Prince Harry: ‘I considered quitting Royal Family – but stayed because of the Queen’
Prince Harry has revealed how he “wanted out” of the Royal Family in favour of a more “ordinary life” in an extraordinary interview.
The 32-year-old claimed that he “didn’t want to grow up” after leaving the Army and revealed his struggles to find a meaningful role for himself in the Royal Family.
After leaving the armed forces, the Royal admitted he “spent many years kicking [his] heels” but, according to the Mail on Sunday who conducted the interview, he was motivated to carry out his royal duties by his loyalty to the Queen.
Harry revealed his devastation at being withdrawn from a tour in Afghanistan’s Helmand province after just 10 weeks when his position was leaked by a magazine, leading to concerns over the Prince’s safety.
He said: “I felt very resentful. Being in the Army was the best escape I’ve ever had. I felt as though I was really achieving something.
“I have a deep understanding of all sorts of people from different backgrounds and felt I was part of a team.
“[In the Army] I wasn’t a Prince, I was just Harry.”
After struggling to come to terms with his status and considering abandoning his position in the Royal Family, the Prince claimed he eventually “decided to stay in and work out a role for myself”.
In recent years, the Prince has worked tirelessly to promote a range of charities to support injured servicemen and women and tackle mental health issues, among other worthy causes.
He said that he and his brother Prince William were “incredibly passionate with our charities and they have been chosen because they are on the path shown to me by our mother”.
Last week, Harry caused a stir when he suggested to Newsweek magazine that no one in the Royal Family wants the throne.
“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.”
Harry also spoke about walking behind his mother’s coffin as a 12-year-old and said no child “should be asked to do that under any circumstances”.
He said: “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.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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