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What's it like to be a prince, Harry asked

Press AssociationPress Association 25/11/2016 Tony Jones

Prince Harry has spoken openly about the privileges and the "huge responsibility" of being a senior member of the royal family after being quizzed by a group of St Lucian youngsters.

In the question and answer session with the young people in the Caribbean country, many of them wanted to know the prince's thoughts on environmental issues but one youngster raised a more personal query - "what does it feel like to be a prince?".

Harry told the teenagers he will spend his entire life earning the respect of society for the privilege his position and status as a grandson of the monarch affords him.

But, as ever with Harry, there was a lighter tone when he met the group in the grounds of Pigeon Island National Park and he told them: "Firstly I don't have a crown or a cape, sorry about that", and he went on to say that he did not live in a castle.

The prince spoke to the young people after he had officially unveiled a plaque designating the Castries Water Works Reserve and surrounding rainforest as St Lucia's contribution to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy Project.

With his hands on his hips Harry told the teenage girl who had asked what it felt like to be a prince, and a large group of her schoolmates: "As a prince you're born at birth with a natural platform to be able to try and make a difference, which a lot of people have to spend years and years getting to that point.

"So from that perspective I'm very lucky to have a platform to be able to try and make change in the causes that mean a lot to me but also to you guys."

Harry went on to say: "Being born with a lot of privilege comes with a lot of responsibility. But I like to think I'm going to have to spend the rest of my life earning the respect for that privilege, and trying to make a difference for the rest of my life."

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