Prince Harry covers People Mag: ‘I know I’ve got a lot of my mother in me’

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While I always enjoy it when other media outlets join the #HonksForHarry revolution, I don’t think People Magazine did Harry’s hot/dirty ginger-snap sexiness justice with this cover. It’s too much of a close-up! Of course, maybe Harry didn’t want to look like a roguish ginger snap. After all, he’s talking to People about his mother and the Invictus Games. It’s serious! Do not think about dirty ginger snaps while reading this. Some highlights from what appears to be a far-ranging and substantive interview:

His mother’s influence: “All I want to do is make my mother incredibly proud. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. When she died, there was a gaping hole, not just for us but also for a huge amount of people across the world. If I can try and fill a very small part of that, then job done. I will have to, in a good way, spend the rest of my life trying to fill that void as much as possible. And so will William.”

But he’s not his mother: “I enjoy what I do. But I don’t do things because I feel as though my mother would want me to do them. I know I’ve got a lot of my mother in me. I am doing a lot of things that she would probably do.”

Creating the Invictus Games: “You turn up and you think you’re invincible in a super-duper aircraft, but you’re helpless. Then I come back and I say, ‘How can I use my name and that spotlight to the best effect?’ ” Creating the Games, he notes, was “almost like a cure for that pain I had back then.”

American kids never believe he’s a prince: “Every time I get to meet kids and they have been told a real-life prince is coming, the disappointment on their faces when they see me without a crown or a cape…I’m worried because the American kids, especially next to Disney World, are going to be thinking, ‘You ain’t no prince, you ain’t dressed like a prince, you’re having a laugh!’ So I am going to pack a crown and a cape this time and some funny pointy-toed shoes. I’m going to sign the crown out!”

Doing the second Invictus Games in America: “It’s like trying to drop a second album. The second one is always harder! This is what America feels like for a lot of us who planned London. This is the big one.”

[From People Magazine]

Sweet ginger prince. I find it interesting that he acknowledges that “I know I’ve got a lot of my mother in me.” It’s true. Journalists talk about it all the time. Harry-fans talk about it all the time. People who knew Diana talk about it all the time. He’s the one – not William – who is most like his mother. And I will never stop being fascinated with how differently the brothers access their memories of Diana. Harry speaks about Diana when he’s working, when he’s helping people, when he’s reaching out in empathy. William uses memories of his mother as a cautionary tale, and as cudgel against the press and critics.

People also asked Harry if he wants to be settled down with kids and he said yes, he does want that but there’s “no rush.” Sigh…

Also: Harry met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this week as Harry did advance work for the Invictus Games. Trudeau really looks like a fairy-tale prince to me.

Photos courtesy of WENN, cover courtesy of People.

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  1. Locke Lamora says:

    He is not attractive in the slightest, and I usually love ginger men. I find it kinda sad taht he gets all this praise for doing the bare minimum just because his brother is even more useless.

    • perplexed says:

      I think this cover makes sense since it seems to have been done for the promotion of the Invictus stuff. The cover at least in this instance doesn’t seem random.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Uh, by all accounts he’s not just doing the bare minimum. Did I miss something? He left the army in early summer I think and then he did what, about 100 official engagements in 2015? Not counting all the supposedly private ones.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        “100 official engagements in 2015″ – that’s what, 3 hours of work per week? I think everything they do is the bare minimum.

      • Katydid04 says:

        I thought the count was so “low” for Harry because things like Invictus Games didn’t count as “official” events. I have to believe he’s putting in a ton of work for these games, whether he gets credit for them or not.

      • ClaireB says:

        Invictus is a “private” charity for Harry, as is Sentebale. And so is his volunteering three times a week(?) with veterans in London. So none of that goes on the official tally of engagements. Because then he really would make his brother look bad. He’s keeping quite busy doing good works, but it can’t get counted.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        @Locke: Did you intentionally ignore the rest of my comment? That is 100 official ones in 6 months if you compare him to the royals who don’t have any other job. And MANY more if he were allowed to count the private ones. He is not sitting around twiddling his thumbs.

    • abby says:

      The bare minimum? Only if you believe the haters and the CC. Harry has HUGE projects going like the Invictus Games or Sentebale. He works a lot behind the scenes, everyone who is working with him says so without being asked by a reporter about it. They say it in speeches or comments. He is also volunteering with wounded veterands multiple days per week.

    • Jaded says:

      Harry actually works. Every day. He goes to an office and works, at a real job, putting the Invictus Games together. He’s done 2 active duty tours on the front lines in Afghanistan. As well as his real job he does public duty events, travels to Africa and other countries to work with Sentebale and the other charities he represents. He walked to the South Pole. WALKED with Walking for the Wounded. To the South Pole.

      At least Harry puts his money where his mouth is, not just bloviating about how much he hates the media and how intrusive public life is. He just gets on with it and for that he gets my honk.

      • lower-case deb says:

        a lot of his work for Sentebale, Invictus and Walk With the Wounded are not counted into the court circular. they are considered personal interests on personal time.

        even if they do, they put the whole thing (which could last months) as one engagement: e.g his trek in Antartica is 24 days long; not including prep to be trek ready; his trek to the North Pole is 7 days, not including prep; each is counted as 1 engagement or none at all). his liaising meetings with team captains from other countries (USA, Canada, Anzac etc) were never counted, btw. are still not counted, even now with Invictus.

        in 2013, for instance, he only has 23 engagements -officially-. but everyone knows he put in more work than that.

        this is just taking one example: WotW. Sentebale and others are the same. they are Harry’s personal projects. his public appearances (with media proof) are rarely counted in CC, so no hope his behind the scenes work are counted.

        his prep work pre-Nepal are counted as 1, even though he visited multiple charities multiple days. compare with DoC

      • bluhare says:

        And I’m going to honk for you using bloviate!!!

      • Megan says:

        I don’t get what counts as official work and what does not. Does anyone know how that is determined?

    • Sixer says:

      I know what you mean, Locke. The bar is set so low, he could clear it with a tiny hop.

      I would say this: charisma goes a long way and he might not be bangable to you (he isn’t to me either) but he does have a public ease about him and that disposes people’s attitudes very successfully. When you have a binary choice between utterly useless and nothing special, it’s easy to see nothing special as actually quite special. Also, he has had the sense to pick a cause that energises people on both sides of the Pond: the treatment of veterans. It’s a shrewd move but, because he is also a veteran, it’s clearly genuinely held on his part. This also warms hearts. You can’t fake it, as the Cambridges and their mental health missteps so clearly show.

      As a republican, Harry is a slightly less unacceptable face of royalty to me than Bill. That’s it.

    • Solanacaea (Nighty) says:

      I wonder how much work people think events like these (Sentebale and Invictus Games) take to prepare, even with a team of people helping out. I’m a highschool teacher and to prepare a school trip of 3 days for the kids, it demands a few months of work (getting the funds, meetings with parents, getting a hotel, transportation, restaurants, contacting local authorities, scheduling in advance the visits to monuments, universities, insurance in case something happens, etc.. ) and that’s just a 3-day school field trip. I can’t begin to imagine coordinating all these major events.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Do you think he actually does any of this stuff?

      • Solanacaea (Nighty) says:

        Of course he does it with help of a lot of staff, but I believe he doesn’t just show up when everything is finished. He probably meets with the staff to prepare things, exchange ideas and possibilities..

      • LAK says:

        LockeLomore:all the people he works with say he is in the trenches with them. Not just drive by, definitely not just the photo ops. From army to Sentebale to that design garden thingy to wwtw to help for heroes and now invictus. The only time he was said not to be super involved was the early years of Sentebale and the design garden thingy because both times he was super involved in army training (he graduated top percentile of apache pilots in the army…not a grading you are given because you are a trustfund baby) or in afghanistan.

        If in doubt, you could have followed the last invictus games where he arrived hours before the games started every day and could be seen working operations all over the park during the day and attending daily meetings and usually left long after each day’s events. It cames as a huge surprise to many people because there was an assumption that he was only doing photo ops like celebrities do and nothing else.

        However, we saw some of his prep work for Nepal and the results on the tour which again wasn’t a drive by photo op by any means.

        On top of all that he volunteers in London with wounded soldiers recovery programme ran by the MOD. 2-3 days a week we are told. Twitter pics of him doing just that keep popping up, plus the royal reporters keep bitching about the fact that he keeps doing no-media events.

        His official numbers are w-a-y down, and that’s what gives rise to the idea and narrative that he doesn’t work, but that is furthest from the truth. He works. It just isn’t counted officially.

      • Jib says:

        Locke Lamora, I do think he does a lot of the work. He said that this work fills a hole that was left when he left the army, and when you see his joy and ease in working with the soldiers, or the children at his charity Sentabele, you can tell he is prepared and knows what he’s doing.

        I just said on the Daily Mail site that of her two kids, Diana would be ashamed of William and very proud of Harry. I think he is doing a great job. I do disagree with one thing he said, however: there is NO WAY William has ANY interest in filling the void in the world left when Diana died. He wants to do nothing and use her memory to justify it. He is a disgrace.

    • perplexed says:

      I don’t know how much work he does overall, but I’ll admit to being impressed that he helped to invent the Invictus Games. At first, I just thought it was the kind of Games that had already existed and he was contributing to their publicity, but when I realized he was part of the start-up effort I was quite surprised (in a good way). I wouldn’t have thought a royal could be creative like that, although I suppose he does have a predecessor in his father Charles to look to in terms of The Prince’s Trust, which I think Charles invented.

      • hmmm says:

        This all brings up a sad thought for me- did Charles and his earnest and very successful charitable endeavours have absolutely *no* influence even on Harry? The poor man. Diana looms so large, he’s been relegated to a footnote even in the history of his own children. He deserves so much better than that. Shame on you, Harry!

      • ClaireB says:

        I think William is supposed to be the one to inherit the duties and acclaim that go along with the Prince’s Trust. I believe Charles tried to pass it down to him last year or the year before since he himself was taking on more of the queen’s duties, but William wouldn’t take it.

        As far as I can tell, Harry’s been well-trained to not show his brother up in any official capacity, and that would include bringing up his father’s foundation and its legacy. You may be right that Harry is leaving Charles out in favor of Diana’s good name, but I’m guessing there are more reasons behind that. I couldn’t believe that William refused to take the Trust or that it was actually reported. I think things are slipping out of control, and Harry’s sticking with the safe answers about his “sainted” mother who’s been dead for almost 20 years.

        I’ve also quite grown to like Harry in the past few years, because I admire his obvious and sincere passion for his causes, so I might be biased. ;)

      • LAK says:

        Charles made a passing comment last year about both his sons refusing to take over yhe prince’s trust, but it was couched in a shrug of ‘what can one do?’ Language.

        Since Harry is growing his own legacy, it makes sense that he doesn’t take on the trust as well, but William isn’t doing anything. For himself or others.

        If we shut the whole thing down, QM and Philip and the older set of cousins would settle in happy retirement, all the rest have carved out a niche for themselves that can be carried forward, except for William. All pretence at that job would be dropped and he would be left with nothing because he hasn’t created, made anytjing for/of himself.

      • hmmm says:


        I can see Harry telling his father he has his own passions on which to concentrate. So, you’re right. What is William’s excuse?

        On the third hand, neither of them could fit in the Trust? That says to me that they are dismissive of it. Which says to me that Charles’ concerns don’t matter to either of them a whole lot. Nor his legacy.

        It’s ironic that Harry can be loyal to his brother but not his father. Neither of the children seem to be.

      • Megan says:

        Charles created a separate trust for William and Harry to build their own legacy so it strikes me as odd that he was expecting one of them to curate his legacy.

      • hmmm says:


        A separate trust does not preclude carrying on an established (and very worthy) family legacy.

      • Megan says:

        @hmmm The Prince’s Trust isn’t a family legacy, it is Charles’ personal legacy.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The Prince’s Trust is the work of the Prince of Wales, hence Prince’s Trust. It even uses the Prince of Wales’s feathers as the logo. Like The Duchy (and Duchy Originals) is done in the name of the Duchy of Cornwall.

        William will be Prince of Wales, provided Charles decides to award him that title, and automatically becomes Duke of Cornwall upon either HM or Charles’s death.

    • Tina says:

      He also does quirky things – a couple of years ago, he had a show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Now, he worked with a garden designer of course, but it was really lovely to see how proud the Queen and Prince Charles were of him.

      • hmmm says:

        Yet, he doesn’t seem proud of Chuck, just his momma.

      • Tina says:

        I haven’t read this interview, but I think People is obsessed with Diana (they certainly were when she was alive), I’m sure they didn’t ask about Charles at all. He seemed proud of Charles in that documentary he did with Ant and Dec about the Prince’s Trust.

    • Goodnight says:

      He did 100 OFFICIAL engagements, as in engagements recorded in the court circular. He did hundreds more unofficial engagements. He’s extremely hands-on with the games as an organiser and none of his games stuff counts on the court circular. Harry’s numbers at the end of the year are played down because he can’t be seen to overshadow the heir. That’s just how it’s done.

      Harry might not be on the level of Anne or the Queen, but by all accounts he’s an extremely hard worker whose work gets downplayed to make him appear less exceptional. He’s doing far more than the bare minimum.

  2. Size Does Matter says:

    Not a word about his “duty.” It’s what he WANTS to do. William, take notes.

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      He is a people person like him mom. He appreciates the value of touching people and making eye contact. He laughs and smiles in many of his pictures. Yes, he has Diana’s warm and wonderful heart, and regardless of whether his looks fade (oh, pleaz), he will always have a kind and gentle soul that is open to people of all faiths, races, creeds, and classes.
      Maybe we should call him The People’s Prince. <3

      • Ravensdaughter says:

        PS: Loved the exchange between Michelle & Harry (and The Queen, Giver of Shade), and I love that they are on a first name basis.

    • Poisonous Lookalike says:

      Yes, this.

      And as always, lots of honks for Harry.

  3. sofie says:

    I love harry. As a brit, am v proud of him.

  4. HK9 says:

    I have to say it, I’m really proud of Harry.

  5. Naya says:

    “William uses memories of his mother as a cautionary tale, and as cudgel against the press and critics.”

    Thats because he, more than any other person, got a front row seat to his mothers struggle. Harry was too young to get it and she didnt confide in him anyway, so of course his memory of her is based solely on her public persona. Harry visualizes the Diana who picked unsexy charities and worked tirelessly for them; William remembers the Diana who was so tormented by the palace machine and their media cohorts, she became suicidal.

    • perplexed says:

      I think Harry would still have more personal memories of Diana, not just her public persona. He’s not significantly younger than William (there’s what, a 2 year age difference?). And I don’t think he’d be totally unaware of her depression — we all know about it so I doubt he has no perception of that part of her life at all. And he can, unlike regular folks, access a wide array of documentaries and biographies on her to know about the less positive side of both the Windsors and the Spencers. I really don’t think he’d be oblivious to Diana’s struggles, but chooses to focus on what he loved about her (and most likely what would make her proud), like most people do with their mothers.

      One thing I do find quite puzzling about William is that Diana made it quite known that she wanted to see William become King, and ostensibly in the style of what she thought a monarchy could achieve and do (so far as implying that Charles might not be fit enough to do the same role), so I have no idea why he’d want to show to the world that he might be sucky at Diana’s vision of the job. Assuming he was sympathetic to his mother’s plight, William’s desire to not do much of anything that would make his mother’s dreams for him come true is a mystery to me.

    • The Original Mia says:

      I can’t begin to understand what WIlliam and Harry felt losing their mother, but I also can see that William uses the memory of his mother to get what he wants by guilting others about her death. And it’s the fact that William uses his mother’s memory to shirk his duties that angers me because I see Harry doing the opposite. His mother is his mother and good or bad he understands that he’s honoring her memory through his actions. There can’t be anyone out there who thinks William is honoring her memory. Yes, he hates the paparazzi, but what about the rest? His mother believed in the monarchy. She believed in duty to the crown. Diana would not be happy with William.

      Harry’s words reminded me of Patton Oswalt’s daughter and what she said about her mother. “When your mom dies you’re the best memory of her. Everything you do is a memory of her.” — Alice Oswalt, 7.

      • Poisonous Lookalike says:

        Yes. You’ve hit on exactly what I want to express. I was in a very similar position as William with my mother—I was her confidant for far more than a child should ever be, and it started at a fairly young age. When she died at just 48, all of us were gutted, but none of us used that to try to guilt others. In no way does William honor his mother’s memory or legacy.

      • Megan says:

        My husband and his older brother were about the same age as William and Harry when their father died very suddenly and unexpectedly. It affected them in profoundly different ways. His brother’s broken heart never quite mended and you can still sense an element of grief in him 30 years on. Grief is deeply personal and no two people grieve the same way.

    • AMK85 says:

      @perplexed: Exactly. Harry was just over two weeks from his 13th birthday when she died. He wasn’t a kindergartner. I hate when people use this excuse for William. Harry was plenty old enough to know what was going on. He’s simply chosen to honor his mother in a more substantial way. Will is going to be 34 in a month. Grow the f*ck up.

      • hmmm says:

        Amen! I’ve felt this way about Harry forever. That somehow he is missing in the equation as if he were a baby boy and not someone who had reached the age of reason. Stories always makes it sound as if only William was around, and William was the victim. As if Harry did not observe and interpret.

        These William-centric stories are unfair to Harry, dismissive of him, and the case for manipulation. Harry the afterthought and whipping boy. That’s his place in the scheme of things. And he bears the marks of that- a fervent and unreasonable loyalty.

    • als says:

      I have a sister that is 10 years older than me and I have always understood our family more than her. At 7 I knew more than she knew at 17. This was partly because I was more intuitive and partly because she didn’t care to know anything real. I am tired to always be the ‘grounded’ one.
      If you want to use the argument that Harry was younger and didn’t get it, go ahead, but it is thin,very thin.
      You just looked at their ages and drew a conclusion. If you did that to me and called me out for ‘visualizing’, I would have some words for you.
      Older brothers and sisters are nor always the cool, more knowledgeable ones.

  6. capepopsie says:

    Oh, I like him too!
    I´m sure he has a nice personality.
    Bringing a crown, cape and pointed shoes. . .

  7. Mel M says:

    Love him, always and forever.

  8. meme says:

    He is truly his mother’s son. Prince Harry loves helping people and doing charity work. It’s obvious by his unbridled enthusiasm. Diana would be so proud.

    • TreadStyle says:

      Yes exactly! That boy smiles from ear to ear anytime he is doing any kind of charity work, especially interacting with the people. He is a person whose emotions show plainly on his face, he cannot hide them. I’ve also seen pictures when he is with people in a sad state and the pain and concern also show plainly on his face. I think he could teach a lot to all the famous people around the world. I love him and think he is one of the most genuine people out there.

    • Jib says:

      I would never want my daughter to marry anyone famous, but I might make an exception for Harry. I think he will spend his life doing good works, making the world a better place, while his brother will continue to whine and be workshy.

  9. Jade says:

    I can understand their different views of the legacy of their Mother, Will was old enough to fully understand what caused her death and the toil th3 public scruitny on her. That being said I think it’s great that Harry wants to follow in his Mother’s footsteps.

    • abby says:

      Her death was caused by a drunk driver and not wearing a seatbelt while speeding through Paris. I think Harry understands that better than William.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        I read somewhere that Diana used William as her personal therapist, even though he was just a kid. Maybe that’s why they have different views of her.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Why do people always blame her for her own death? She should have worn a seat belt. I’m sure she didn’t know the driver was drunk. But why do you insist that being chased by the paparazzi had nothing to do with her death? That is factually, morally and legally incorrect. If your reckless behavior causes the death of another person , regardless of whether or not they were perfect, you would be held responsible. But every time someone mentions the role of the paparazzi in her death, the Diana haters come out to say it was her fault. I don’t get it.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Both of the boys were away at boarding school the majority of the time. The stories (even those told by Diana) of William being her therapist every night are vastly exaggerated.

      • bluhare says:

        I think abby blamed the drunk driver and speeding as well, GNAT, which I believe to be the two biggest factors. And, yes, she does bear responsibility for not wearing her seat belt. I always wondered why she wasn’t wearing it, as I read she apparently was very good about wearing them.

        BUT keep in mind this is written by someone who hardly ever wears a seat belt in the back seat of a car. Don’t know why; I hate wearing them back there although I wear them 100% in the front! Maybe she was the same.

      • ClaireB says:

        I am not a hater, and the paparazzi did contribute to the crash. But responsible adults do not get into a vehicle with a drunk driver and do wear their seat belts, even when in the back seat. Diana made mistakes, and they led to a situation that caused her death. It’s very sad, but it’s not all down to the press.

      • hmmm says:

        If my life consists of high speed chases because of the paps, I’d be wearing my seat belt at all times. Perhaps she got distressed or distracted, but for me, it’s automatic. It’s plain dumb not to wear a seat belt and there are no excuses.

      • Megan says:

        Diana’s life did not consist of high speed chases. The car was going 65 mph on a freeway when it crashed. That is the legal speed limit for many roads where I live.

    • abby says:

      I can assure you I am not a hater. I like Diana, I appreciate all the good things she has done. She truly has left a mark in the world. However I am not going to ignore the fact that a grown woman did not wear a seat belt or that she was okay being driven by a drunk driver. The paparazzi story is up to debate.

      • bluhare says:

        I think that Dodi Fayed is left out of these things and he should be front and center. His dad owned the hotel where they stayed, and employed the driver. It was Fayed’s security with them that night, and Fayed gave the instructions.

      • Paula says:

        What bothers me the most is the fact that they were speeding, putting others people’s lives at risk as well. What if they had crashed into another car? Unless you’re running for your life, nothing justifies speeding, ever.

      • perplexed says:

        It’s said that Dodi Fayed didn’t know how to handle the situation. I have my doubts as to whether Diana knew the driver was drunk until they saw how he was driving, but by then it was probably too late to get out of the car with the paparazzi chasing them. Most likely, this event wouldn’t have happened if she had still had royal security, but she was afraid they were targeting her. I think the Fayeds were irresponsible in who they hired, and maybe she trusted their judgment more than she should have — but who would guess that he’d pick such a dumb driver? I wouldn’t have. Ultimately, he was the one driving, not Diana or Dodi. I’d put the blame on him before Diana or even Dodi, who I did find annoying, but oh well, it wasn’t like there were a ton of guys out there that she could date. Once you’ve been married to the Prince of Wales, it’s probably tough to find a guy willing to take you on. She could have worn her seat belt, but I really don’t think she was deliberately reckless when she got into the car. By the time everyone would have realized it was a bad idea to be driven by that particular guy, it was probably too late to get out of the vehicle without swarms of photographers surrounding them.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        you believe she knew the driver was drunk? But you’re not blaming her. Ok.

      • hmmm says:

        I don’t understand the need for high speed chases. Pose for the darn pictures and go on your way. Seems simple to me.

      • Cricket says:

        What I still fail to understand is why if they knew all these paps were outside they even left the hotel. It was the Ritz FFS and Dodi’s father owned it so it’s not like they couldn’t have the best suite and all the privacy they needed there. I never understood that move.. and I honestly don’t think anyone of the 3 would have gotten into a car with a man that was as drunk as the testing came back as – surely he would have reeked of alcohol and they would have smelled it? Boggles my mind.

    • LAK says:

      What i don’t understand about William blaming the paps is the fact that he was pissed at his mother that entire summer for her part in teasing the paps and giving media quotes and generally making her life a tabloid.

      They had many fights about it and he wasn’t happy at being dragged to the yachts that summer because he really hated the pap friendly environment she created and all the publicity.

      He definitely didn’t think she was a victim then.

      Since the paps were initially blamed, he grabbed onto that as everyone did to explain her senseless death, and seems to have not matured his ideas since that day. Everyone else understands that it was a complex situation involving unnecessary changes of location from a secured one to another, drunk drivers, unworn seatbelts ( the passager wearing their seatbelt survived), speeding and the paps. He seems to think only the paps were to blame.

      And he has recast his mother as a victim, helpless to external forces.

      Yet this is a woman celebrated by the rest of the world as the mouse that roared. Her weaknesses were her strength and by her death, she would have really hated being cast as a victim. She said as much in that horrid panorama interview.

      • addie says:

        Perhaps that’s the only way William can process it. If he gave his mother a hard time that summer, and had words with her, then that’s his last memory: arguments. There’s possibly a lot of guilt in there. So blaming only the paps is his coping mechanism. I think he is a very unwell man psychologically.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        Very well said LAK.

      • notasugarhere says:

        He has hated media and the paps since he was a toddler. Life events have exacerbated that, and he uses his mother as an excuse. Not for his wife or children (which is a great PR smokescreen), but so he gets what he wants – control of the press.

        He has recently begun blaming his mother for his childhood, with the new stories circulating about how he thinks she was a bad mother because she worked too much for charity. More blaming of working parents. He’ll use her and her memory any way he can to continue to be lazy.

  10. Lucy says:

    He’s such a great guy.

  11. Abby says:

    I really love this interview and how he handled the topics. I love his story about the American children and him planning to dress more like a “prince.” what a funny picture :-)

  12. The Original Mia says:

    So proud of him. He really does embody the best parts of his mother and father.

    Cracked up at his comments about American kids not believing he’s a prince because he doesn’t have a cape. Ha!

  13. KB says:

    Love this man! I can’t wait to watch the Invictus Games on TV. And all the pictures and interviews we’ll get when he’s here!

  14. OTHER RENEE says:

    I can’t comment on how hard he works, but I’m sure these Games take an enormous effort on his part. Overall he gets a pass that William would never get in other arenas. Can you imagine if it had been William photographed naked in a Las Vegas hotel room? He would have been eviscerated. Harry was just “having a bit of fun.”

    • notasugarhere says:

      William has been photographed urinating in public, getting behind the wheel of a car while drunk, dressing as an “African Native” at a costume party, lying to the paraolympians to sneak off on vacation, caught not working his pretend co-pilot job, and caught killing two different species of endangered bird. The majority of this hidden or covered up because he’s the heir.

      How is that better than Harry’s privacy being invaded in his own hotel room on his vacation?

      • Tammy says:

        DIdn’t Prince Harry dress up as a Nazi?

      • Magnoliarose says:

        Yes Tammy he did and it was very gross. If he was actually that it would be different. I did stupid things I regret now too as do most of us when we mature.
        It took me awhile to change my mind about him but my youthful mistakes aren’t documented so that’s how I frame it.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Yes stupid, offensive move on his part – and his brother picked out the costume for him. Shopkeeper went on record confirming it. It was a “Natives and Colonials” party theme and both were stupid to go. William wearing the “Native African” costume was covered up by the press while the story of Harry’s costume is brought up constantly.

      • Megan says:

        Harry put the costume on so the blame is on him. It was a stupid thing to do and he was publicly punished for it. I think the matter can finally be put to rest.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The published reports were that Charles was furious with both of them and blamed them both equally. Eventually, the William part was shoved under the carpet and only Harry was made to apologize.

    • bluhare says:

      He *was* just having “a bit of fun”. And I’d say the same thing if a single, unattached William did the same thing prior to being deployed.

    • LAK says:

      William’s misdeeds are covered up OR downplayed not to be a big deal as happens with every heir. In Wiliam’s case, there was a recent doc on BBC (the one Charles tried to stop) about the Royals and media in which several editors admitted that they had pictures of various William misdeeds, but they would never publish them.

      IF William ever stops being heir ie he steps out the line/abdicates, those pictures will be published immediately. The public will be shocked because he really has gotten away with many things.

      Based on what’s already known to floating in media desks or dark parts of the internet, Vegas will look like a picnic.

      • hmmm says:

        I think William is a degenerate. Probably a lot of aristos are. It’s a cultural thing.

      • Megan says:

        I really don’t think the BRF lives in fear of shots of William acting like an ass when he was younger. Everyone already knows he acted like an ass.

      • notasugarhere says:

        What William has done go far beyond “acting like an ass”. If those photos and videos hit the internet? Yes, the BRF does fear that. See how quickly everything about Andrew was shut down to see how far the BRF will go. Protecting the Golden Child would be 100X greater.

      • Ravine says:

        “What William has done”?

  15. right says:

    Trudeau looks like that Prince from the mermaid Disney film + an unshakable likeability. Henry and him together make my dirty 30yr old lady fantasies go sky-high.

    I don’t believe Henry will get married until he’s well on his late 30s simply because he seems to be enjoying being single and because he strikes me as someone who won’t commint to anyone unless he’s 100% sure and comfortable with it. And I don’t expect to see him with someone like Cressida or Chelsea, I think he’s going for a FLOTUS type of woman, one who outsmarts and challenges him. Also, it’s going to be a dark haired, mark my words.

    Damn they’re hot I can’t even

    • addie says:

      I hope he does go for a FLOTUS type. Meanwhile, she is a great female mentor, friend, and supporter which Harry needs. If he sets his sights on that kind of woman , he’ll be just fine.

    • Laura says:

      I agree that Harry will not marry until much later in his 30′s. He seems to be taking his time to figure out his place in the world, and to pursue his interests as a single man. A lot of people do this. I also think who he marries will be much different than the beautiful, but vapid, blondes he has dated in the past. I think he will marry an older, pretty brunette, who is established and has a career of her own. I am not sure if I see him having children either. He may be one of those people who prefers to be a support for those who do have children. And that’s okay. People are not required to have children and can still have meaningful lives without children or getting married.

    • LAK says:

      Whilst Cressida and Chelsy were early girlfriends, it’s unfair to dismiss them and compare them unfavourably with an older woman accomplished when we don’t know whether she was equally accomplished at 18-21 as she was at 30something.

      Cressida chose a life in the arts. That doesn’t make her an idiot or stupid or incapable of growing.

      Chelsy has 2 degrees in Law, one of which is a masters. She worked for 2yrs as a lawyer before she went to become a jeweller. And you know what? She followed through. Her Jewellery site is up and running and it supports local African communities following a policy of ethical trading. She didn’t quit her law degree, pretend to potentially have a jewellery line and then do nothing about it. Her jewellery is sold through her website and she has 2 stores carrying the first season line.

      The first of Cressida’s acting jobs showed up this year. A small tv role in ‘dr thorne’ and she makes her big film debut this summer in TULIP FEVER, also a small role, but she keeps plugging away. Everyone needs to start somewhere, even the GOOPs of the world.

      it’s unfair to say that Harry’s ex-girlfriends weren’t intelligent when they were both students when he dated them, one of them -the longest relationship, a double law student.

      Finally, Diana, a woman with no formal education at all managed to accomplish so much in her short life that it changed the world. No one could have predicted that. Ditto Angelina Jolie.

      We can all hope for someone accomplished, but let’s not tar Harry’s ex-girlfriends with the Kate brush and judge them unfairly for a life unlived and let them get on with it. If, like Kate, they reach their mid-30s still unformed, then judge away.

      • right says:

        @lak, you’re 100% right, I just meant to say that I fell the one is going to be something completely different and I’d never put their worth and accomplishments in doubt by thinking so. Maybe you misread a bit, but your point is fair, :)

      • Cricket says:

        bravo… great comment!

        I think Harry will marry and will definitely have kids. He is just such a kid magnet, it would be a tragedy for him not to be a dad.

        HONKS for GKH!

      • LAK says:

        Oops. Chelsey’s website is

  16. KiddVicious says:

    Ain’t? Does Harry think all Americans say ain’t? If he weren’t so adorable I’d be offended.

    • TeamAwesome says:

      I’ve heard a ton of Brits (on tv) use ain’t.

      • KiddVicious says:

        It probably sounds better with an English accent. I looked up the etymology of the word and I’m honestly surprised by its history. I’ve always assumed it was an uneducated American word used to embarrass my parents as a kid. LOL

  17. happyXamp says:

    The Daily Fail has pics of him arriving at the airport.

  18. kri says:

    The man hotness in those pics has unwomanned me. SWOOOOOOOON.

  19. paddyjr says:

    When Diana died, I remember watching live coverage of Harry and William looking at the flowers and mementos outside Buckingham Palace. Harry was so young and vulnerable as he clung to his father’s hand. William was accepting gifts from the public; he looked so self-contained and I thought “he is such his mother’s son. He will make her proud.” What a difference almost 20 years makes!

    Harry has had his struggles and faults, much like Diana did. Like Diana, those struggles have been public, but so has the redemption. I think it is part of what gives them both their humanity and humility. Harry probably knew from an early age that he was “the spare” and would have a less-defined role than William, but that the press would always be there. So, like Diana and Charles, he has used them to promote his own causes, even if they aren’t “sexy”. He seems to to have accepted his position and knows he can either use it for good or act like a spoiled brat. As a result, he has created a role and a legacy for himself and seems to be able to generally do what he wants. I also think that what connects him with his grandmother; she sees in him someone who embraces his role, so she’s willing to help him be successful, even if it means throwing some Queenly shade!

  20. TotallyBiased says:

    “You turn up and you think you’re invincible in a super-duper aircraft, but you’re helpless. Then I come back and I say, ‘How can I use my name and that spotlight to the best effect?’ ” Creating the Games, he notes, was “almost like a cure for that pain I had back then.”
    Wholly Chao.
    As a two-tour Iraq vet, this made me tear up.
    This is straight up, absolutely the best statement I’ve ever seen from a ‘celebrity vet’.
    Excuse me, I have to go blow my nose. Oh, that should count as a Honk for Harry.

    • ClaireB says:

      Thank you for your service. I hope you’re doing well now.

      And I really love how Harry has turned his Army service and his aborted tour of duty into a passion for supporting wounded veterans. I’m sure he’s not perfect, but his care for his fellow service-members really shows as genuine.

    • Jib says:

      Thank you. Peace.

    • The Original Mia says:

      Thank you for your service.

    • notasugarhere says:

      We cannot say it enough. Thank you for your service.

    • TotallyBiased says:

      Ah, thanks, guys.
      ClaireB: he actually went back to Afghanistan for a second, complete tour. He’s definitely seen the elephant.

  21. Magnoliarose says:

    Good for the sexy ginger. It’s a great cause.

  22. Dena says:

    I wish people would let Diana die. Just let her and her memory rest in peace. She and the memory of her doesn’t have to be evoked at the every turn and change in the direction of the wind.

    • Betsy says:

      I think it’s okay her son’s are asked about her, what with her being their mother and all.

  23. mollie says:

    I love Harry.

  24. Rae says:

    Honking for the Ginge.