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Prince Harry Said No One in the Royal Family Wants to Be King or Queen 2 Years Before the Exit

Oyin Balogun
Feb 12, 2020
10:30 A.M.
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Long before Prince Harry ditched his Royal duties for an idyllic ordinary life, he opined that no one in his family wants to be King or Queen, while admitting something else at the same time.


Uneasy is the head that wears the Crown, the saying goes, and Prince Harry has lived his entire life with a deep understanding of those words. So much so that for a long time, he tried to run away from a life of duty and service to the Crown.

Eventually, the Prince realized that he could not escape the hand that life dealt him and embraced life as a Royal. What followed was a life of service to the Queen and the people of Britain.

Prince Harry smiles as he hosts the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws for the men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace, on January 16, 2020, in London, England | Source: Getty Images



Working for the Crown gave the Duke of Sussex insight into the inner workings of the monarchy, and led him to the conclusion that members of the Royal family do not want to rule. He said as much to Newsweek in 2017.

During an interview with the news outlet, Harry intimated that members of his family would rather be anything else than a monarch. He said,

"Is there anyone in the Royal family who wants to be King or Queen? I don't think so, but we will still carry out our duties when the time is right."


The Royal hinted that members of his family would love the ordinary life over one filled with duty. He noted he and his brother, Prince William, live an everyday life beyond what people expect.

Prince Harry acknowledged that while he craves normalcy, he also knows that people need to believe in the fairytale of the monarchy. For him, it was about finding the perfect balance between the two.



The Duke got introduced to ordinary life early in his life. He has his mother, the late Princess Diana, to thank for it, and he has often spoken out about how much the early exposure helped him.

The late Diana took the Prince and his brother to see a lot of homeless people as boys. It kept them in touch with reality, something both brothers appreciate and continue to imbibe as much as they can.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on January 5, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images


Harry's love of ordinary life made him join the military, where he served for ten years. He served two tours in Afghanistan, rose to a senior ranking member, and left only as a result of security reasons.

It was also the Duke of Sussex's love for an ordinary life that led him to recently quit his duties as a senior member of the Royal family. He decided with his wife, Meghan Markle.

Princess Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry attend the Heads of State VE Remembrance Service in Hyde Park on May 7, 1995 | Photo: Getty Images



Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their decision to pursue private dreams and endeavors on January 8th, 2020. They no longer represent the Queen and her interests, and they are currently living in Canada, with their son, Archie.

Leaving the monarchy meant giving up the Youth Ambassador position with the Commonwealth for the Prince. It also meant that he and Markle would no longer use the HRH title when being addressed.


While the dad-of-one misses the charities he represented, he never cared much for the titles. In the words of one of his close friends, life in Canada is beautiful and idyllic for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The couple and their son live in Vancouver Island in a home close to the woods. The family-of-three go for walks in the woods and are deeply relieved that the weight of the monarchy has been lifted off their shoulders.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Women's Empowerment reception hosted by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Royal Aeronautical Society. | Photo: Getty Images



Prince Harry might have lost his title, but he retains his position as the sixth-in-line to the throne. Archie is seventh and closely followed by Prince Andrew of York.

Before the three Royals, is Prince Louis; he is the fifth-in-line to the throne. His sister Princess Charlotte is the fourth, and Prince George precedes her as the third.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of London Farmers' Market, Prince Charles pays a visit to the Swiss Cottage Farmers' Market, on November 6, 2019 in London, England | Source: Getty Images


Prince William is the second-in-line to the throne, with his father, Prince Charles, as the first. As the first son of Queen Elizabeth, he will rule after his mother's reign ends.

For now, the Queen at 93 is very much alive and still active. Prince Harry is living his dream, supporting his family from halfway across the world, and from all indications has no interest in being King.