Harry has long been known as one of the more rebellious royals, with an outgoing spirit and naughty streak which has often set him apart from the rest of the Royal Family. As he was once third-in-line to the throne, his life has been significantly less regimented when compared to his elder brother’s Prince William, who will one day be King. However, Harry still has to obey a certain amount of royal protocol and is expected to take on more royal duties as he gets older, regardless of his own career ambitions.
In Angela Levin’s 2018 biography, ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’, the author explained what the Duke of Sussex truly thought of royal life and how it has “stopped me having a career of my own”.
He said: “I absolutely adore my grandmother.
“The Queen has been fantastic in letting us choose what we would like to do.
“She tells us to take our time and really think things through.
“I admire the Queen hugely and of course had no option but to free to help her relieve her load.
Prince Harry and the Queen
The Queen inspecting Harry in 2006 Sovereign’s Parade
“It has, though, stopped me having a career of my own.”
Harry retired from the military in 2015 after what must have been undoubtedly a difficult decision – he had wanted to be part of the Army ever since he was a young boy.
Still, he released a “rigorously upbeat statement” announcing he would be stepping down.
It read: “After a decade of service moving on from the Army has been a really tough decision.
“I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do some very challenging jobs and have met many fantastic people in the process…Inevitably most good things come to an end and I am at a crossroads in my military career.
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Harry once said he had ‘no option’ but to help his grandmother with her duties
“I am considering the options for the future and I am really excited about the possibilities.
“So while I am finishing one part of my life, I am getting straight into a new chapter and I am really looking forward to it.”
Yet as a royal aide confided in Ms Levin, Harry “has yet to move far from those crossroads”.
The Duke of Sussex later told Sky TV: “[Royal work] is fantastic but both William and I feel we need to have a wage. We need to work with normal people to keep ourselves sane and also to keep us ticking along. I need to find something that will give me balance.”
However, he has not earned a salary since leaving the Army.
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Harry has often carried out royal duties with the Queen in the past
Harry in his youth with the Queen
Still, Harry has made significant strides within the charitable sector in the years since, setting up the Invictus Games to try and rehabilitate military veterans.
Most recently he announced he and Meghan Markle would be setting up their own foundation, The Sussex Royal.
It is expected that this foundation would help more with the international sector compared to Harry’s former charity, The Royal Foundation, which he set up with William in 2009 and left earlier this year.
Some speculate the Queen will step down on her 95th birthday like Prince Philip
His duties are likely to multiply in the coming years as the Queen continues to delegate her obligations to the rest of the Royal Family.
Some even believe the Queen is due to retire in 18 months time, upon her 95th birthday, as Prince Philip did, meaning Charles would rule under the Regency Act.
However, royal expert Katie Nicholl debunked this rumour in a Vanity Fair article from early December, explaining: “Palace insiders insist that rumours Charles would take over early are ‘morel like a plot line from The Crown rather than the truth’.”