Friday 9 December 2016

'If I talk to a girl that person is suddenly my wife' - Prince Harry reveals why it's tough to date

Published 08/05/2016 | 12:00

Prince Harry
Prince Harry

Prince Harry has criticised the media for making it difficult for him to talk to girls.

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Speaking to the Sunday Times ahead of the Invictus Games, he revealed he has "massive paranoia that sits inside me" when it comes to dating.

"If or when I do find a girlfriend," he said, "I will do my utmost... to ensure that me and her can get to the point where we're actually comfortable with each other before the massive invasion that is inevitably going to happen into her privacy."

He added, "The other concern is that even if I talk to a girl, that person is then suddenly my wife, and people go knocking on her door."

Harry's previous girlfriend was Cressida Bonas, pictured in 2014
Harry's previous girlfriend was Cressida Bonas, pictured in 2014
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The 31-year old prince said that work commitments are coming before love at the moment.

"I'm not putting work before the idea of a family, marriage and all that kind of stuff," he said.

"To be fair, I haven't had that many opportunities to get out there and meet people. At the moment, my focus is very much of work. But if someone slips into my life then that's absolutely fantastic."

Harry also addressed the issue of privacy on the Andrew Marr programme.

Prince Harry kisses his girlfriend Chelsy Davy during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Super Eight match between England and Australia at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds on April 8, 2007
Prince Harry kisses his girlfriend Chelsy Davy during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Super Eight match between England and Australia at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds on April 8, 2007
Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy laugh as they attend Prince Harry's Pilot Course Graduation at the Army Aviation Centre on May 7, 2010
Prince Harry (left) and ex Chelsy Davy (right)

He said everyone has the right to privacy but "Sadly that line between public and private life is almost non-existent any more."

Harry has previously dated dancer turned actress Cressida Bonas. Their relationship lasted two years before they split in May 2014, although they have remained friends.

Bonas reportedly struggled with to deal with the attention focused on her during their relationship.

Harry was also linked to Chelsy Davy , F1 presenter Natalie Pinkham and PR girl Astrid Harbord.  Earlier this year a palace source reportedly denied the prince was dating 19-year-old Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece.

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