Prince Harry is one royal bachelor who is certainly no stranger to the million-dollar question: When does he plan to settle down? Harry has been involved in a few long-term relationships, including Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas. While the prince has dated a string of beauties, royal onlookers wonder when he’ll take the leap and who the lucky lady will be.
As Vanity Fair relays, the 31-year-old has no plans to officially take himself off the market anytime soon. When asked about his relationship goals in the near future by People Magazine, Harry responded openly and honestly.
“No. There are a lot of things to get done before settling down. Another seven miles to walk now, which I’m not looking forward to… 8! Everyone looks forward to settling down, but in the meantime it’s work as usual so let’s crack on.”
Harry seems to always be under scrutiny and pressure to make someone his steady girlfriend and to follow in his brother’s footsteps. Despite being annoyed with this line of questioning, he remains gracious and polite in his quick dismissal of the query.
As VF notes, it must get a bit tiresome for the young prince to constantly field questions in regards to his relationship status and to live in the shadow of his older brother’s picture-perfect relationship with his wife, Kate Middleton. However, the publication also reminds that Harry really shouldn’t be pitied, as he has a pretty exciting life at present.
“[H]e is a prince, for goodness sakes, and his beard is so phenomenal in its ruggedness and splendor that it’s said to be physically… He cavorts with Lady Gaga; he travels around Africa for the summer; he tags along as a third wheel to rugby matches. Yesterday, the guy threw around a football with Dan Marino.”
Additionally, Harry shared just how he plans to continue to show support of his country’s troops since acting as a captain in the army. People notes how Harry said that “his ongoing commitment to veterans’ issues, which includes bringing his Invictus Games for wounded warriors to Orlando in May, will endure for decades to come.”
Although Harry shares that he is not looking for anything serious at the moment, it didn’t keep the rumors from swirling that he was considering reuniting with his ex Chelsy. William’s wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, was reportedly the instigator of the reunion for her own apparent personal reasons. These claims have not been verified as truthful, and according to Harry’s own words, he is not inspired at all to rekindle things with his ex. However, Harry did make note of one form of inspiration he turns to in his life — one that motivates him to work for various causes and charities.
The Mirror relays how Harry turns to the memory of his mother, Diana, to inspire him to help others.
“It’s equally important, if not more so, to do the stuff behind the scenes. It’s something that our mother did a lot of and that’s the time that you really get to learn, you get the experiences and you actually get the honest truth out of people.”
The former army captain spoke on the subject of giving back when he turned up to support Walking with the Wounded on a 17-mile trek. Harry also is working with the Ministry of Defence’s London Personnel Recovery Unit and meets wounded women and men of the service at Headley Court.
It’s clear as to why settling down is not the first thing on Prince Harry’s list of “to-dos.” He’s clearly just a tad bit busy.
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