Prince Harry admitted he sometimes wishes he were "normal" - and suggested his royal duties can be off-putting to women.
Harry gave an interview to CBS News at the end of his 10-day tour to the Caribbean and Brazil to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Asked if royalty lived up to the fairytale, Harry told the US broadcaster: "No, not at all. As any girl would ever tell you.
"It's sort of, 'Oh my God, he's a prince'. But no. The job that it entails - I mean look at me, I'm 27 years old, and not so much searching for someone to fulfil the role, but obviously, you know, finding someone that would be willing to take it on."
During his interview he also spoke of the responsibility that comes with his royal status.
He admitted his title can make a "huge difference" to a country or charity, but added: "There's a lot of times that both myself and my brother wish, obviously, that we were just completely normal.
"We've been born into this position and therefore we'll do what we need to do to people and to kids that need it.
"It really is that simple for us."
Asked how he might privately mark his grandmother's milestone this year, he said: "When I get back, I'm sure ideas will start flowing.
"Us, as a group of grandchildren, will hopefully be able to have a dinner and do something fun with her, maybe take her out on the town, I don't know."
Earlier this week, Harry announced ambitious plans to expand the work of his Sentebale charity from helping disadvantaged children in a single African country to carrying out projects worldwide.
The royal said once his organisation was ready for the challenge he wanted to take its concept to other nations.
The charity works supporting established groups, charities and bodies in the southern African country of Lesotho with funds or managerial help.