Prince Harry says young royals don't want to take the throne

Britain's Prince Harry.
Britain's Prince Harry. AP Photo/Rui Vieira

NONE of the younger members of the Royal Family particularly wants to be king or queen, Prince Harry has revealed.

In an extraordinary interview, the 32-year-old admitted to Newsweek that the heavy burden which comes with the throne isn't something anyone aspired to.

However the prince said Britain and much of the world still need "the magic" of the monarchy, and so it was a responsibility that would be continued.

"Is there any one of the Royal Family who wants to be king or queen? I don't think so," Prince Harry said.

"But we will carry out our duties at the right time."

"Is there any one of the Royal Family who wants to be king or queen? I don't think so," Prince Harry said.

The fourth-in-line to be sovereign has made no secret of his lack of desire for the top job but seems to have hinted that his brother Prince William might be just as reluctant.

Historically, his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II was also said to be displeased that the line of succession jumped to her father, King George VI, and then her following his death.

Prior to the abdication of her uncle King Edward VIII, throwing to his brother George, then Princess Elizabeth was never meant to be monarch.

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II

"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,"  he said.

"We are involved in modernising the British monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people.

"The Queen has been fantastic in letting us choose. She tells us to take our time."

"We want to carry on the positive atmosphere that the Queen has achieved for over 60 years," Prince Harry said in the candid interview.

In the interview with the American magazine, Prince Harry also shared his feelings about having to walk behind his mother's coffin at 12 years old, saying it shouldn't have happened.

Princess Diana's funeral was held at Westminster Abbey, drawing more than three million mourners in London and an estimated 2.5 billion across the world.

Harry joined his father Charles, the Prince of Wales, his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, 15-year-old brother, Prince William, and uncle, Earl Spencer, in a funeral procession through the streets.

"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," he said.

"I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don't think it would happen today."

He praised his mother for showing him how best to live an ordinary life while being a member of the royal family.

"People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live," he said.

"Even if I was king, I would do my own shopping."

Prince Harry joked that he had a "smallish window" where the public is interested in him before it turns its focus on Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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