Prince Harry says he is already worrying over a future girlfriend even before he, and the rest of the world, knows her identity.
In a new interview with Britain’s Sunday Times, the 31-year-old prince conceded that he has “massive paranoia that sits inside” of him concerning the public scrutiny and attention any girl he speaks to in public must endure.
Likely, the prince remembers the intense scrutiny his mother, Princess Diana, was subjected to when she was alive, as well as the pressure it has placed on any girl to whom he’s taken a shine.
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— People Magazine (@people) May 8, 2016
Harry truly is a prince of men. He explained to the newspaper that he will first get to his future girlfriend privately then protect her from the pressures of public life once they disclose their relationship to the world.
“If or when I do find a girlfriend, I will do my utmost to ensure that me and her can get to the point where we’re actually comfortable with each other before the massive invasion that is inevitably going to happen into her privacy.”
Prince Harry said even before he gets serious with a girl, the invasion of privacy of any girl he likes is swift and immediate and makes having a relationship very difficult.
“The other concern is that even if I talk to a girl, that person is then suddenly my wife, and people go knocking on her door.”
Prince Harry knows first-hand the scrutiny that comes for a woman who dates a prince. He has had two high-profile romances that caught the attention of the paparazzi – he dated Zimbabwean Chelsy Davy on-and-off from 2004 to 2011 and had a serious romance with Cressida Bonas from 2012 to 2014.
He has laid low ever since he split with Bonas, and even if he is dating someone now, it is likely on the complete down-low and will remain that way for as long as possible.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 6, 2016
In the interview with the Sunday Times, Prince Harry said one reason he hasn’t found Ms. Right yet is because he has trouble meeting new people. He said the attention keeps him from going out anymore with his friends. He says the media attention and the plethora of people wanting to talk to him and take selfies is too distracting and puts a damper on having a fun night out.
“There is very little private life. I’m not putting work before the idea of a family, marriage and all that kind of stuff. To be fair, I haven’t had that many opportunities to get out there and meet people. At the moment, my focus is very much on work. But if someone slips into my life then that’s absolutely fantastic.”
Prince Harry is currently in Florida for his second-ever Invictus Games doing what he loves to do with his privileged position — make a difference for as long as he can.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) May 8, 2016
Like his brother, Prince William, Harry does long for a family, but he just doesn’t seem all that ready for the commitment just yet.
The dashing prince told People magazine in an exclusive interview that he has sometimes been “put off” on having children while hanging around his friends’ kids. He confirmed that sentiment with the Sunday Times, saying he thinks children are “great” until they “start crying,” then it’s more like, “Here, have them back!”
— ABC News (@ABC) May 7, 2016
Whenever he does decide to settle down and start a family, it seems he will be a concerned and stern father.
In the interview, Prince Harry voiced “massive concerns” that the younger generation is too focused on their phones and social media rather than connecting with the outside world.
“I had an imagination [when I was growing up], now it’s like, ‘There’s an iPad, off you go.’ It’s all created for you. All you have to do is press buttons. That worries me.”
With that concern in mind, Prince Harry said he has plans to launch a global project aimed at reconnecting young people with nature and the environment.
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