One More Reason to Love Prince Harry: He Shops for His Own Groceries

June 23, 2017

Prince Harry prefers to do his own supermarket runs, the royal redhead shared in a recent interview.

“People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live,” the prince told Newsweek. “I do my own shopping. Sometimes, when I come away from the meat counter in my local supermarket, I worry someone will snap me with their phone. But I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too.”

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And he intends to keep the tradition going.

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“Even if I was king, I would do my own shopping,” Harry added—though the prince is happy to avoid the full burden of the monarchy and would actually prefer not to wear the crown.

Being a royal definitely has its drawbacks—like for instance, the fact that garlic is "forbidden," according Carolyn Robb, who served as the chef for the royal family from 1989 to 2000. "The reason for that was that they obviously did a lot of public engagements and were in close proximity to people and never wanted to have garlic," Robb once told Racked. Hopefully they've come around on this rule since then, but if not, couldn't they just have a staffer who provides mints?

Luckily, it’s his brother and sister-in-law that will eventually have to deal with all the pomp and circumstance of running the monarchy—something that will definitely affect the ease with which they can pop out to the local market to pick up something for dinner.

Harry, meanwhile, gets to enjoy a comparatively “ordinary” relationship with Meghan Markle, his American actress/women’s rights activist/former food blogger girlfriend, who, by all accounts, appreciates someone who knows what they’re doing in the kitchen.

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Matt June 23, 2017
"Luckily, it’s his brother and sister-in-law that will have to deal with all the pomp and circumstance of ruling the country"

The author of this piece doesn't understand how the government of the United Kingdom works do they?
702551 June 23, 2017
To clarify, the United Kingdom government is run by a parliament and its leader, the prime minister (typically a member of the dominant party of the House of Commons). While the UK is a constitutional monarchy, the royal family does not dictate public policy nor does it have any say in the election of public officials.

Queen Elizabeth II does not "run the country" [sic].

Note that Prince Henry of Wales is fifth in the line of succession to take over for Queen Elizabeth II. He is preceded by his father, Charles, Prince of Wales, his older brother, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his brother's two children, George and Charlotte.

It is unlikely that Prince Harry will ascend to the throne unless all four die and there are no viable issues from George nor Charlotte. If William has more children or if George has his own at some point, Harry will fall even further down the line of succession.
judy June 26, 2017
But Not impossible. His Grandmother Elizabeth was, I believe, maybe 5th or 6ht in line and was not brought up to think that she was even close to teh possibility of being Queen. NOt so easy to rule out....
702551 June 27, 2017
The Queen Mother was never realistically in line for the throne. She was the Queen Consort and when her husband George VI died, her daughter Elizabeth II ascended to the throne, not her. Let's remember that it was her brother Edward VIII who gave up the throne by abdicating to marry American Wallis Simpson. I'm not convinced that the same set of rules apply today.

Again, an astounding set of circumstances would have had to occurred for the Queen Mother to become a queen regnant, including the death of her own daughter (Elizabeth II) before her own passing. In the nineteenth century with lower life expectancy, war, and unrest, these scenarios were slightly more plausible, but not in the current era.
ErinM724 July 23, 2017
No...Edward was George's brother. So, originally, she could have been 5th or 6th in line (or something) as judy says because Edward probably would have had to marry and produce heirs who would have gotten to the throne before she would, as I'm guessing it would have been Edward's kids and then their kids if it went that long, then George, then her.