Wednesday 16 August 2017

'I wanted out' - Harry on his plans to quit the British Royal family to be 'a bad boy'

Prince Harry
Prince Harry
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BRITAIN'S Prince Harry has admitted he once "wanted out" of the Royal Family.

The fifth in line to the throne said he had wanted to "work out a role for myself" and decided to carry on to do good.

His confession follows recent comments when he said he doubted any of the royals "wants to be king or queen".

In an interview for the Mail on Sunday, Harry said the time he spent in the Army - when he was "just Harry" - was "the best escape I've ever had" and he once considered giving up his title.

Several years of partying, drinking and heavy smoking followed – which he has previously described as ‘total chaos’ – and Harry admitted coming ‘very close’ to a breakdown several times.

"I felt I wanted out but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself," he said.

(left to right) Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Beatrice, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry, The Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte, Prince George and The Duke of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the Trooping the Colour ceremony
(left to right) Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Beatrice, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry, The Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte, Prince George and The Duke of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the Trooping the Colour ceremony

His decision to stay on was primarily motivated by his loyalty to the Queen.

The Prince, who in recent years has dedicated much of his time to charitable causes including helping wounded veterans and mental health, said he and his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, "don't want to be just a bunch of celebrities".

"We are incredibly passionate with our charities and they have been chosen because they are on the path shown to me by our mother," he said.

Harry caused a stir when he suggested to Newsweek magazine that no one in the Royal Family wants the throne.

"We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people," he said.

"Is there any one of the Royal Family who wants to be king or queen? I don't think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time."

Harry also spoke about walking behind his mother's coffin as a 12-year-old and said no child "should be asked to do that under any circumstances".

In 1997, the youngster joined his father, the Prince of Wales, his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, 15-year-old brother William and uncle Earl Spencer in a funeral procession through the streets of London for Diana, Princess of Wales.

He said: "My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television.

"I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don't think it would happen today."

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