Prince Harry recently revealed that he was like other young boys when he was growing. He was not fond of staying in the classroom for long and wanted to be a “bad boy” at school.
During the royal prince’s visit to the Ottery Youth Center in Cape Town, he shared with the teen boys at the center that he “didn’t like going to school” when he was growing up, Hello!magazine reported.
"I would have liked to come to a place like this,” he added. “When I was at school I wanted to be the bad boy."
The Ottery Youth Center houses teens who had troubled backgrounds, such as being exposed to gangs and abuse. The visit was part of Prince Harry’s Lesotho and South African tour. He was accompanied by Professor Ruben Richards at the center, who is an expert in gang culture and oversees one of the programs for the affected boys.
When Professor Richards asked the teens at the center if they knew who Prince Harry was, the boys were clueless on the young royal’s identity. This had the royal prince laughing as he jokingly told the teens, “That's the right answer!"
He went on to introduce himself, "My name is Prince Harry, the Queen of England's grandson, Princess Diana's son. I've come all the way from England to see you guys. I'm interested to hear all your stories."
The royal prince also talked about avoiding being involved in gangs and how important it is to have a positive role model in life. Prince Harry even mentioned how he has a “cool” older brother in Prince William.
"If you've got an older brother that's not into gangs,” he told the teen boys. “That's a huge positive. Older brothers are supposedly the cool ones. I'm a younger brother but I'm much cooler than my older brother."
This prompted Professor Richards to tease Prince Harry, telling the royal prince that he won’t say anything about him being “much cooler” to Prince William. However, Prince Harry jokingly told the professor that his brother already knows it. He said, "That's alright. He knows it."
Apart from visiting the Ottery Youth Center, Prince Harry also participated in a Grassroots Soccer initiative held in the Khayekitsha township, The Sun reported. The program aims to teach children necessary life skills, gender equality and raise HIV/AIDs awareness through football. It was during this visit that Prince Harry met Sinentlantla Jacobs, a four year old girl who became besotted with the royal prince. Prince Harry spent some time playing with Jacobs and the young girl even held onto his hand as she followed him around. The little girl became devastated and was crying when a staff member came to take away.
Prince Harry is expected to end his African tour on Dec. 2.