Beside his occasional wild partying antics, Prince Harry is normally not so open with sentiments and feelings. But the fifth in line to the throne has opened up his heart in his most emotional interview ever. Harry, 31, brought a television audience to tears as he revealed how he thinks the death of his mother shaped his life and why he’d like to eventually have children.
Tears from Heaven
Prince Harry believes his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, is watching him and longing for more grandchildren. The British royal was just 12 years-old when Diana died in a car accident in Paris, France in 1997, but believes she’s been watching him and brother Prince William grow up. Harry hopes his mum is proud, but thinks she probably wants him to become a father like his sibling, who has two children – two-year-old George and 10-month-old Charlotte – with his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. “I hope she’s looking down with tears in her eyes, being incredibly proud of what we’ve established, I suppose,” he told Good Morning America. “I’m sure she’s longing for me to have kids so she can be a grandmother again, but I hope that, once again, everything we do privately and officially, that it makes her proud.”
The Prince explained that for the moment he’s revelling in his role as an uncle, saying: “I hope that I’m the fun uncle.” Harry also admitted how deeply affected he was by Diana’s death, but now uses the traumatic experience to help those faced with similarly difficult life situations. “I think losing your mother at such a young age, does end up shaping your life, massively,” he said. “And now I find myself trying to be there and give advice to other people who are in similar positions.”
Harry Was Broken
A clearly sensitive Harry also revealed that he was left “broken” after having to cut short a military tour due to security fears. The British royal, known as Captain Wales, qualified as an Apache Aircraft Commander and served in the Armed Forces for 10 years before stepping down from his position last year. “All I wanted to do was to prove to other people that I had a certain set of skills. Flying an Apache helicopter for instance, rather than just being ‘Prince Harry’,” he said. During his military stint, his first deployment in 2007 came to a very abrupt end in 2008 after his involvement was exposed in the foreign media. “I’d done everything I could to get out there, [and] literally being plucked out of my team, there was an element of me thinking, ‘I’m an officer and I’m leaving my soldiers and it’s not my own decision’. I was broken.”