Prince Harry: Sometimes I Want Kids 'Now,' and Other Times 'I've Been Put Off Having Children' – But Not by George and Charlotte!

Prince Harry Opens Up About Wanting Kids
Prince Harry holding a baby in the Leorani Village in Nepal during his visit in March 2016.
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05/04/2016 AT 11:00 AM EDT

In an intimate interview, Prince Harry speaks to PEOPLE about wanting kids, bringing his Invictus Games to America and how his mother, Princess Diana, continues to inspire him. Subscribe now for an inside look into how the royal is finding his purpose, exclusively in PEOPLE!

For Prince Harry, children are the "upgrade of us," so it makes it doubly important to make sure they are always involved in what he does.

The prince, who set up his children's charity Sentebale in Lesotho, Africa, more than a decade ago, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue that whatever he and his brother Prince William and Princess Kate are doing, they hope to bring in the next generation.

"All the amazing things that are going to happen in the future, it's all going to be them," says the royal, 31, in an exclusive interview just before heading to the U.S. to bring his Invictus Games in Orlando. "I never want to lose touch with that generation."

To read the full interview with Prince Harry, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

As for having kids of his own, he says, "There have been moments through life, especially when we do a tour abroad, when I think, 'I'd love to have kids now.' . . . And then there are other times when I bury my head in the sand going, 'All right, don't need kids!' There's no rush. I think . . . I tell you what: There's been times I've been put off having children."

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Not, however, when it comes to his own niece and nephew, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

"No, actually, I've got a couple of mates and being around their children just brings me back down," he says, noting that he hopes to be a "fun uncle" to George and Charlotte: "Nobody wants to be boring."

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Tickets for the Orlando Games can be purchased on the official games site.

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