. Ms Nicholl claims that Harry’s message ran: “Hey, wassup? This is Liz”!
“Sorry, I’m away from the throne. For a hotline to Philip, press one, for Charles, press two and for the corgi’s press three”. She adds that there were also “snorts of mirth from Prince William who could be heard guffawing in the background”.
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Ms Nicholl continues to write:-
“Her Majesty was told of the hoax message by her private secretary, Robin Janvrin. It was when he called up and ‘got the shock of his life’, according to an aide”. The royal family traditionally spend Christmas at Sandringham, although Ms Nicholl is unclear on where Prince Harry recorded the message.
The Duke of Sussex also had a cheeky surprise at Kate and William’s royal wedding in 2011. It was when a wiggly worm toy he had brought to amuse the little bridesmaids and pageboys. And somehow, the toy managed to find its way into the official wedding portraits.