Prince Harry records message for Thomas the Tank Engine

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry recorded a special message to celebrate the 75th anniversary of children’s favourite Thomas the Tank Engine.

The Duke of Sussex introduces a new programme called Thomas and Friends: The Royal Engine, which has a storyline that includes Harry’s father and grandmother, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II, as animated characters.

Set when the Prince of Wales was a boy, the story sees the friendly engine taking Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of the railway, to Buckingham Palace to receive an honour.

In his introduction — which was recorded in January before his move overseas — Prince Harry is seen sitting in an armchair, reading from a book about the train’s adventures.

In a statement he said he has “fond memories of growing up with Thomas and Friends and being transported to new places through his adventures”.

Thomas “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,” he added.

Prince Harry poses during the recording of ‘Thomas & Friends: The Royal Engine’. PHOTO: AP