Thursday 24 August 2017

I wanted to get out of the royal family, says Harry

Prince Harry admitted he once 'wanted out' of the Royal Family. Photo: PA
Prince Harry admitted he once 'wanted out' of the Royal Family. Photo: PA

Amy Williams

Prince Harry has admitted he once "wanted out" of the British 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 yesterday, the prince said the time he spent in the British army - when he was "just Harry" - was "the best escape I've ever had" and he once considered giving up his title.

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

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 Prince William "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.

The prince 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."

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

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

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."

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