Scoop: Prince Harry says no one in royal family wants to take over

Continuing what appears to be a concerted effort in recent months to demystify the royal family, Prince Harry granted Newsweek an extensive interview, printed Thursday, detailing his attempts at normalcy and continuing the legacy of his late mother. Harry even suggested that no one in the royal family is itching to take over for Queen Elizabeth II, even as the duty looms.

“The monarchy is a force for good,” the prince said, speaking specifically of his grandmother’s work but emphasizing how the younger generation of royals are actively trying to modernize the monarchy.

“We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people,” Harry said. “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.”

A sense of duty sparring with an ache for the ordinary seems to define the prince’s existence, with much of it rooted in the life — and death — of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Harry and his brother, Prince William, have been increasingly transparent in the last year about the lasting psychological scars of their mother’s
tragic death when they were just children.

“My mother died when I was very young. I didn’t want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good,” Harry told Newsweek, before continuing to speak about the value his mother placed on leading an ordinary life.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in a car crash. She was 36.

GOOP IN STICKY SITUATION
Gywneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website, Goop, doesn’t have a fan in NASA. For only $120, you buy a set “wellness stickers” adverstised to “smooth out both physical tension and anxiety” thanks to the “carbonized radio-frequency material that comes from spacesuits. However, not only did a former chief NASA scientist debunk the sticker’s alleged benefits, Mark Schelhamer said NASA never gave the companyy, Body Vibes, any spacesuits. Body Vibes has since released a statement saying the
mistake about the origins of the material was due to a miscommunication.

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