Intrusion of privacy keeping Harry away from his girlfriends
London: Prince Harry has said there is a “massive paranoia” inside him when it comes to women and he does not have a girlfriend due to “incessant” intrusions into his private life.
Those waiting for him to settle down may have to wait a little longer as the 31-year-old prince said he struggles to develop relationships with women because of the scrutiny and intrigue surrounding him at all times.
Harry, who started the first Invictus Games for injured active and veteran service members in London in 2014, told the Sunday Times ahead of the tournament beginning today in Orlando, Florida.
He opened up about the “massive paranoia that sits inside me” when it comes to women.
He added: “The other concern is that even if I talk to a girl, that person is then suddenly my wife, and people go knocking on her door.” “If or when I do find a girlfriend,” he said, “I will do my utmost… to ensure that me and her can get to the point where we’re actually comfortable with each other before the massive invasion that is inevitably going to happen into her privacy.” However, Harry admitted that his love life has been sidelined due to his commitment to work.
He said: “I’m not putting work before the idea of a family, marriage and all that kind of stuff. To be fair, I haven’t had that many opportunities to get out there and meet people. At the moment, my focus is very much of work. But if someone slips into my life then that’s absolutely fantastic.” In the interview, he criticised how the media have treated him and his family.
He said: “Everyone has a right to privacy. Sadly that line between public and private life is almost non-existent any more.
“We will continue to do our best to ensure that there is the line.”
In a separate interview to BBC today, Harry said “…sadly in some areas there is this incessant need to find out every little bit of detail about what goes on behind the scenes. It’s unnecessary.”
His championing of the event, and those who have been wounded in service, has been widely praised, with the 31-year-old being likened to his mother Princess Diana for his charitable work.
Harry, who has served as a co-pilot gunner in an Apache helicopter in Afghanistan in 2012 and 2013, works with his brother William and sister-in-law Kate on the Heads Together mental health campaign, which focuses on the “invisible injuries” suffered by former military personnel.