Harry is no prince of wails

There aren't many people who can honestly say they are immune from that basic human instinct, jealousy - I am certainly not one of them.

Wednesday, 28th June 2017, 10:49 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:49 am

But there is one group who are quite welcome to their lot as far as I am concerned: that blue blooded lot from the House of Windsor.

I am neither a rabid republican nor swivel-eyed royalist but the one thing I can tell you is that wouldn’t take that gig for all the Best in the brewery.

Which is why I completely understand where Prince Harry was coming from when he suggested in an interview that nobody in his family really wants to be king or queen. Cue outrage from the usual suspects who accused him of being ungrateful, arguing that millions would swap places with him in a heartbeat.

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We live in a nation where the public approval rating of the current Monarch is very high and I would go as far as guessing that there cannot be any leaders or heads of state anywhere who are as popular as our own Queen.

But what happens to the Monarchy once she is no longer on the throne is something which will long be mulled over by constitutional experts and pesky journalists alike.

The belief of some is that the Queen is the person holding it all together. Even though Harry, his brother William, the future King, and his wife Kate are currently very popular, how will they cope under the pressure when there is nobody else to share it with.

I am sure it is with this in mind that Harry said what he did to the journalist who interviewed him. Yes, he does lead a life of almost unrivalled privilege but the pay-off is beyond the comprehension of us nine to fivers.

In the interview which has caused such controversy, Harry speaks of his anger of having to publicly grieve for his mother, Princess Diana, at the age of just 12 and he has recently revealed he belatedly sought professional help in a bid to heal those wounds.

One thing I cherish is quiet, private time with my family - something I doubt that Harry has ever really experienced. It is one posh life that I am glad I don’t have.