Prince Harry is set to star in an unexpected TV show

It’s one that the royal has loved for years.

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  • Prince Harry made a cameo on the 75th episode of the TV show, Thomas the Tank Engine
  • The episode also featured the Queen and Prince Charles

First, it was Prince William popping up on our screens during the Big Night In fundraising special, which saw him make a very funny joke about Tiger King (yep, even the royals know who Joe Exotic is), now it’s his younger brother’s turn.

Prince Harry (who recently stepped away from the spotlight and his role as a senior royal, in favour of a quieter life in California with his wife, Meghan Markle, and son Archie) has taken a turn at recording a cameo… To be honest, if you’d have asked us to place a bet on which show he’s guest-starring in this really wouldn’t have been it.

Harry (and The Queen, but we’ll get to that in a moment) has joined forces with a very well known train and his pals – none other than Thomas the Tank Engine. His star turn is in a special episode called Thomas & Friends: The Royal Engine, which has been created to mark the 75th anniversary of the iconic train.

Speaking about the opportunity, Harry said, ‘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.’ We wonder if Meghan gave him some acting pointers beforehand?

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While Harry appears in real person form, to introduce the celebratory episode, Her Majesty later appears in cartoon guise. The 22-minute plot is centred on Sir Topham Hatt being invited to London by Queen Elizabeth II to receive an award, and a young Prince Charles requesting that Thomas come along too.

‘I certainly have fond memories of growing up with Thomas & Friends and being transported to new places through his adventures,’ said Harry, of the children’s programme. ‘I am very proud to have been asked to take part in this special episode. I wish Thomas & Friends a very happy anniversary.’ It’s believed he recorded the episode’s introduction back in January.

In case you needed any further proof that Harry really is a long-time fan, here’s an adorable gem from the archives showing him rocking a Thomas the Tank Engine t-shirt back in 1989, while holding hands with his mother, Princess Diana. Too much!

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We have a sneaking suspicion that baby Archie might also be a fan of the show too, so perhaps Harry wanted to take part to give his little one a surprise too. Next up, a future Eastenders walk-on part?

This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan UK

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