Prince Harry has revealed that none of the royal family really give that much of a fuck about the monarchy.
In a new magazine interview, the 32-year-old admitted he has wished to be something other than what he is more than once his life.
A strip-poker playing carouser in Las Vegas? An army vet? The world’s most famous ginger? Nope. Being a member of the most-documented and focused family on the planet.
He told Newsweek:
We are involved in modernising 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.
I feel there is just a smallish window when people are interested in me before [William’s children Prince George and Princess Charlotte] take over, and I’ve got to make the most of it.
Prince Harry also recalled the moment he had to walk behind his mother’s coffin as a 12-year-old, saying no child ‘should be asked to do that under any circumstances’.
After the untimely death of Princess Diana in 1997, Harry, his brother William, father Charles and uncle Earl Spencer joined the funeral procession through the streets of London in an image that has now become iconic.
My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behindher 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.
While he believes the monarchy is a ‘force for good’ and that he should carry on the positive atmosphere that his grandma has achieved, he and the rest of the immediate family won’t be ‘trying to fill her boots’.