Prince Harry got candid during an interview with The Daily Mail and said that, at one point, he wanted to wave off his royal title and all the attributes that comes with it. He also gave a good reason why he didn’t, after all.
Seen as a party boy most of his 20s, Prince Harry had numerous ups and downs in his life of 32 years, form the tragic death of his mother, when he was still just a child – he was 12-years-old – to finding his purpose in the army, to falling down a path of substance abuse and partying, to regaining balance again.
“I spent many years kicking my heels and I didn’t want to grow up”, he tells interviewer Angela Levin about the time after he left the army. And he didn’t do so willingly, but was released. As an Apache helicopter pilot, the younger brother of Prince William, he felt like “one of the lads”. The army provided him with “the best escape I’ve ever had.”
In 2007, leaked information about his position, dug mostly because of his royal/celebrity status, caused him to leave the army, for security reasons.
Of the matter, Harry says he felt “very resentful”. He explains: “I felt as though I was really achieving something.”
As for his place in the royal family, “There was a time when… I wanted out”, he says, adding that he had come “very close” to waving off the royal title and live as a commoner. “But then I decided to stay in and work out a role for myself”, Harry continues. The motivation? His loyalty to The Queen.
That was the main reason, but surely, not the only one. “We don’t want to be just a bunch of celebrities but instead use our role for good,” he added. Both him and William have been very involved in charity work, a passion they have inherited from their mother, Lady Diana.
Harry says that the Monarchy, as it is, won’t last. “There will be changes and pressure to get them right.”