'You can't help it': Stephen Fry explains why the royals mystify us

Acclaimed author, comedian and TV show host Stephen Fry offered his two cents as to why we are so royally obsessed while speaking to The Project.

The comic brainiac knows the royals, two of which are currently in New Zealand, and admits he too is rather taken by their charm.

"I've known Harry on and off since he was very small," he explained.

"I really admire the way him and his brother have tackled certain things - things like, something that matters a great deal to me, the issue of mental health."

Fry went on to explain the figurative halo the royals have which tends to mystify us.

"There is no point in pretending it doesn't exist," he said.

"You can disapprove of it, shout it down, you can say it's nonsense, preposterous, superstitious, that it has no place in the modern world - all of it, I dare say, is true.

"But if you are a real human with real blood running through you, you can't help but stopping and staring when they are in front of you."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are currently in Auckland and will be in New Zealand until Thursday.

Fry was the host of the quiz show QI for 13 years, has written over 10 novels, and is an outspoken advocate for mental health.