The Royal One Show, with Wills and Harry: A surprise appearance on the sofa from the princes turned pundits
21:29 GMT, 3 August 2012
William and Harry gave the 2012 Games a surprise boost last night – with an extraordinary TV appearance as Olympic pundits.
The Duke of Cambridge and his brother popped up during the BBC’s primetime early evening slot to offer their verdicts on Britain’s medal performances and give our athletes the royal seal of approval.
There was also an affectionate tribute to their grandmother, the Queen, over her ‘secret hobby of parachuting’ which wowed millions during the opening ceremony.
Are you sitting comfortably Sue Barker chats to Princes William and Harry on the BBC Sport's sofa last night
Informal: Both princes were dressed in open collar shirts with London 2012 pins on the lapels of their blazers
And William admitted he had been terrified that the velodrome’s ‘kiss cam’ was going to pick him out at the cycling on Thursday night, forcing him to kiss Kate in front of thousands.
In a remarkably relaxed few minutes, the two princes chatted so informally to BBC commentator Sue Barker on the sofa it could almost have been the ‘Royal One Show’.
The presenter introduced her ‘very special guests’ using their full titles, but then casually directed her questions to ‘William’ and ‘Harry’.
With Olympic history unfolding behind them, the royal pair sat side by side in front of the stadium, sporting blazers and open neck shirts, and gave the clear impression they were having a great time at the ‘electrifying’ Games.
As Harry put it: ‘We’ve had a chance to be at quite a few events, but just to feel the buzz of the British public getting behind the teams is astonishing.’
The princes spoke of their immense pride in their cousin Zara Phillips and her equestrian medal success – and revealed they were kept ‘completely in the dark’ about the Queen’s transformation to Bond girl in the Olympic opening ceremony.
Pride: Both William and Harry spoke fo how proud they were of their cousin Zara's equestrian success
The royal siblings joked about their grandmother's 'new hobby' – parachuting – and how she has been requested for the new Bond movie
The scenes, shot in Buckingham Palace and featuring the Queen alongside Bond star Daniel Craig, proved to be some of the most memorable in the extravaganza.
Harry told Sue: ‘Both of us were slightly surprised with our grandmother’s secret hobby that she had of parachuting, which went down unbelievably well.’
William said: ‘To be honest, we were kept completely in the dark about it, that’s how big the secret was.’
He said Harry had ‘got a sniff’ of a rumour but they did not know for sure until they saw the scenes. ‘She did such a good performance that she has now been asked to star in the next Bond film,’ he joked.
‘You don’t expect the Queen to do something like that,’ Harry added, quipping: ‘What she does in her spare time is her spare time…’
William admitted that he was terrified that the velodrome's kiss cam would force him kiss wife Kate in front of the crowd
The princes have been highly visible during the Games, not just enjoying themselves at the events, but acting as unofficial Olympic ambassadors for Britain’s image abroad.
However, William revealed that occasionally the attention gets a little too much. Events at the velodrome feature a ‘kiss cam’, in which subjects are picked out by a roving lens and encouraged to kiss on screen.
‘I was absolutely dreading that they were going to show myself with my wife,’ William said. ‘And that would have been very embarrassing.’
William described the silver medal won by their cousin Zara’s team in the three-day equestrian event as ‘absolutely fantastic’, adding: ‘Emotionally I got completely carried away in the moment.’
Harry added: ‘We as cousins are very, very proud. It explains why we never get to see her as she is always riding.’