Prince Harry Met Princess Leia: Graham Norton Recalls the Moment the Future Duke of Sussex Encountered Carrie Fisher at a Bar

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The meeting between Prince Harry and Carrie Fisher was arranged by talk show host Graham Norton.

Sep. 20 2023, Published 4:39 p.m. ET

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Prince Harry once met the late Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher thanks to the efforts of talk show host Graham Norton.

"I came out of the toilets and there was this man that went, 'What are you doing here?', and I went, 'Oh, I’m just going to the toilet,' and it was Harry," Graham shared during his appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

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Carrie Fisher posing with a replica of her character in 1983's 'Return of the Jedi.'

"Carrie Fisher was with me that night, and she became obsessed. She was Princess Leia, so she had to meet Prince Harry. So we hunted around, and they did meet," the host of The Graham Norton Show added. "Somewhere there is a picture of Princess Leia and Prince Harry."

Fisher became a pop culture icon thanks to her role as the fiercely independent space princess in the long-running sci-fi franchise. She would also become a fixture in the press due to her struggles with substance abuse, which defined a large part of her early life. She passed away on December 27, 2016, at the age of 60, from a heart attack that medical commentators felt was brought on by sleep apnea, heart disease, and drug abuse.

The daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher and mother of Billie Lourd was a frequent guest on Norton's program where he interviewed the actor and novelist just weeks before her tragic death. "It was that thing like, 'Oh, if we’d known, I wish we’d done a better job.' It was such a shock. And because she wasn’t someone who was in my life all the time, it’s taken a long time to figure out that she has gone," the British host shared.

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The chance encounter between Prince Harry and Carrie Fisher was a 'dream come true' for the actress who was a longtime fan of the royal.

"She was ill, and I feel bad talking about it — she was under the weather, she was sick," he continued.

"She did nearly cancel, and then she thought, 'Graham will be nice to me,' so she got herself in the car and to the studio and got through the show. And we thought, 'Get well soon...' and then we heard the news of the heart attack. But you sort of thought, that can’t be the end of Carrie Fisher — she was such a life force," Norton concluded.

The comic also shared his insights on how Harry and Meghan Markle are compared in the British press to Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales are treated better in the British press when compared to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

"I think in the press, it’s very anti-them, and it’s been kind of a gift to William and Kate because they are deified in the British press — they can do no wrong," the host quipped.

"Kate could do a hit-and-run, and it would be fine, she’s such a lovely person," he concluded.

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Prince Harry pictured at the 2023 Invictus Games.

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The Huffington Post reported on Norton's comments.

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