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'I am who I am'
Prince Harry
Harry said he had learned his lesson after wearing a Nazis uniform
Prince Harry has given a series of frank interviews to mark his 21st birthday, in which he admitted liking parties, beer and cigarettes, but also that he wished emulate his mother's charity work.

"I am who I am", he told interviewers. Here are some excerpts:

On his role as a member of the Royal Family...

Where I can see myself is doing as much as I can in the position that I've got.

I'm not going to be some person in the Royal Family who just finds a lame excuse to go abroad and do all sorts of sunny holidays and whatever.

I mean, I'll do the best I can.

On being a soldier...

Part of the conditions of me going to Sandhurst was the fact that I could be treated normally and could go on operations as a normal soldier, as a normal officer. With my guys.

Because the last thing I said, there's no way I'm going to put myself through Sandhurst and sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country.

You know that may sound very patriotic but it's true. It's not the way anyone should really work.

On his reputation as a 'party prince'...

What, does everyone expect me to be just the caring person and not to have a cigarette, not to have a beer?

I think that's part of every person, not just every teenager, because unfortunately I'm not a teenager any more.

Everyone has to have a beer every now and then. Cigarettes - trying to give up.

But if I can still smoke and run as fast as I can in the Army, then that's not going to slow me down.

On his stepmother, the Duchess of Cornwall...

To be honest with you, she's always been very close to me and William.

But no, she's not the wicked stepmother. I'll say that right now.

Everyone has to understand that it's very hard for her. Look at the position she's coming into. Don't always feel sorry for me and William, feel sorry for her.

She's a wonderful woman and she's made our father very, very happy which is the most important thing. William and I love her to bits.

On his girlfriend Chelsy Davy and media interest in her...

What I think about it is definitely something I'm not going to talk about.

How do I deal with it? Just get on with it, really.

Deep down inside there's lots of stuff I'd love to say.

Sometimes you deal with it, sometimes you don't deal with it. You find yourself shouting and screaming at all sorts of different stuff. Next question.

On the infamous Nazi uniform fancy dress outfit...

Looking back on it now, and at the time as well, it was a very stupid thing to do and I've learnt my lesson - simple as that really.

I'm very sorry if I offended anybody. I'd like to put it in the past now. What's done is done. I regret it.

On his brother William...

I mean, ever since our mother died, obviously we were close, but he is the one person on this earth who I can actually really, you know, we can talk about anything.



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