Prince Harry didn’t want to be a member of the royal family

Prince Harry reveals in a new interview that there was a time in his troubled 20s when he just wished he could live an “ordinary life”, and he didn’t want to be a member of the royal family.

“I felt I wanted out but then decided to stay in and work out a role,” the 32-year-old said, telling journalist Angela Levin repeatedly that there are times when he wishes he could be “something other than Prince Harry.”

It was an honest statement from Prince William’s younger brother, who has been opening up in interviews this year about the heartache and nervousness he felt after the sudden death of his mother, Princess Diana, and his lost years in his 20s when, as he said in an April interview, he was “very close” to a collapse before he sought counseling four years ago.

Harry was just 12 when Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris and he spoke about the distressing place he was in when he and William had to walk through the streets of London behind her coffin as millions watched around the world. “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances,” he said. “It certainly wouldn’t happen today.”

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With the help of treatment, Harry was able to come to terms with her loss as well as accept his position as a very visible member of the most famous royal family in the world.

“I didn’t want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good,” he said. “I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people and making them laugh. I sometimes still feel I am living in a goldfish bowl, but I now manage it better. I still have a naughty streak too, which I enjoy and is how I relate to those individuals who have got themselves into trouble.”

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