Prince Harry has revealed that no one in the Royal Family wants to rule

And we’re all surprised.

Prince Harry
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And we’re all surprised.

Prince Harry and Prince William have been carrying out royal duties from a young age, but they have both been dubbed slightly reluctant royals over the years, something that Prince Harry opened up about in a recent interview.

‘My mother died when I was very young,’ explained Prince Harry while talking to Newsweek. ‘I didn’t want to be in the position I was in, but eventually I pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good.’

Prince William has also spoken out about being called a reluctant royal, telling BBC News ‘I don’t lie awake waiting to be King, because sadly that means that my family will have moved on and I don’t want that.’

Royal Family photo - December 2016

All the royal gang - from left, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince of Wales, The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince William and Duchess Kate - were pictured together at the annual Diplomatic dinner in December 2016. Held at Buckingham Palace, the annual event is a biggy in the royal calendar and whilst Duchess Kate wore a divine red Jenny Packham gown for the occasion, she teamed the dress with Princess Diana's favourite tiara - which first made in 1914, was gifted to the late Princess on her wedding day.

Explaining further in his interview with Newsweek, Prince Harry went on to reveal that no one in the Royal Family is actually desperate to take the crown, referring to the job of ruler as more of a duty than a desired career.

‘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’, explained the 32-year-old prince, fifth in line to the throne behind his father Prince Charles, his brother Prince William and his nephew and niece, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

‘The monarchy is a force for good and 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. We are involved in modernising the British monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people.’

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