Prince Harry to join celebs including Jon Stewart & Bruce Springsteen in online charity comedy event to support veterans

PRINCE Harry will join an all-star comedy line up to honour Army veterans next week.

The royal will appear virtually from his LA mansion for the Stand4Heroes show, which will also feature comedians Jon Stewart and Tiffany Haddish and musicians Sheryl Crow and Bruce Springsteen.

The news was revealed by Omid Scobie, the author of tell-all book Finding Freedom, which details Harry's relationship with Meghan Markle.

It comes just days after Harry, who served in the British Army for a decade, spoke of being shot at while serving in Afghanistan ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

In an interview on military podcast Declassified, he said wearing the uniform is "among the greatest honours there are in life".

"The act of remembering, of remembrance, is a profound act of honour," the prince said.

"It's how we preserve the legacies of entire generations and show our gratitude for the sacrifices they made in order for us to be able to live the lives we live today."

He rose to the rank of Captain and undertook two tours of Afghanistan during his service.

He said: "When I get asked about this period of my life, I draw from memories.

"I draw from what I remember and who I remember – like the first time we were shot at and who I was with, the casualties we saw, and those we saved, and the first medevac we escorted out of contact in a race against time.

"Once served, always serving – no matter what."

But he was this week forced to deny a Remembrance Sunday photo shoot with Meghan was a "publicity stunt" after a backlash.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were pictured laying flowers at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

It happened after the couple's request for a wreath to be laid at the Cenotaph on their behalf was turned down because they no longer represent the monarchy.

The Queen was reportedly not told about her grandson's request.

Instead, Harry's wreath lay forgotten at the Royal British Legion's Kent HQ.

He was later pictured with his wife in LA, laying flowers picked from their garden at the graves of two Commonwealth soldiers – one from the Royal Australian Airforce and one from the Royals Canadian Artillery.

The couple quickly came under fire for the move, with Piers Morgan accusing them of using it as a "PR opportunity."

But a friend of the couple said: "If you listen to the podcast that he did at the weekend, he talks about wearing the poppy and wanting to recognise Remembrance Sunday, not only for all those people historically, but also for the people he knew that he lost.

"I don't think that's someone who does something like Remembrance Sunday as a publicity stunt."

The move into comedy is an unexpected one for Harry, who has spent much of the summer trapped in America by the pandemic.

But making video appearances isn't new for the Duke, and the royal couple have given a series of interviews on topics including race and sexism during the past year.

In July, they declared that Brits must acknowledge the Commonwealth's "uncomfortable" past.

During the video chat, Prince Harry appeared to reference the British Empire, adding: "There is no turning back now".

"When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past," he said.

"So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do."

Days before, he apologised for "institutional racism" as he said it had "no place in society".

He said: "My wife said recently that our generation and the ones before us haven’t done enough to right the wrongs of the past. I too am sorry.

"Sorry that we haven’t got the world to the place where you deserve it to be."

And in October, he gave an interview to Black Lives Matter protester Patrick Hutchinson.

During the chat, he said he didn't know unconscious bias existed until he married Meghan Markle and 'walked a day in her shoes'.

"Once you realise or you feel a little bit uncomfortable, then the onus is on you to go out and educate yourself, because ignorance is no longer an excuse," he said.

"And unconscious bias, from my understanding, having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was.

"I had no idea it existed.

"And then, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realise it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife's shoes."

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