No One In The Royal Family Wants To Be King Or Queen, Says Prince Harry

In a candid interview with a US magazine, Harry said the family isn't looking to 'fill [the Queen's] boots'

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Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for over 65 years, but, according to Prince Harry, no other members of the royal family are keen to follow in her footsteps.

In an interview with Newsweek, Prince Harry said the monarchy was a 'force for good,' but suggested that he and his older brother Prince William are trying to overhaul its image.

As one of the younger members, it's natural he'd want to change things up a bit, saying, '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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'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.'

He then dropped this bombshell: '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.'

Yikes. No monarchy, whatever would we do?

The interview might raise a few eyebrows; Harry is essentially suggesting the Queen's heirs will take on the 'top job' not because they want to, but because they have to.

Prince Harry also addressed his mother's death in the interview, something he's spoken about publicly in recent months.

In 1997, Harry joined his father, the Prince of Wales, grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, 15-year-old brother, the Duke of Cambridge, and uncle, Earl Spencer, to walk in the funeral procession for his mother, Princess Diana, through the streets of London. He was 12 at the time.

It was one of the most poignant images of that time, but one which has stuck with Harry:

'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.'

He added, 'I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don't think it would happen today.

Prince Harry, who is dating American actress Meghan Markle, also praised his mother for showing him how to live a fairly normal life.

'People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live,' he said.

He added that if he were to have children, they too would live an 'ordinary life' - or as ordinary you can get as a royal member. Which, apparently, means getting your own dinner.

'Even if I was king, I would do my own shopping. But it's a tricky balancing act. We don't want to dilute the magic … The British public and the whole world need institutions like it.'

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