‘No one wants to be king or queen’

Prince Harry talks of mod­ernising monar­chy

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PRINCE Harry, 32, says no one in the royal fam­ily wants to be king or queen.

In an ex­tra­or­di­nary in­ter­view, he in­sists, how­ever, that Bri­tain and other coun­tries still need “the magic” of the monar­chy.

The prince also ap­pears to crit­i­cise his fam­ily’s de­ci­sion to make him walk behind his mother’s cof­fin as a 12-year-old.

On the monar­chy, he asks: “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 has never kept se­cret his lack of de­sire for the “top job” and now ap­pears to be sug­gest­ing that no one else in his fam­ily, in­clud­ing his brother Wil­liam, wants it ei­ther.

But he adds: “The monar­chy is a force for good and we want to carry on the pos­i­tive at­mos­phere that the queen has achieved for over 60 years, but we won’t be try­ing to fill her boots. We are in­volved in mod­ernising the Bri­tish monar­chy ... for the greater good of the peo­ple.”

The com­ments come in an in­ter­view with the US mag­a­zine, Newsweek.

In 1997, Harry joined his fa­ther Charles, grand­fa­ther Philip, 15-yearold brother and un­cle, Earl Spencer, in a pro­ces­sion through Lon­don for the fu­neral of his mother Diana.

Harry, who is fifth in line to the throne, says: “My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her cof­fin, sur­rounded by thou­sands of peo­ple watch­ing me.

“I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, un­der any cir­cum­stances.”

Both Harry and Wil­liam have been on the re­ceiv­ing end of crit­i­cism about their ded­i­ca­tion to their royal roles, car­ry­ing out only a frac­tion of the en­gage­ments even their el­derly grand­par­ents man­age.

Wil­liam has been ac­cused of being work­shy and fi­nally made the de­ci­sion to leave his home in Nor­folk to move back to Lon­don and fo­cus on helping the Queen, 91.

The Newsweek ar­ti­cle says the prince stresses that he aches to be some­thing other than “Prince Harry” but that he also is in a rush to make some­thing of his life and make a dif­fer­ence.

He makes clear that, in part­ner­ship with Wil­liam and his wife Kate, the young roy­als are also keen to mod­ernise the monar­chy, although there is, in­trigu­ingly, no men­tion of their fa­ther, Charles.

Asked whether he wor­ries that an “or­di­nary” royal fam­ily would take away “The Firm’s” mys­tery, Harry replies: “It’s a tricky bal­anc­ing act. We don’t want to di­lute the magic.”

The prince, who has re­cently spo­ken more about his late mother as the 20th an­niver­sary of death ap­proaches in Au­gust, makes clear that she is still a huge in­spi­ra­tion in his life.

Harry, who is dat­ing American ac­tress Meghan Markle, said if he was lucky enough to have chil­dren, he was de­ter­mined they should have a rel­a­tively nor­mal life, ad­ding: “Even if I was king, I would do my own shop­ping.” – The Daily Mail


Prince Harry with schoolchil­dren from the Holy Trin­ity Pri­mary school in Co­dring­ton, Bar­buda, last year.

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