No royal wants to be king or queen, Britain's Prince Harry says


LONDON, June 22 (Reuters) - Prince Harry said no one in Britain's royal family wants to be king or queen and criticized a decision to force him to parade behind his mother Princess Diana's coffin after her death in 1997, according to an interview with a U.S. magazine.

"We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people ... Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen?" Harry, 32, who is fifth in line to the throne, told the Newsweek magazine

"I don't think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time."

Queen Elizabeth, 91, has been on the throne since 1952 and is currently the world's oldest and longest reigning monarch. Harry said they wanted to carry on her work but her family would not be "trying to fill her boots."

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Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry applaud Prince William after his speech during a training event to promote the charity Heads Together, at the Queen Elizabeth II Park in London, Britain, February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Alastair Grant/Pool
Britain's Prince William, Kate Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry (L) stand ready to give an award during a visit to The Mix in London, December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Alastair Grant/Pool
HAYES, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the official opening of The Global Academy in support of Heads Together on April 20, 2017 in Hayes, England. The Global Academy is a state school founded and operated by Global, The Media & Entertainment Group, educating students for careers in broadcasting and the digital media industry. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Kate Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, and Prince Harry (R) greet guests attending the Patron's Lunch, an event to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, in London, June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the Service of Hope at Westminster Abbey on April 5,2017 in London, United Kingdom. The multi-faith Service of Hope was held for the four people killed when Khalid Masood committed an act of terror in Westminster on Wednesday March 22. Survivors, bereaved families and members of the emergency services joined The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd and London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, in the congregation. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge join a Team Heads Together London Marathon Training Day at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on February 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry leaving the Institute of Contemporary Art in London where they outlined the next phase of their mental health Heads Together campaign.
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit the Visitors Centre during the Somme centenary commemorations at the Thiepval memorial in France on July 01, 2016
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the Patron's Lunch in The Mall, central London in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday, in an open topped Range Rover.
Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave St Paul's Cathedral in London following a national service of thanksgiving to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a skirt by Banana Republic and a blouse by GOAT Fashion, arrive to attend the launch of the Heads Together campaign at Olympic Park in London on May 16, 2016
The Duke of Cambridge (left), The Duchess of Cambridge (centre) and Prince Harry (right) attend the World Premiere of Spectre, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arriving for the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, London, on Commonwealth Day.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit The Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' by artist Paul Cummins, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of First World War.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry watch riders at the finish line of Stage 1 of the Tour de France in Harrogate.
Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge watch a fly-past by the RAF on the balcony at Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour parade, London.
Prince Harry, the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge with their wands on the set used to depict Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter Films during their visit to Warner Bros studios in Leavesden, Herts where the popular movies were produced.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch with Prince Harry during the Team Eventing Jumping Final on day four of the London Olympic Games at Greenwich Park, London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry chat with children during a visit to Bacon's College in Greenwich, London, where they attended the launch of a new sports project that aims to train the next generation of sports coaches.
Prince William (left), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry stand on the balcony at Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in central London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talks to Prince Harry before a reception in the Waterloo Chamber, before her Sovereign Monarchs Jubilee lunch at Windsor Castle.
Prince William and his bride Kate leave Westminster Abbey, London, after their wedding, followed by Prince Harry (rear, left) and Pippa Middleton (rear, right).
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"The monarchy is a force for good," he said. "We don't want to dilute the magic ... The British public and the whole world need institutions like it."

Harry, along with his elder brother William and William's wife Kate, has become a prominent mental health campaigner, citing his own anguish and emotional struggles following the death of his mother in a Paris car crash 20 years ago and disclosing how he sought counseling to help him cope.

In the interview, Harry said how the decision to make him walk behind her coffin as the funeral cortege slowly made its way through the packed streets of London in front of huge crowds of mourners when he was just 12 had had a lasting impact.

"My mother had just 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," he said.

"I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don't think it would happen today."

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SPENCERS WOOD, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 19: Prince Harry takes part in filming a segment where a photo of him is printed on some of the targets children had to throw balls at for an episode of the Sky Sports 'Game Changers' television show dedicated to the Invictus Games at Lambs Lane Primary School on April 19, 2016 in Spencers Wood, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry attends a Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade at the Cenotaph to commemorate ANZAC Day on April 25, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Prince Harry arrives at BBC Radio 2 to appear on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on April 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Prince Harry attends the Virgin London Marathon 2016 on April 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading a new campaign called Heads Together in partnership with inspiring charities, which aims to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing. The campaign has the huge privilege of being the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year. At Kensington Palace on April 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Getty Images for Royal Foundation)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 12: Britain's Prince Harry signs a hymn during a service of commemoration for victims of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Tunisia at Westminster Abbey on April 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Tallis - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 6: Prince Harry is seen outside Buckingham Palace on April 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - Pool/Getty Images)
POKHARA, NEPAL - MARCH 23: Prince Harry visits Kanti Children's Hospital where he meet young people being treated with burns on March 23, 2016 in Pokhara, Nepal. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
LEORANI, NEPAL - MARCH 21: Prince Harry arrives at the village of Leorani in the Himalayan foothills on day three of his visit to Nepal on March 21, 2016 in Bardia, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
BHIR KUNA, NEPAL - MARCH 21: Prince Harry exchanges a namaste with 86-year-old Mrs Pakuli Gurung at Bhir Kuna as he visits the earthquake struck village during day three of his visit to Nepal on March 21, 2016 in Bhir Kuna, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Ben Birchall - Pool/Getty Images)
BARDIA, NEPAL - MARCH 21: Prince Harry chats to rangers as he learns about 'tiger traps' the WWf and local rangers in Bardia National Park (Western Nepal) on day three of his visit to Nepal on March 21, 2016 in Bardia, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Ben Birchall - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 14: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry talks with choir boys as he attends the Commonwealth Observance Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 14, 2016 in London, England. The service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom and will celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. Kofi Annan and Ellie Goulding will take part in the service. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
BATH, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 29: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry attends the UK team trials for the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at the University of Bath on January 29, 2016 in Bath, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG - DECEMBER 03: Prince Harry visits the archives at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory on December 3, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Prince Harry is visiting South Africa as part of a Royal Tour that has included the Opening of a new Charity Centre for children in Lesotho (Sentebale's Mamohato Children's Centre) and includes stops in Durban, Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Johannesburg. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 03: Prince Harry walks with Graca Machel, widow of Nelson Mandela, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory during an official visit to Africa on December 3, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage)
Britain's Prince Harry examines 1995 Rugby World Cup jersey gifted from South African rugby player Francois Pienaard to Nelson Mandela at the Center for Memory at the Nelson Mandela foundation on December 3, 2015 in Johannesburg. AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIEN / AFP / MUJAHID SAFODIEN (Photo credit should read MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 03: Prince Harry gives a speech at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory on December 3, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Prince Harry is visiting South Africa as part of a Royal Tour that has included the Opening of a new Charity Centre for children in Lesotho (Sentebale's Mamohato Children's Centre) and includes stops in Durban, Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Johannesburg. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Prince Harry looks at the carcass of a rhino which was killed by poachers in Kruger National Park, on the fifth day of an official visit to Africa on December 2, 2015 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Paul Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend a BAFTA Childrens Charity screening of Shaun The Sheep on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: (L to R) Prince Harry, Barbara Broccoli and Sam Mendes attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Spectre' at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry and Jake Warren attend day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 16, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
CIRENCESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Prince Harry (right) and George Spencer Churchill, La Martina Brand Ambassador at the Maserati Jerudong Park Trophy at Cirencester Park Polo Club. on May 24, 2015 in Cirencester, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for La Martina/Maserati)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16: Prince Harry plays five a side football game in The Cloud on Auckland's waterfront during a 2015 FIFA U-20 event on May 16, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. Prince Harry is in New Zealand from May 9 through to May 16 attending events in Wellington, Invercargill, Stewart Island, Christchurch, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 20: Prince Harry and Nacho Gigueras smile during the prize-giving of the Sentebale Polo Cup presented by Royal Salute World Polo at Ghantoot Polo Club on November 20, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for Royal Salute)
BURY ST EDMUNDS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Prince Harry presents No26 Squadron with a new Standard at RAF Honington on November 13, 2014 in Bury St Edmunds, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 28: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry gives a Thumbs Up as he watches the swimming at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre during the 20th Commonwealth Games on July 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 28: Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the gymnastics during the Commonwealth Games on July 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TIDWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry plays (for the Army team) in the Army v Navy Rundle Cup Polo Match at Tidwoth Polo Club on July 12, 2014 in Tidworth, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ALNWICK, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 22: Prince Harry attends the wedding of Melissa Percy and Thomas Staubenzee at Alnwick Castle on June 22, 2013 in Alnwick, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Prince Harry (L) and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge look on during a presentation following a charity polo match at Beaufort Polo Club on June 16, 2013 in Tetbury, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Prince Harry poses for photographs with Team GB swimmers on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on September 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry gives the thumps up on the trading floor as he attends BGC Partners' Charity Day in London, on September 12, 2011. Britain's Prince Harry, co-founder and Patron of Sentebale, today attended BGC Partnersâ Charity Day, which is held each year to commemorate the companyâs 658 employees who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Prince Harry helped raise money for Sentebale and other charities by supporting BGC Partners in deals on the trading floor. AFP PHOTO / PAUL GROVER / POOL (Photo credit should read PAUL GROVER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Prince Harry attends a reception for Prince Harry's charity Sentebale at Greenwich Country Club on June 26, 2010 in New York, New York. Prince Harry is on a three day trip to New York culmulating on Sunday where he will play in a polo match supporting his charity Sentebale. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry throws out the first pitch at the Minnesota Twins vs New York Mets game at Citi Field on June 26, 2010 in the Queens Borough of New York City.
Prince Harry throws out the first pitch at the Minnesota Twins vs New York Mets game at Citi Field on June 26, 2010 in the Queens Borough of New York City.
SEMONGKONG - JUNE 17: Prince William and Prince Harry play football with children during a visit to the Semongkong Children's Centre on June 17, 2010 in Semongkong, Lesotho. The Princes are on a joint trip to Southern Africa to visit projects supported by their respective charities Tusk Trust (Prince William) and Sentebale (Prince Harry). (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
SEMONGKONG - JUNE 17: Prince Harry plays football with children during a visit to the Semongkong Children's Centre on June 17, 2010 in Semongkong, Lesotho. The Princes are on a joint trip to Southern Africa to visit projects supported by their respective charities Tusk Trust (Prince William) and Sentebale (Prince Harry). (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 04: Prince Harry attends day 1 of the Wirelees Music Festival at Hyde Park on July 4, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) HRH Prince Harry plays in the Westbury Shield charity polo match at Coworth Polo Club on July 5, 2009 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince William And Prince Harry Attend A Photocall During Their Training At Raf Shawbury, Nr Shrewsbury. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
SURREY, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: (NO PUBLICATION IN UK MEDIA FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry meets injured service personnel during a visit to Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre on April 21, 2008 in Surrey, England. (Photo by POOL/ Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
Prince Harry steps off a plane at RAF Brize Norton as he returns from Afghanistan on March 1, 2008 in Brize Norton, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
DORSET, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Prince William and Prince Harry attend the funeral of Major Bruce Shand at the Holy Trinity Church in Stourpaine on June 16, 2006 in Dorset, England. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Nacho Gonzalez, James Harper and Prince Harry applaud during the presentation of The Golden Jubilee Trophy on Cartier International Day at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park on July 24, 2005 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Getty Images)
CIRENCESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Prince Harry plays polo at the Final Queen Mother Trophy & Corinium Bowl Doug Brown Cup Matches at Cirencester Park Polo Club on July 17, 2005 in Cirencester, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Prince Harry looks thoughtful as he arrives to participate in the Queen Mother Trophy and Corinium Bowl Doug Brown Cup Matches at Cirencester Park Polo Club on July 17, 2005 in Cirencester, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
Prince William Plays In A Match At The Cirencester Park Polo Club, Accompanied By Prince Harry. (Photo by Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images)
GLOUCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Prince Harry at the Cirencester Polo Club, Gloucestershire on July 18, 2004. (Photo by Carl De Souza/Getty Images)
HIGHGROVE, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 26: Prince Harry At Highgrove, Gloucestershire (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Prince William (L) and Prince Harry leave St. George's Chapel in Windsor after the wedding of Sophie Rhys-Jones and Prince Edward, Saturday 19 June 1999. Buckingham Palace announced before the wedding that the the couple will in future be known as the Earl and Countess of Wessex. (Photo credit should read IAN WALDIE/AFP/Getty Images)
the son of Prince Charles, Prince Harry walks in the paddocks of the Silverstone racetrack at the end of the 50th British Formula One Grand Prix,11 July1999. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
ETON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 2; Prince Harry arrives at Eton College, to settle in before his first day, on September 2, 1998 in, Eton, United Kingdom..( Photo by UK Press via Getty Images )
Diana Princess Of Wales, Prince William & Prince Harry Visit The 'Thorpe Park' Amusement Park. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Diana Princess Of Wales, Prince William & Prince Harry Visit The 'Thorpe Park' Amusement Park. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: The Princess Of Wales With Her Son, Prince Henry, At The Wedding Of Helen Windsor To Tim Taylor. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON- JUNE : (FILE PHOTO) Prince Harry waves as he travels in an open carriage to watch the Trooping the colour Ceremony in June, 1992 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Prince Harry Sledging, In Lech, Austria, With His Brother Prince William, On An Annual Ski Holiday With Their Mother, The Princess Of Wales. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
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The prince, who is dating U.S. actress Meghan Markle, last year criticized the media for intruding into her private life and he told Newsweek that he tried to live an "ordinary life" despite the huge global attention he attracts.

He said even if he were king, he would do his own shopping.

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

"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."

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