Prince Harrys outburst after Prince William said he didnt want to be King
Prince Harry is said to have offered to become King in Prince William’s place after he said that he didn’t want to inherit the important role.
William, 39, has had his future laid out before him since birth but as a child he reportedly expressed concerns over his future.
With this in mind, it’s believed the late Princess Diana thought her youngest son Harry, 37, would make a better monarch.
After overhearing his brother say he didn’t want to be King, in response, Harry reportedly retorted: “If you don’t want the job I’ll have it.”
According to royal expert Robert Jobson, this led to Diana privately calling Harry GKH – or Good King Harry.
Robert revealed on Channel 5’s William & Harry: Princes At War?: “She used to refer to Harry as GKH (Good King Harry) because she thought he’d probably be better equipped for the role in the future than William.”
TV broadcaster Jeremy Paxman backed Robert’s claims, and recalled the time Diana said something similar to him.
“We talked about our children and she said William often told her that he didn’t really want to be king, and then Harry would say, ‘If you don’t want the job I’ll have it',” he said, recalling one of their lunch meetings.
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During the late Princess’ controversial interview with BBC’s Martin Bashir, the journalist asked the mum-of-two whether she thought her then-13 year old should be crowned the King.
She said: “Well, then you have to see that William’s very young at the moment, so do you want a burden like that to be put on his shoulders at such an age? So I can’t answer that question.”
Since then, it’s now the shared opinion amongst many that William has matured into the role, and that he’ll make a great king.
Speaking to OK!, former royal correspondent Jennie Bond said: "She [Diana] said that he found at that age, in his early teens, the burden of kingship was already weighing quite heavily on his shoulders.”
“I think we did see a reluctance to take on the role earlier on, in his early adolescence, he knew his destiny as none of the rest of us do from such an early age,” she continued.
"But in the last couple of years, he has shown convincingly that he is the man for the role and that he cares about being king.
"He absolutely fully accepts the role and the responsibility destiny has put his way."
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