Prince Harry Almost Appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live’ To Promote ‘Spare’

“I know that Harry was all in. He was really serious about doing it.”

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To promote his memoir Spare, Prince Harry appeared on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert—but he almost appeared on another popular American television show to promote the book: Saturday Night Live.

According to multiple outlets, Harry was this close to appearing on the iconic comedy show, but at the last minute, apparently, the appearance fell through. 

According to a source speaking to Page Six, “I know that Harry was all in. He was really serious about doing it—and it would have been great fun as promo for the book. SNL producers have been after Harry for a while. Everyone on the show was really into the idea, and people would have definitely tuned in.”

Another industry insider tells the outlet “There’s always lots of names in the mix, but Harry was definitely a name being discussed.” In fact, sources tell Page Six, the show’s executive producer Lorne Michaels still loves the idea of Harry appearing on the show, either as a host or, as one of the outlet’s sources says, possibly “coming on as a surprise in a sketch.”

This past Saturday night, during the weekly “Weekend Update” sketch, Michael Che asked James Austin Johnson and Devon Walker—who were playing two “British rappers” and former Eton schoolmates of Harry’s—about the royal family. Johnson, playing a character called “Milly Pounds,” said “They’re mean to our boy Harry, alright. We know what really goes down” before rapping about the Duke of Sussex. Even if Harry himself wasn't there, he is still very much the topic of conversation.

Rachel Burchfield
Contributing Royal Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the royal editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.