In an in-depth interview in Newsweek, Prince Harry opens up about his relationship to his royalty. Although he was a bit of a raconteur in his youth, he is now 32 years old and transitioning into his duties in a very ~princely~ manner. (But, keep in mind, even though he is royalty, he still does his own shopping, and says that even if he is king one day, he will do his own shopping.)
Much of the interview touched on Harry's relationship with his mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident when he was just 12 years old. Harry remembers walking in the behind his mom's coffin in the streets of London after her death. "I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances," he said. "It certainly wouldn't happen today."
On the advice of his elder brother, Harry started therapy to cope with the stress of losing his mother, and his continuing role in the public eye.
He continued: "My mother died when I was very young. 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. I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people and making them laugh," he says. "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."
Harry now lives in a two-bedroom cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, just steps from Kate and William's manse. He does his own shopping, and tries to remain as normal as possible.
"My mother took a huge part in showing me an ordinary life, including taking me and my brother to see homeless people," he said. "Thank goodness I'm not completely cut off from reality. People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live. I do my own shopping. Sometimes, when I come away from the meat counter in my local supermarket, I worry someone will snap me with their phone. But I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too."
He also spoke of continuing his mother's charitable legacy by working hard to help those in need. He said that he and his brother and sister-in-law "don't want to be just a bunch of celebrities but instead use our role for good."
He added that although he doesn't believe there's one in the Royal family who wants to be King or Queen, that they will all carry out their duties a the right time.
And no, he didn't speak about his romance with American actress Meghan Markle at all, which is both good (for their relationship), but bad for us nosy busy bodies!
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.