Prince Harry: I 'Wanted Out'

Royal considered renouncing his title, says his time in the army was the 'best escape'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 25, 2017 10:31 AM CDT
Prince Harry attends the annual Beating Retreat, which features over 750 soldiers, on Horse Guards Parade, London, Thursday, June 15, 2017.   (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
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(Newser) – Prince Harry says he once "wanted out" of the British royal family. In an interview published in the Mail on Sunday, the prince said the time he spent in the army was "the best escape I've ever had" as "I wasn't a prince, I was just Harry." He also says that he once considered giving up his title. "I felt I wanted out, but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself." The candid comments followed an interview published in Newsweek in which he said he doubted anyone in the royal family wanted to be king or queen. Harry is fifth in line to the throne, notes the AP.

Harry said his family "will carry out our duties at the right time" and that the royals are "not doing this for ourselves, but for the greater good of the people." Harry also described the funeral of his mother, Princess Diana: "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." (Read more Prince Harry stories.)

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