Prince Harry is ready for change.
During an interview with Newsweek
, the 32-year-old royal revealed his profound commitment to living an ordinary life and modernizing the British monarchy. His grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, has reigned for 65 years and is the longest-reigning monarch in British history and the oldest monarch in the world.
“The monarchy is a force for good,” he said. “We want to carry on the positive atmosphere that the queen has achieved for over 60 years, but we won’t be trying to fill her boots.”
“We are involved in modernizing the British monarchy,” he continued. “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? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”
Prince Harry also explained that the amount of charity work he, Prince William and Kate Middleton will support will be more focused. “We use our time wisely,” he said. “We don't want to turn up, shake hands but not get involved.”
Also, high on his list of priorities is maintaining his “ordinary life.”
“My mother took a huge part in showing me an ordinary life, including taking me and my brother to see homeless people. Thank goodness I’m not completely cut off from reality,” he shared. “People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live.”
“I do my own shopping,” he continued. “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.”
“Even if I was king, I would do my own shopping,” he concluded.
For more from Prince Harry, watch the clip below.