Prince Harry Said No One in the Royal Family Wants to Be King or Queen 2 Years Before the Exit
Long before Prince Harry ditched his Royal duties for an idyllic ordinary life, he opined that no one in his family wants to be King or Queen, while admitting something else at the same time.
Uneasy is the head that wears the Crown, the saying goes, and Prince Harry has lived his entire life with a deep understanding of those words. So much so that for a long time, he tried to run away from a life of duty and service to the Crown.
Eventually, the Prince realized that he could not escape the hand that life dealt him and embraced life as a Royal. What followed was a life of service to the Queen and the people of Britain.
NO ONE WANTS TO BE KING OR QUEEN
Working for the Crown gave the Duke of Sussex insight into the inner workings of the monarchy, and led him to the conclusion that members of the Royal family do not want to rule. He said as much to Newsweek in 2017.
During an interview with the news outlet, Harry intimated that members of his family would rather be anything else than a monarch. He said,
"Is there anyone in the Royal family who wants to be King or Queen? I don't think so, but we will still carry out our duties when the time is right."
The Royal hinted that members of his family would love the ordinary life over one filled with duty. He noted he and his brother, Prince William, live an everyday life beyond what people expect.
Prince Harry acknowledged that while he craves normalcy, he also knows that people need to believe in the fairytale of the monarchy. For him, it was about finding the perfect balance between the two.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
HE OWES IT ALL TO HIS MOTHER
The Duke got introduced to ordinary life early in his life. He has his mother, the late Princess Diana, to thank for it, and he has often spoken out about how much the early exposure helped him.
The late Diana took the Prince and his brother to see a lot of homeless people as boys. It kept them in touch with reality, something both brothers appreciate and continue to imbibe as much as they can.
Harry's love of ordinary life made him join the military, where he served for ten years. He served two tours in Afghanistan, rose to a senior ranking member, and left only as a result of security reasons.
It was also the Duke of Sussex's love for an ordinary life that led him to recently quit his duties as a senior member of the Royal family. He decided with his wife, Meghan Markle.
A BEAUTIFUL AND IDYLLIC LIFE
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their decision to pursue private dreams and endeavors on January 8th, 2020. They no longer represent the Queen and her interests, and they are currently living in Canada, with their son, Archie.
Leaving the monarchy meant giving up the Youth Ambassador position with the Commonwealth for the Prince. It also meant that he and Markle would no longer use the HRH title when being addressed.
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“Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and thanking you for your continued support! We’ve loved meeting so many of you from around the world and can’t wait to meet many more of you next year. We hope 2020 brings each of you health and continued happiness.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Special thanks to Chris Martin and @Coldplay for allowing us to use one of their songs Photo and video © SussexRoyal Thanks to PA for additional images and footage
While the dad-of-one misses the charities he represented, he never cared much for the titles. In the words of one of his close friends, life in Canada is beautiful and idyllic for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The couple and their son live in Vancouver Island in a home close to the woods. The family-of-three go for walks in the woods and are deeply relieved that the weight of the monarchy has been lifted off their shoulders.
THE LINE OF SUCCESSION
Prince Harry might have lost his title, but he retains his position as the sixth-in-line to the throne. Archie is seventh and closely followed by Prince Andrew of York.
Before the three Royals, is Prince Louis; he is the fifth-in-line to the throne. His sister Princess Charlotte is the fourth, and Prince George precedes her as the third.
Prince William is the second-in-line to the throne, with his father, Prince Charles, as the first. As the first son of Queen Elizabeth, he will rule after his mother's reign ends.
For now, the Queen at 93 is very much alive and still active. Prince Harry is living his dream, supporting his family from halfway across the world, and from all indications has no interest in being King.