Why Prince Harry Might be Hoping Kate & William have Twins?
As Prince Harry himself admitted to the world in June, nobody wants to be on the British throne.
“We are not doing this for ourselves, but for the greater good of the people,” Prince Harry told the Newsweek magazine of his family’s restricted job choices.
“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.”
Fabulous news for Prince Harry, then, that his Duties – and the chance of having to rule – have become less heavy with the news the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third baby.
Less good news for Prince Harry fans, who perhaps imagine King Harry IX declaring a compulsory 4 pm cocktail hour across the Common wealth?
Certainly, Prince Harry seemed to be thrilled with the happy news, which Buckingham Palace announced after Kate Middleton was forced to cancel an engagement because of extreme morning sickness.
“Fantastic. Great,” Prince Harry said about the baby, cranking out more superlatives. “Very, very happy.”
And asked how the duchess is coping with her debilitating condition, he said: “I think she’s okay.”
In fact, Prince Harry, 32, is probably hoping she’s more than okay. He might have his fingers crossed that Kate Middleton, 35, has twins.
The impending arrival – Kensington Palace has made no comment on when the baby is due, but basic mathematics puts it around April or May – movesPrince Harry further down in the line of succession.
Before Prince William, 35, became a father with the birth of Prince George, Prince Harry was the third behind his brother and father Prince Charles, 68.
Prince George, 4 Yrs of age, and Princess Charlotte, 2 Yrs of age, shunted him out of position, and they would be baby will move Prince Harry even further down the pecking order to number six.
The significance is that he’s inching closer to the point where, in royal terms, he almost becomes a normal person.
The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 says the first six people in line to the throne must seek the monarch’s permission before marrying. If Kate Middleton has twins, then Prince Harry will be able to skip the formality of having to ask his grandmother if she’s fine with her adult grandson taking a bride of his choice.
Given leading UK bookies have closed their books on him proposing to Suits the US Actress Meghan Markle; the new royal baby likely takes the pressure off from Prince Harry.
As he told Newsweek, he has longed more than once to be something other than Prince Harry.
But he also said he is conscious his status gives him “a smallish window” when he can use his profile for good before William’s kids take over.
“And I’ve got to make the most of it,” he said in the interview at Kensington Palace.
Prince Harry sparked renewed speculation he and the American Actress Meghan Markle, 36, will soon announce their engagement when he whisked her off on an African safari holiday in August.
If she weds Prince Harry her boyfriend of a year, the UN Women Advocate – a divorcee who spoke out recently on racial vilification she experienced growing up with an African-American mother – would reportedly be known as HRH Princess Henry of Wales.
The expectation is the Queen would make Prince Harry a Duke as a Wedding Present, with Sussex the hot tip as a title.
And then if he does have children, Prince Harry told Newsweek that they would have an ordinary life.
“Even if I was King, I would do my own shopping. But it’s a tricky balancing act. We don’t want to dilute the magic.”