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I wanted out of royal family: Harry

Press Association logoPress Association 25/06/2017 By Press Association Reporter

Prince Harry admits he once "wanted out" of the royal family.

His confession follows his recent comments when he cast doubt that any of the royals "wants to be king or queen".

In an interview for the Mail on Sunday, the fifth in line to the throne said the time he spent in the Army - when he was "just Harry" - was "the best escape I've ever had" and he once considered giving up his title.

"I felt I wanted out but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself," he said.

The Prince, who in recent years has dedicated much of his time to charitable causes including helping wounded veterans and mental health, said he and Prince William "don't want to be just a bunch of celebrities".

"We are incredibly passionate with our charities and they have been chosen because they are on the path shown to me by our mother," he said.

Harry caused a stir when he suggested to Newsweek magazine that no one in the royal family wants the throne.

"We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people," he said.

"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."

Harry also spoke about the pain of walking behind his mother's coffin as a grief struck 12-year-old, saying no child "should be asked to do that under any circumstances".

In 1997, he joined Prince Charles, the Duke of Edinburgh, 15-year-old William and Earl Spencer in a funeral procession through the streets of London for Princess Diana.

"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.

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

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