Sunday, 25 June 2017

"I almost turned my back on the royal family to live as a common man" - Prince Harry

Prince Harry considered quitting Royal Family to live life as a commoner
Prince Harry has revealed that he once wanted to leave the Royal Family behind and live an ‘ordinary life’, but his loyalty to the Queen stopped him.
The 32-year-old opened up in a uniquely candid interview with journalist Angela Levin, and described how struggling to cope with public life in his twenties left him wanting to renounce his royal role.

‘I spent many years kicking my heels, and I didn’t want to grow up,’ he admitted.
He described the years of partying, drinking and smoking heavily that followed as ‘total chaos’, and said he had come ‘very close’ to a breakdown on several occasions.
But even when things started to improve, he questioned whether he wanted to be a royal at all, living life in what he called a ‘goldfish bowl’. Instead, he considered living as a commoner.
‘I felt I wanted out, but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself,’ he continued, adding that his main motivation for staying was his loyalty to his grandmother, the Queen.
‘We don’t want to be just a bunch of celebrities, but instead use our role for good.’
Harry was just 12 years old when his mum, Princess Diana, died in a horrific car crash that shocked the nation. He and his brother William, the Duke of Cambridge, have since opened up about their struggles with mental health issues.

The Prince told Levin that he felt most at home during his years in the Army – and was devastated in 2007 when his position in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province was leaked by a magazine, and he had to be hastily withdrawn for security reasons.

‘I felt very resentful,’ he said. ‘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.’
He added that when he was in the Army, ‘I wasn’t a prince, I was just Harry’.
However, Harry did later carve out a role for himself post-Army, promoting the cause of injured servicemen and women, as well as his work in mental health.
He and William are ‘incredibly passionate with our charities, and they have been chosen because they are on the path shown to me by our mother’.
The Prince also said he was thinking seriously about the future of the Royal Family in the 21st century.
‘We want to make sure the Monarchy lasts and are passionate about what it stands for,’ he said. ‘But it can’t go on as it has done under the Queen. There will be changes and pressure to get them right.’

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