Prince Harry: Royal life no fairytale

March 14, 2012 - 6:56 AM
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Britain's Prince Harry, left, smiles after greeting Brazil's model Fernanda Motta, right, during the award ceremony after playing a charity polo match in Campinas, Brazil, Sunday March 11, 2012. Prince Harry is in Brazil at the request of the British government on a trip to promote ties and emphasize the transition from the upcoming 2012 London Games to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has told a TV interviewer that sometimes he and Prince William wish they were just normal instead of royals.

He spoke to CBS News after a 10-day trip to the Caribbean and South America representing his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, at Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The successful trip marked Harry's first extended solo tour on behalf of the queen.

Harry's comments received wide attention in the British press Wednesday when he noted that it would be hard for a potential serious girlfriend to put up with his royal role. He said it would be difficult to find someone willing to take on the challenge.

Asked if royalty lived up to the fairytale, Harry said: "No, not at all. As any girl would ever tell you. It's sort of, 'Oh my God, he's a prince.' But no. The job that it entails - I mean look at me, I'm 27 years old, and not so much searching for someone to fulfill the role, but obviously, you know, finding someone that would be willing to take it on."

Harry said he and William know they were born to great privilege and also have serious responsibilities.

"There's a lot of times that both myself and my brother wish, obviously, that we were just completely normal," he said, adding that he and William hope to use their charitable work to help the less fortunate.

Harry praised the queen and said her grandchildren might take her out for a night on the town to mark her Jubilee.

The son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana is receiving advanced combat helicopter training.