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Prince Harry: 'I would love to have kids and have someone next to me'

By Tom White

Published 11/05/2015 | 07:25

Prince Harry has revealed that seeing his brother's family continue to grow makes him wish he had children of his own.

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As he continued his tour of New Zealand, he also said he would love to have someone alongside him to share the pressures he faced.

Britain's PrInce Harry (R), known as Captain Wales, laughs with members of the North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) during a visit to Kununurra, Western Australia, in this picture dated April 9, 2015 and handed out by the Australian Department of Defence
Britain's PrInce Harry (R), known as Captain Wales, laughs with members of the North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) during a visit to Kununurra, Western Australia, in this picture dated April 9, 2015 and handed out by the Australian Department of Defence
Australian Defence Force undated handout photo of Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales in the British Army, shakes hands with Russel Smith during a visit to the Wuggubun community, with members of the Australian Army's North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) in the Kununurra region of Western Australia
Prince Harry is welcomed by a 100 year old Tuatara lizard called Henry as he arrives in Invercargill during the second day of his tour to New Zealand. Photo: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

The week-long trip is seeing him visit every corner of the country, following his month-long attachment with the Australian Defence Force.

Speaking to Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills, he said: "There come times when you think now is the time to settle down, or now is not, whatever way it is but I don't think you can force these things, it will happen when it's going to happen.

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"Of course I would love to have kids right now but there's a process that one has to go through and tours like this are great fun, hopefully I'm doing all right by myself, it would be great to have someone else next to me to share the pressure, but you know, time will come and whatever happens, happens."

The trip meant he missed the chance to meet his niece, the Duke of Cambridge's new daughter Princess Charlotte, and he said he was looking forward to returning home to hold her.

"I didn't see any coverage at all. He (William) sent me two photos, one before everybody else which was nice, and then another one with her back with George back home, so I'm so looking forward to seeing her, to meeting her and to holding her," he said.

"She was a little bit late, hence I missed her, so she'll have to work on that, but apart from that it's fantastic news for both of them so I'm thrilled."

The second and third day of the New Zealand trip saw Harry stay on Stewart Island, a remote community with just 380 residents.

He spent the evening at its only pub and enjoyed a feisty pub quiz with the residents, with his team, The Ginger Ninjas, finishing second.

"The intention always was to try and get to every single corner of New Zealand and meet as many different tribes, backgrounds and people as New Zealand has to offer," he said.

Australian Defence Force undated handout photo of Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales in the British Army, shakes hands with Russel Smith during a visit to the Wuggubun community, with members of the Australian Army's North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) in the Kununurra region of Western Australia
Australian Defence Force undated handout photo of Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales in the British Army, shakes hands with Russel Smith during a visit to the Wuggubun community, with members of the Australian Army's North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) in the Kununurra region of Western Australia

"To come here where according to a lot of the Stewart Island population they are slightly left out of everything, I can see why because they are slightly out of the way, but it was just a really nice opportunity to come down here and see people that live the really simple life and away from all the chaos of cities and stuff like that.

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"I don't know how we managed to do quite so well in the pub quiz but it was certainly a fantastic atmosphere inside there and the landlady was British so it was just like being at home."

Harry also opened up about how both he and his brother wanted to have roles that commanded a wage to help keep them sane and make them feel like they are making a contribution.

"This part of the role (royal duties) is fantastic but I and William, both of us feel as though we need to have a wage as well to work within normal people, to keep us sane, to keep us ticking along and also surely in the future from our point of view, if we want to make a big contribution, or a valid contribution and be taken seriously, then we need to work alongside other people," he said.

Earlier Harry was put on the spot when schoolchildren grilled him on issues from the intricacies of the British monarchy to whether or not he lives in a castle.

The youngsters at Halfmoon Bay School on Stewart Island turned the spotlight on to the Prince during an assembly performance they gave him.

Britain's PrInce Harry (R), known as Captain Wales, laughs with members of the North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) during a visit to Kununurra, Western Australia, in this picture dated April 9, 2015 and handed out by the Australian Department of Defence
Britain's PrInce Harry (R), known as Captain Wales, laughs with members of the North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) during a visit to Kununurra, Western Australia, in this picture dated April 9, 2015 and handed out by the Australian Department of Defence

One girl asked him what he was going to get Princess Charlotte and he replied he had been given lots of teddies and toys during his time in the country. He then asked her if she thought it would be OK for him to take those things and claim he had got them for her himself.

Next up were questions about why his granddad was not called king despite being married to the Queen and whether or not he lived in a castle.

He said: "That's a very good question, because he's there to support her and rather than bearing the responsibility 50-50, he would prefer to support her and be there for the rest of her life.

"Sadly I don't live in a castle and I don't even own a crown either, but you do," he told the children, some of whom sported paper crowns. "The Queen has a castle, which is pretty cool."

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One of the boys asked Harry what he had enjoyed most about Stewart Island and he said: "No traffic, peace and quiet, beautiful sunrises, a school that's small that means you get more attention from the teachers so you'll turn out to be geniuses.

Kate Middleton and Prince William present Princess Charlotte to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's hospital in London
Kate Middleton and Prince William present Princess Charlotte to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's hospital in London

"If I was in your position I'd think I'd love to be on Stewart Island because your teacher knows exactly who you are and listens to you."

One shy questioner was unable to find his voice when his turn came, so Harry offered to read it for him and jumped up to take his piece of paper.

But when he saw that it asked: "Do you have to go to war?" he said: "No wonder you didn't want to ask it."

He then replied: "If you are in the armed forces then yes you do, you serve your country and if you have to go to war that's where you have to go."

The performance from the children also saw them give readings for him and play the song Ring Of Fire.

In a different classroom, he admitted he could not speak any German and revealed his headmaster at Eton told him "not to bother" trying to learn Spanish.

During a Skype lesson with German teacher Stephanie Michel from her home near Auckland, almost 800 miles away, Harry told her: "I'm very sorry that I don't speak any German."

Ms Michel asked him: "How should I address you, as Your Royal Highness?" The Prince replied: "Just Harry, Harry is fine. Harry with a German accent."

As pupils from other remote parts of New Zealand greeted him in German with mixed results, Harry giggled before adding: "I don't know why I'm laughing, it's better than what I can do."

He told the online class: "I learned French at school but I've forgotten almost all of it. I'm sorry.

"I really wanted to learn Spanish, but my headmaster told me not to bother. I wish I could speak German."

He advised the youngsters: "Repetition the whole time and writing stuff down. The only way I could remember stuff was by visualising it and memorising that."

As he left the school all the children lined up and he made his way down the line shaking their hands.

The next stop in his trip will see him fly to Christchurch.

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