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Harry gets real about what it’s like being a prince

On Friday, while on St. Lucia, Prince Harry spoke to school children about what it’s like being a prince; the royal was very candid and straightforward about the responsibilities that will remain on his shoulders for his entire life. He didn’t sugarcoat anything with the children, his honesty about the pressures he must sometimes face being a member of the royal family.

The senior royal is undertaking a royal Caribbean Tour on behalf of The queen until December 4. He is currently on the second leg of this tour. Harry spoke to the young people in Pigeon National Park after dedicating the Castries Waterworks Reserve and surrounding rain forest to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project where he unveiled a plaque. To keep things light, Harry said he did not have a cape or crown and he also didn’t live in a castle.

One teenager, a young girl asked him what it felt like being a prince. In typical Prince Harry fashion, he appeared serious yet still lighthearted when he replied with his hands on his hips: “As a prince you’re born at birth with a natural platform to be able to try and make a difference, which a lot of people have to spend years and years getting to that point. So from that perspective I’m very lucky to have a platform to be able to try and make change in the causes that mean a lot to me but also to you guys.”

He continued, humbly saying: “Being born with a lot of privilege comes with a lot of responsibility. But I like to think I’m going to have to spend the rest of my life earning the respect for that privilege, and trying to make a difference for the rest of my life.”

Though he was born with this platform and privilege, it hasn’t always been easy for Prince Harry to adjust to being a royal. He has gone through the growing pains of youth and adulthood like any normal human being. His personal blunders and mistakes simply played out in the public eye for all to see. Despite his mistakes, Prince Harry has grown in to a man with a strong, sensible, compassionate head on his shoulders; one his late mother would be proud of.

  • Mr. Christian

    Dear Prince Harry:
    I too in several nations hold the title of a Prince as a Boyar by birth, including that of Tsar in Bulgaria. You speak of noblesse oblige and continually having to prove your self worthwhile to yourself and your subjects. Although it has pained me at times at what you consider service as compared with that of your mother’s loving charities and interests , you remind me of the Tudor Renaissance idea of nobility. I call it nobility of soul, which was that patents of nobility were to awarded to those who have dedicated their lives to the good for their nation and the world. It requires a lifetime’s dedication to benefit others. Some who perform miracles in their mission are called Saints. However, there is no man free from sin, which is best dealt with as a lesson to strive harder. As I was committed with some small correspondence with your mother, I pray that you continue in your mission here on Earth, so as to make her justly proud of you. You might think of her as your guardian angel.

  • luigi pasquali

    The trip has been a failure before it even began but to hear the British ess, it’s been a huge success.

  • vegastearoom

    Prince Harry has grown into a man an entire nation can be proud of. He has strength of character and humility of soul.

  • Carol Milner

    I do to some extent object to your comment – ‘Prince Harry has grown in to a man with a strong, sensible, compassionate head on his shoulders; one his late mother would be proud of.’
    Whereas I am sure that his late mother would have been proud of Harry, he does have a father too. His father surely had some input into Harry’s development and personality, unless Royal Central does not consider the Prince of Wales to be his father?

  • Jacqueline Nemorin Carter

    Harry if you play it cool you won´t get picked on! if you know what I mean? enjoy this life rather than being in some other normal job such as
    horse trainer? everyone is doing all their best to keep a warm place in the Royal for you, don´t underestimate your title, Or you´ll be just a candle in the wind.

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