PRINCE HARRY used to be reminded “the whole time” that he isn’t a “normal” citizen but a prominent member of the Royal Family.
Prince Harry has struggled with the fame being born in the Royal Family has brought upon him for several years. But his father Prince Charles has relentlessly worked towards reminding him who he is and what he represents, the Duke of Sussex himself confessed.
In a resurfaced interview to ITV, the then third-in-line to the throne said: “I am not normal.
“Much as I’d like to be normal, I am not normal and my father reminds me of that the whole time.”
In the interview, Prince Harry states he and his brother Prince William are facing even harsher difficulties than their predecessors, because of the amount of media attention and public scrutiny focused on them.
Prince Charles has forced Prince Harry to come to terms with his royal struggles (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry accepted in his late 20s he is ‘not normal’ but a member of the Royal Family (Image: GETTY)
He continued: “William and I can’t be normal, but we grew up in the year 2000.
“We are part of the Royal Family, but we’ve grown up surrounded by all our friends, it’s completely different to what other generations have been like.
“I’ve tried, we’ve both tried to be as normal as we can.
“I think the British media and all sorts of other media try to focus on the fact that I am a playboy, I am a party prince, all that sort of stuff, which I am not.
Prince Harry believes he has faced harsher difficulties as a royal growing up in the 2000s (Image: GETTY)
“I’m a teenager who goes out and has fun and no matter what time I come out of a club, they are going to write that it was four o’ clock in the morning, there’s nothing I can do about that.”
According to Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, the Duke’s words “read like a manifesto for his future life”.
Prince Harry tried to pursue a “normal” life during his 20s, and hoped that a military career could help diminish the public scrutiny and media attention on him.
Within months since his graduation at Sandhurst, Prince Harry worked harder than ever to be sent to Iraq and fight on the front line in the ongoing war alongside American troops.
Prince Harry was in the military between 2005 and 2015 (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry served in Afghanistan (Image: GETTY)
But, despite having initially received the go-ahead from the Ministry of Defence, he was later told his involvement would likely put even more in danger his fellow soldiers.
This, according to Mr Larcombe, shattered Harry’s dreams and marked one of his “lowest points” in life, where he realised he could never be as normal as he wanted.
Mr Larcombe said: “This was a hammer blow for Harry. As a prince, there were few careers open to him.
“A life in the Army was all he had dreamed as a young boy.
Prince Harry’s family tree (Image: EXPRESS)
“One of the appeals of being a soldier was that it satisfied his yearning to be ‘normal’.
“He had been told he could go and fight, but at the eleventh hour this had been ripped away from him for the very reason that he was anything but ‘normal’.
“He wanted to prove himself and the reality was he was very good at his job.
“His men respected him as an officer, not as a royal.”
Prince Harry’s attempts of having a “normal” career ceased in 2015, when he eventually left the Army.
Speaking at the time, Harry revealed he was at “a crossroads”, knowing he could no longer juggle between royal duties and his military career.
He said: “I’m in the same position now as most people in my year group or my rank would be in, and most of the guys I joined with have left for numerous reasons.
“It is the case that if we move on then more responsibilities come, and I suppose with wanting to take on slightly more of this royal role I don’t really feel as though I would be in the right position to take on the careers of more soldiers and to take on the responsibility to fly, for instance.
“So it is a balance, and I’ve been trying to get the balance right over the past six months to a year before I finished and it was getting hard.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK