In an incredibly candid interview with journalist Angela Levin, Prince Harry admits at one point he “wanted out” of the Royal Family, but stayed for the Queen.
The 32-year-old Prince talked about his troubled 20s living as a Royal.
‘I spent many years kicking my heels and I didn’t want to grow up,’ he said.
Harry described how he came “very close” to breaking down from the “total chaos” of years of partying, drinking, and heavy smoking.
After overcoming that period of difficulty, the Prince wondered whether remaining in the Royal Family was the most constructive way to live his life.
“I felt I wanted out but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself,” Harry admitted.
His motivation to stay, he made clear, was out of loyalty to the Queen.
This admission comes only days after Harry said in an interview that he believes “‘no one in the Royal Family wants to be King or Queen.”
“Is there any one of the Royal Family who wants to be King or Queen? I don’t think so,” Harry says, adding, “but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”
When asked about his relationship with Meghan Markle, the Prince refused to answer.
But when pressed on whether Markle advised him on any of his mental health difficulties, for which he sought professional help at 28, Harry was blunt: “Absolutely she did not.”
Harry also talked about the difficult position he was put in as a child after his mother died.
“William and I were 14 and 12 when our mother died and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television,” the Prince said. “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. It certainly wouldn’t happen today.”