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I would face front line - Prince William
Prince William
The prince says he may join the Army after graduation
Prince William has said that if he joins the Army when he finishes St Andrews University he would not shirk fighting at the front line.

"The last thing I want to do is be mollycoddled or wrapped up in cotton wool," the 22-year-old said.

In an interview to mark the final year of his four-year course, he said to be kept back from war zones because of his title would be "humiliating".

He added that "life was too short" to be worried about one day becoming King.

The prince, who is second in line for the throne, would not be, he insisted, a reluctant King but that at the moment he was concentrating on keeping his "feet on the ground" and "enjoying myself as much as I can ".

"The thing is with me I look on the brighter side of everything.

"There's no point being pessimistic or being worried about too many things because frankly life's too short."

It should never be forgotten what all the war veterans have sacrificed for all of us to be as we are
Prince William

Talking about his recent role at Remembrance Sunday when he joined senior Royals including his father Prince Charles and grandmother the Queen at the Cenotaph service in London, he said it made him "very proud to be British".

"It should never be forgotten what all the war veterans have sacrificed for all of us to be as we are."

He expressed admiration for the British soldiers who were currently in action "fighting their hearts out".

He said he had hinted before at joining the Armed Forces when he finishes his studies and said the Army would be his first choice.

Harry a 'guinea pig'

He said officers' training academy Sandhurst was "very attractive" and younger brother Prince Harry was "going as a guinea pig first to see what happens".

If he serves, he said he would not expect to be "kept back for being precious".

"It's the most humiliating thing and it would be something I'd find very awkward to live with, being told I couldn't go out there when these guys have got to go out there."

However he added he had not entirely made up his mind about the future and "there's plenty of possibilities open".

Prince William playing pool at a bar at St Andew's
Deep down I am pretty normal
Prince William

He also plans to consider what charity work he wants to perform, such as highlighting poverty and Aids in Africa and fighting homelessness.

"My mother introduced that area to me a long time ago, which was a real eye-opener and I'm very glad she did. It's been something I've held close to me for a long time."

As part of the interview, cameras followed the prince around the small university town in the east of Scotland.

He was shown playing snooker with friends and in a tutorial with a professor.

"Deep down I am pretty normal," he said.

He said his time at university has been "brilliant" and that he has enjoyed being able to stay out of the media spotlight.

That is expected to end with his studies next year.

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