Since stepping down as senior royals in 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have relocated to Los Angeles, where they are neighbours with Orlando and his wife, pop singer Katy Perry.
Speaking on the podcast Armchair Expert, Harry explained that he and Orlando have bonded about the paparazzi, with the Lord Of The Rings actor offering him a heads-up about photographers in their area.
“Just two days ago, Orlando Bloom sent me a message, because he’s just down the road and we sort of keep in contact because of the paparazzi,” Harry explained.
“He sent me a photograph which his security got of this long-haired guy with a beanie on, with his ear pods in, with his massive camera lying in the back of his 4×4 truck.
“A woman driving who did the peace sign was sitting there as a distraction, and he is laid down in the back of this truck taking photographs of them out with their kid and whoever else is in that area.”
Despite the paparazzi presence, Harry also told the podcast that he still feels like he has more privacy in his new life than he did while still carrying out royal duties.
He insisted: “Here, I can actually lift my head and I feel different. My shoulders have dropped, so [have Meghan’s].
“You walk around feeling a little bit more free. I get to take Archie on the back of my bicycle. I never had the chance to do that.”
During the same interview, Harry lifted the lid on his life as a member of the Royal Family, admitting it was something he wanted to leave behind as far back as his 20s.
“I think that the biggest issue for me was that, being born into it, you inherit the risk. You inherit the risk that comes with it ― you inherit every element of it without choice,” Harry said.
“Because of the way that the UK media are, they feel an ownership over you. Literally, like, full on ownership. And then they give the impression to some of their ― or most of their readers ― that that is the case. But I think it’s a really dangerous place to be, if you don’t have a choice.”
Listen to his full interview on the Armchair Expert podcast.