Now that Prince Harry has left the British Army after 10 years of service, he’s starting to figure out what his post-military life will be like. He’s already spent a lot of time in Africa on charity work, which is fairly reminiscent of his mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who also did a lot of charity work in Africa. Of course everyone’s ready for another royal wedding! Harry chatted about marriage and his late mother when talking with reporters.
When asked if he was “anywhere near” the decision to marry in a recent interview during his participation in the 17-mile Walking with the Wounded’s Walk of Britain, Prince Harry gave a straightforward reply:
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.”
Prince Harry was appreciative of the support for the Walk itself.
The support has been amazing. People come out to give money, and then when they hear what it’s for they put another £20 in.”
He also opened up about one of the main causes he’s going to support as a royal: support for wounded veterans.
The main focus for the rest of my life is to make sure these guys get the best support possible. I love spending time with these guys. I like to think I know roughly what they’re going through as well. It’s hard to say that, because everyone is unique, but the main focus, from my point of view, for the rest of my life anyway is to make sure they get the best support possible because I know, and more people are starting to see, how valuable they are within society. Whether it’s in this country, or the U.S.A., they are the best people on this planet to bring people together, to improve communities. I think it’s something people need to take notice of.”
That’s a great cause for Prince Harry to support!
He credited his interest in charity work to his mother, Princess Diana, during interviews for the Walk.
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.”
His time in the military inspired his interest in veterans, and his mother’s charity work sparked an idea of how he could do both (support veterans and do charity work).
I thought, ‘Hang on, I’ve spent 10 years in the Army doing something that I really love, being hidden away from the limelight. Time to give back.’ And actually suddenly realized I can now be the perfect spokesperson for these guys. I know what they’ve been through.”
Sounds like an inspired idea to me! Here are some pictures from Walking with the Wounded:
Prince Harry joins Walking with the Wounded for a 17 mile stretch in #Shropshire. A team of wounded veterans are over half way through their 1000 mile, 72 day #WalkofBritain expedition across the UK to raise awareness and funds for WWTW – a charity which offers assistance to veterans making the transition to civilian life and independence. #supportthewalk www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk Photo ©Press Association.
The #WalkofBritain expedition team, made up of 6 wounded ex-servicemen and women and their supporters, have been cheered on by local communities along the 1000 mile route. Prince Harry met some young supporters as he joined Walking with the Wounded during their trek to Ludlow Castle in Shropshire. Photo ©Press Association
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Walking 17 miles gave Prince Harry plenty of time to raise awareness, raise money for the event, and chat with the press. It sounds like it was great all around!
Photos by FAMEFLYNET