When Queen Elizabeth either abdicates the throne or passes away, there’ll be a pretty important vacancy going: monarch of the United Kingdom. But according to a surprising new interview from Prince Harry, no-one in the royal family actually wants to take the role.

Well, that’s awkward.

As it stands, first in line to the throne is Prince Charles, followed by Prince William, then his eldest child Prince George. George is followed by his younger sister Princess Charlotte, and after her – fifth in line – is Prince Harry.

But in an interview with Newsweek recently, 32-year-old Harry discussed what would happen following the end of his grandmother’s reign, and revealed that no-one’s really that keen.

‘Is there any one of the Royal Family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so,’ he said. ‘We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people.’

Going on to clarify his potentially controversial comments – because who’d have thought anyone wouldn’t want to sit around in a cloak and crown all day (that’s what the Queen does, right?) – Harry continued: ‘We will carry out our duties at the right time.’

Of course, members of the royal family who are in line for king or queen could all just be calling one another’s bluff, playing it cool and pretending not to be fussed, while on the inside being desperately keen to hop on that throne and rule the world the country literally just the rest of the royal family.

To be fair, we bet Harry’s not even chatted to Prince George about the prospect of becoming king, who might be super-keen to give it a go. Now that’s a sight I’d like to see.

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Via Marie Claire US