Prince Harry Makes Surprising Confession About Being a Royal

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At 32 years old, Prince Harry has already gone through quite a lot in his life. The loss of his mother, Princess Diana, was especially difficult for him -- he was only 12 at the time. Harry, however, has also learned a lot, and he's opening up about the duties of being royal and how he doesn't think anyone really wants to be king or queen.

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In an interview with Newsweek, Prince Harry said that the royals are "involved in modernizing the British monarchy." He added that this is not just for themselves, but "for the greater good of the people." And while he said that he doesn't think anyone of the royals wants to be king or queen, they "will carry out our duties at the right time."  

Hmm. Not even Charles? 

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When you think about it, being royal has some setbacks (along with all the positives). The royals live their lives in the public eye and there is a voracious curiosity about every little thing they do. That could be hard to handle, and Harry isn't afraid to talk about that. The "fandom" that comes with being royal may have been most difficult right after Princess Diana's death. Harry 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."

He may be right. The experiences he has had hasn't made it easy for him to be a prince. He suffered greatly after his mom died and it was his brother, Prince William, who helped him to get into counseling to help him. What he went through allows him to be even more happy to help others through the charity work he does. And while he said that he still feels like he lives in a "fish bowl," he deals with it much better now. 

All of this makes sense as to why perhaps Harry and Will aren't hoping to rush into being king. Plus, their mother had such a beautiful impact on their lives, showing them the other side of things, and making both of them want to live ordinary lives. 

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Still, Harry knows his status can help others and he reiterated that he will use his "force for good." He also added that his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, has certainly done so much good for so many and called the monarchy's work "magic," adding, "We don't want to dilute the magic. The British public and the whole world need institutions like it."

The world needs more men like Harry. Who, by the way, does his own grocery shopping and said he would continue to do so even if he's king. Now that's magic.

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