Thursday 14 December 2017

Prince Harry: No one in the royal family wants to be king or queen

Prince Harry attends the annual Commonwealth Day service and reception during Commonwealth Day celebrations on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Prince Harry attends the annual Commonwealth Day service and reception during Commonwealth Day celebrations on March 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
(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
Diana, Princess Of Wales, Holding A Young Prince Harry In Her Arms As She Watches Trooping The Colour With Prince William
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince Harry cheer and hand out water to runners during the 2017 London Marathon in London on April 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonCHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry pictured at a charity polo match
Princes William (left) and Harry bow their heads as their mother’s coffin is taken out of Westminster Abbey after her funeral service in September 1997. Prince Harry has revealed he sought counselling to deal with his grief. Picture: PA

Hannah Furness

No-one in the Royal family really wants to be king or queen, Prince Harry has suggested, as he vows they will carry out their duty for the "greater good of the people".

Prince Harry, 32, said his family are "not doing this for ourselves", as he speaks of trying to maintain an ordinary life alongside his extraordinary duties.

Saying he is now involved in modernising the British monarchy, he added the young Royals are determined to continue the “positive atmosphere” his grandmother the Queen has inspired for more than 60 years.

In an interview with Newsweek, an American magazine, he said: "We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people…

(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

"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."

Describing how he tries hard to maintain normality by doing his own supermarket shopping, he admitted making the Royal family accessible is a "tricky balancing act", saying: "We don’t want to dilute the magic. The British public and the whole world need institutions like it."

The Prince also spoke of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and her 1997 funeral at which he walked behind her coffin at the age of 12.

Diana, Princess Of Wales, Holding A Young Prince Harry In Her Arms As She Watches Trooping The Colour With Prince William
Diana, Princess Of Wales, Holding A Young Prince Harry In Her Arms As She Watches Trooping The Colour With Prince William

"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," he said.

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

Prince Harry has previously spoken frankly about his struggle to come to terms with his mother’s death, telling the Telegraph he had buried his grief for 20 years.

In an interview at Kensington Palace, he said: "I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people and making them laugh.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince Harry cheer and hand out water to runners during the 2017 London Marathon in London on April 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonCHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince Harry cheer and hand out water to runners during the 2017 London Marathon in London on April 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonCHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images

"I sometimes still feel I am living in a goldfish bowl, but I now manage it better.

"I still have a naughty streak too, which I enjoy and is how I relate to those individuals who have got themselves into trouble."

He added he "knows instinctively" which charities his mother would have liked him to work for, joking: "Sometimes, I can have too much passion.

"It has got me into trouble in the past, partly because I cannot stand the idea of people mincing around the subject rather than just getting on with it."

Prince Harry pictured at a charity polo match
Prince Harry pictured at a charity polo match

Prince Harry, along with other senior Royals, has gradually taken on more official duties, aiding the Queen and fighting for his own charitable causes.

Saying he feels in a hurry to "make something of my life", he said of his choice to focus on key causes: "The Queen has been fantastic in letting us choose. She tells us to take our time and really think things through.

"We use our time wisely. We don't want to turn up, shake hands but not get involved."

Telegraph.co.uk

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