From the outside, being a royal doesn’t seem so bad. You wave, you smile, you go to charity events, you rub elbows with celebs and you have enough money to do whatever you want whenever you want. But if you’ve seen The Crown or basically any other television show or movie about the British monarchy, you know that being royal is far from a walk in the park.
So it’s really no surprise that Prince Harry is completely and totally happy just being a prince, even if times are slowly but surely changing for the royal family. Sorry, Prince William, but you’re not allowed to pull an Edward and abdicate the throne. Prince Harry ain’t interested.
Luckily, Prince William, the former Kate Middleton and Prince Harry seem to be taking a tag-team approach to handling the throne for the new generation. “We are involved in modernizing the British monarchy,” Prince Harry stated. “We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people. Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen?” he continued to tell Newsweek during his interview with the news outlet. “I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”
He added, “My mother took a huge part in showing me an ordinary life, including taking me and my brother to see homeless people. Thank goodness I’m not completely cut off from reality. People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live. I do my own shopping. Sometimes, when I come away from the meat counter in my local supermarket, I worry someone will snap me with their phone. But I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too. Even if I was king, I would do my own shopping.”
Prince Harry also said that he recognizes he has a “smallish window when people are interested in [him]” and that he intends to use it to “make something of [his] life.”
Get it, Prince Harry.