Princess Diana Thought Prince Harry Would Have Made a Great King

Princess Diana reportedly thought that her youngest son, Prince Harry, had the right disposition to be king. The late royal reportedly called Harry "Good King Harry" even though Prince William was actually in line for the throne.

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Parents don't play favorites, but that doesn't mean they don't have opinions about their kids' strengths and weaknesses. Apparently, Princess Diana (opens in new tab) thought some of Prince Harry's strengths (opens in new tab) might make him very suited to be king—possibly even more so than his older brother and actual heir to the British throne, Prince William (opens in new tab).

The revelation comes courtesy of royal biographer Angela Levin (opens in new tab) who wrote in her biography Harry Conversations with the Prince that Diana thought her youngest (opens in new tab) son had the perfect natural disposition to be king.

"Harry’s seeming ability to cope, his ease with people and general gusto led Diana to believe that he would handle being king more easily than William. She even called him Good King Harry," Levin wrote, according to Express (opens in new tab). "Diana felt less confident in William. 'William doesn’t want to be king and I worry about that. He doesn’t want his every move watched.'"

As for what kind of king Harry thinks he would be, the royal told Levin in an interview before his wedding to Meghan Markle (opens in new tab):

"People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live. 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. Even if I was king I would do my own shopping."

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So there you have it: Good King Harry would do his own grocery shopping, tyvm.

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