Prince Harry: No One in Royal Family Wants to be King or Queen

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Prince Harry found himself the subject of headlines all over the world today as news broke of an interview in which he claimed that no one in the royal family wants to be king or queen.

Prince Harry found himself the subject of headlines all over the world today as news broke of an interview in which he claimed that no one in the royal family wants to be king or queen.

The 32-year-old prince was being interviewed by Newsweek when he spoke about the lack of interest in reigning over the United Kingdom.

“We are involved in modernizing the British monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people.

“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.”

His father Prince Charles is next in line to the throne when Queen Elizabeth II dies, and his brother Prince William and nephew Prince George are set to rule as successive kings.

Harry works tirelessly on behalf of various charities, and spoke of the usefulness of his position in this regard. “I feel there is just a smallish window when people are interested in me,” he said of the period before Prince George and Princess Charlotte take over, and that he’s “got to make the most of it.”

He also said that, “People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live,” and credited their mother Princess Diana with raising them to lead their lives in this way.

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“Even if I was king, I would do my own shopping. But it’s a tricky balancing act. We don’t want to dilute the magic… The British public and the whole world need institutions like it.”

Speaking of his desire to do good in the world, he said, “My mother died when I was very young. I didn’t want to be in the positions I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good. I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people and making them laugh.”

Although he still sometimes feel that he is living in “a goldfish bowl” he still enjoys indulging his “naughty streak.”

Harry recently revealed that he sought counseling in his 20s to help deal with the trauma of losing his mother when he was 12, and spoke more about the effect of her loss in his Newsweek interview.

He and William walked behind Princess Diana’s coffin during her funeral procession through London in the summer of 1997, but Harry stresses that this was a less than ideal situation for a grieving child.

“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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