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Prince Harry Is Appearing In A 'Thomas & Friends' Episode

Prince Harry Is Appearing In A 'Thomas & Friends' Episode

Prince Harry has recorded a special message to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Thomas & Friends.

The Duke of Sussex will introduce a celebratory episode of the animated kids show, titled Thomas & Friends: The Royal Engine.

The special also features the Queen as well as the Prince of Wales as a child. In the ep, Thomas travels to London for the very first time in a mission to take Sir Topham Hatt to Buckingham Palace.

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The 22-minute episode will feature a special introduction from Harry, who can be heard saying: "This year, Thomas & Friends is celebrating 75 years of friendship and team work.

"In a special story, Thomas embarks on a journey to London for a very important occasion."

The special episode even features the Queen and Prince Charles as a child (Credit: Mattel/Thomas & Friends)
The special episode even features the Queen and Prince Charles as a child (Credit: Mattel/Thomas & Friends)

Harry recorded the special introduction in January and can be seen sitting comfortably next to a fireplace, holding a copy of the anniversary book.

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The episode will air in the US on Netflix this Friday, 1st May before arriving in the UK on the Saturday where it will air on Channel 5 Milkshake!.

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"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," Harry said.

Harry has always been a fan of 'Thomas & Friends'
Harry has always been a fan of 'Thomas & Friends'

"I certainly have fond memories of growing up with Thomas & Friends and being transported to new places through his adventures."

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In a number of throwback images, the little prince can be seen holding a very cute Thomas the Tank Engine bag. So adorable.

The episode will also see a new character, the Duchess of Loughborough, with actress Rosamund Pike providing the voiceover.

Harry can be seen carrying a very cute Thomas bag, in 1987 (Credit: PA)
Harry can be seen carrying a very cute Thomas bag, in 1987 (Credit: PA)

She said it was an "absolute honour" explaining: "I take it as a big responsibility to play the Duchess who is a lovely, warm, bubbly sort of effervescent engine that I am incredibly drawn to because she is very anxious to get things right."

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Bring on the weekend! We can't wait to tune in for Thomas' special birthday.

Featured Image Credit: Mattel

Topics: Life News, Royal, Parenting, Prince Harry, Royals

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