Members of the Royal Family (L-R) Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Britain’s Prince Harry, Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (with Princess Charlotte and Prince George), and Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a fly-past of aircraft by the Royal Air Force, in London on June 17, 2017. PHOTO: Chris J Ratcliffe / AFP
Britain’s Prince Harry once “wanted out” of the Royal Family, but instead decided to “stay in and work out a role” for himself, according to an interview with the Mail on Sunday.
The prince, 32, caused a stir earlier this week when he said that he didn’t think any member of the royal family wanted to become monarch, and revealed doubts about his own role in the family in his latest interview.
The fifth-in-line to the throne told the newspaper that being in the Army was “the best escape I’ve ever had”, and that his experience of being “just Harry” led him to consider quitting his royal role.
“I felt I wanted out but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself,” he said.
The popular royal has since become a champion of wounded soldiers, a calling that came to him during two front-line tours to Afghanistan with the army.
Earlier this week, Harry spoke out about the heartbreaking images of him following his mother’s coffin during her 1997 funeral, telling Newsweek that no “child should be asked to do that.”
He also revealed that no-one in line to the throne was looking forward to taking over from Queen Elizabeth II.
“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.”