Prince Harry explains how Orlando Bloom assists him in dealing with paparazzi

Prince Harry and Orlando Bloom

For paparazzi help, Prince Harry has discovered a reliable neighbor.

The Duke of Sussex, who retired as a senior member of the royal family alongside his wife Meghan Markle last year, spoke with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman on their podcast Armchair Expert about the hurdles he's experienced since moving to Montecito, Calif. from London. One concern is the sly paparazzi, who will go to great lengths to photograph Prince Harry and his family, which includes 2-year-old son Archie Harrison. Meghan is expecting the couple's second child right now.

“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,” Prince 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 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.”

Orlando, who is engaged to Katy Perry, has a family to consider. He and his soon-to-be bride welcomed their first child last year, and he also has a 10-year-old son, Flynn, with his ex-wife Miranda Kerr.

Despite the current crisis with the paparazzi, Prince Harry claims that things are better for the family in California.

"Here, I can actually lift my head and I feel different. My shoulders have dropped, so has hers," he said. "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."

The paparazzi have previously harassed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The pair filed a lawsuit against Splash News and Picture Agency in January 2020 after photos of the Duchess of Sussex with their son were shot at a Canada park. In March, the lawsuit was settled.

"This settlement is a clear signal that unlawful, invasive, and intrusive paparazzi behavior will not be tolerated, and that the couple takes these matters seriously—just as any family would," a spokeswoman for Schillings, the couple's legal representation, said of the complaint.

While Prince Harry and Meghan can surely deal with the media on their own, it's great to have a friend on their side.