Prince Harry quips about kissing during rare appearance on BBC show after royal exit

He may have officially stepped down as a senior member of the royal family, but Prince Harry made a surprise appearance on British television on Monday evening — and showed his fun nature with a good-humored quip about kissing.

The 35-year-old royal joined The One Show on BBC via video to help reunite two sets of veterans and their families.

The move was part of the show’s coverage of VE Day, which marks the day WWII ended in Europe in 1945.

Harry chose to highlight the Guinea Pig Club (named in honor of the experimental treatments undergone by the wartime burn victims it helped) and its modern-day equivalent, the CASEVAC Club, which also helps veterans overcome injuries.

Harry jumped on a Zoom call on May 5 with Maggie Wilson, the widow of former GPC member Sandy Saunders, and Andy Perry, the son of former GPC member Jack Perry. CASEVAC Club members and veterans David Wiseman and Dave Henson were also on the conference call.

During their conversation, Wilson recalled how Saunders, who suffered severe facial burns from crashing his Tiger Moth plane during the war, had undergone treatment by reconstructive surgeon Archibald McIndoe. She shared that the doctor had told Saunders, “‘You need new upper eyelids, new lower eyelids. You need a proper nose, I’ll give you a mouth, so you can kiss the girls!’ That’s what happened.”

“That’s unbelievable,” Harry responded. “So when you met him, can I ask, he had a proper nose and good lips for kissing?”

“Oh, definitely good lips for kissing,” Wilson replied, to which Harry enthused, “I love that.”

“It’s so important to remember the Guinea Pig Club and to look forward to everything that the CASEVAC Club is going to achieve as well,” Harry also said during the call. “Those individuals that signed up, chose to serve then had life-changing injuries — they didn’t stop there and that’s why it’s incredibly impressive. But at the same time, so incredibly uplifting.”

Over the weekend, Harry shared another video message, to mark what would have been the launch of the 2020 Invictus Games. The games, in which wounded or ill armed services personnel compete in sporting events, were canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We should have also been gathering together in the Netherlands to kickstart the Invictus Games 2020 in The Hague,” Harry said. “Life has changed dramatically for all of us since I was last in The Hague.” 

“I hope all those in the Invictus family are coping well and supporting each other through this challenging time,” he added. “I continue to hear amazing stories of families coming together in online platforms, but please look out for those that have gone quiet or that are no longer visible on the chat sites. You guys are the best of us, so I have no doubt that you’re all running around and supporting each other.”

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND – JULY 26: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club on July 26, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND – JULY 26: Nacho Figuares of Sentebale St. Regis presents the Sentebale Polo 2018 trophy as Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry Duke of Sussex kiss after the Sentebale Polo 2018 held at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club on July 26, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hold hands the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle hold handss the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 30: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are seen on day 8 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 30: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are seen at the Closing Ceremony on day 8 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at the Air Canada Centre on September 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after taking part in a International Women’s Day event during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold each other during a walkabout at Edinburgh Castle on the couple’s first official visit to Scotland on February 13, 2018.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a reception for young people at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh, during their visit to Scotland.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle outside Social Bite in Edinburgh, during their visit to Scotland.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Edinburgh Castle, during their visit to Scotland.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, attending their first official engagement together, arrive at the Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London on February 01, 2018. Ms. Markle wore a dark Alexander McQueen trouser suit and white shirt for the occasion.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attending the Endeavour Fund Awards Ceremony, Goldsmiths Hall, London. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for a visit to the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn where they attended an event to mark the second year of youth-led peace-building initiative Amazing the Space.

Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle attend the UK Team Invictus Games trials held at Bath University Sports training village in Somerset. Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle joined wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans who are trying out for a place on the UK team at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Photo credit should read Chris Radburn/EMPICS Entertainment

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration held at Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski – Pool/Getty Images)

Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and his new wife Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the Prince of Wales’s 70th Birthday Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London on May 22, 2018. – The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a Garden Party to celebrate the work of The Prince’s Charities in the year of Prince Charles’s 70th Birthday. (Photo by Ian Vogler / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read IAN VOGLER/AFP/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 09: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen’s actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 19: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend Royal Ascot Day 1 at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2018 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 19: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend Royal Ascot Day 1 at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2018 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 10: (L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to meet youngsters from across the Commonwealth as they attend the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception at Marlborough House on July 05, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

DUBLINE, IRELAND – JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Summer Party at the British Ambassador’s residence at Glencairn House during their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

DUBLIN, IRELAND – JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception at Glencairn, the residence of Robin Barnett, the British Ambassador to Ireland during day one of their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Geoff Pugh – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND – JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland’s largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson – Pool/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND – JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland’s largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson – Pool/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND – JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland’s largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 17: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Southbank Centre on July 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

OCTOBER 15, 2018: SYDNEY, NSW – (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive into Sydney International Airport in Sydney, New South Wales. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in Sydney ahead of the Invictus Games. (Photo by John Grainger/Newspix/Getty Images)

Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) after attending the wedding of Britain’s Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)

PEACEHAVEN, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 03: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex make an official visit to the Joff Youth Centre in Peacehaven, Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Peacehaven, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

PEACEHAVEN, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 03: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex make an official visit to the Joff Youth Centre in Peacehaven, Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Peacehaven, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

PEACEHAVEN, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 03: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex make an official visit to the Joff Youth Centre in Peacehaven, Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Peacehaven, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Government House in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day three of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk across the sand at South Melbourne Beach in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day two of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (Ian Vogler/Pool Photo via AP)

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day three of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (Phil Noble/Pool Photo via AP)

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a community picnic at Victoria Park in Dubbo, Australia, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day two of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (Ian Vogler/Pool via AP)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 18: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit South Melbourne Beach October 18, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 18: (NO UK SALES FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit South Melbourne Beach October 18, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

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