I wanted out of Royal Family, admits Prince Harry

The prince also claimed that people still need monarchy and they need the royal family.

Prince Harry, who is the fifth in line to the British throne, has given a controversial statement that no one in the royal family really wants to take over the job of a monarch.

Prince Harry, fifth in line to the United Kingdom throne has opened up and has stated that he had once contemplated giving up his royal role, and has seriously considered living as a commoner.

Harry and other members of the family, including his 15-year-old brother Prince William and his father Prince Charles, walked behind the hearse in full public view.

In a candid conversation with Newsweek's Angela Levin, Harry looks back on the death of his mother, Princess Diana, who was killed in a vehicle crash in 1997.

Asked whether he anxious that an "ordinary" royal would make the family "too accessible", Harry said: "It's a tricky balancing act".

"I sometimes still feel like I am living in goldfish bowl, but I now manage it better".

Newsweek reported that Harry said several times that he aches to be something other than Prince Harry and that he is in a rush to make something of his life and make a difference. "I don't think so", he said, "but we will carry out our duties at the right time".

Harry also spoke about his attempt of trying to live an "ordinary life", a priority his mother instilled in him.

"We want to make sure the monarchy lasts and are passionate about what it stands for". He said that even if he were king, he'd prefer to do his own shopping.

One of the main reasons he has chose to continue in his roles as UK Royal is his loyalty to his grandmother HM The Queen, and having just flown out on a safari holiday for ten days, just before he went he said that no one wants to have the role of King or Queen when that day arrives! It was his brother who advised him to seek help.

The prince, who lives in a two-bedroom cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London - where his brother and sister-in-law, Duchess Kate, and their two children, George and Charlotte, have a 22-room apartment - said that doing everyday things that most people take for granted is important.

He also revealed he did his own shopping, adding: "I worry someone will snap me with their phone. We don't want to turn up, shake hands but not get involved".

Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine=, told Julia: "I think that Harry's words are being slightly misinterpreted".

The Prince said he disliked aspects of life in the public eye but was now determined to lead a relatively normal existence.

  • Salvatore Jensen