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Prince Harry, still single, sometimes wishes he were 'normal'


EL CENTRO, CALIFORNIA - In this handout image provided by the Ministry of Defense, EX Crimson Eagle Capt Wales, Prince Harry prepares his Apache to go out on a mission on October 25, 2011 in El Centro, California. (Photo by Sgt Russ Nolan RLC/MoD via Getty Images)



Prince Harry says that being a royal is ruining his chance for romance, and that sometimes wished he were "normal."

Giving an interview to CBS News at the end of his 10-day tour to the Caribbean and Brazil to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Harry admitted he sometimes wished he was "normal." 

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Asked if royalty lived up to the fairytale, Harry told CBS in Jamaica: "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 also revealed that he was keen to get back into combat with British military forces in Afghanistan.

He served in Afghanistan in 2008 as a forward air controller with the Household Cavalry, calling in air strikes, the Australian newspaper wrote.

"I've been there once," he told CBS. "I've served my country. I enjoyed it because I was with my friends. And, you know, everyone has a part to play."

"You know, all these people talking these stories of, 'Oh, he's been trained as Apache [helicopter] pilot, he's never going to see active service, he's never going to get to the front line'.

"These people live in a ridiculous world to even think that.... I want to serve my country. I've done it once, and I'm still in the army, I feel as though I should get the opportunity to do it again."

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Despite his misgivings about finding love, Harry said he had come to see his membership in the royal family as a chance to do good.

"Conversations with my mother, my father and my grandparents, as I have grown up, have obviously driven me toward wanting to try to make a difference as much as possible," he said, invoking the memory of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

"With privilege comes great responsibilities, is what they say. And the title that we have before our name, what effect that can have on a country, on a charity, or whatever, so yeah, we are slowly coming to terms with and accepting the fact that the name can make a huge difference, and therefore you've got to use it."

According to the Press Association, Harry earlier this week announced plans to expand the work of his Sentebale charity from helping disadvantaged children in a single African country to carrying out projects worldwide.