Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, is a member of the British royal family. Prince Harry came into limelight for his relationship with actress Meghan Markle. Likewise, Prince William was made Duke of Sussex. Duke of Sussex is one of the six current royal dukedoms in the UK.
Table of Biography
Prince Harry is 35 years old. He was born on 15 September 1984 at 4:20 pm in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. He is the second child of Charles, Prince of Wales—heir apparent to Queen Elizabeth II—and Late Diana, Princess of Wales. His birth name is Henry Charles Albert David. He has an elder brother, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. His birth name is Henry Charles Albert David.
Likewise, he belongs to British nationality and ethnicity of English. His official title is Prince Henry of Wales. After enduring the death of his mother in 1997, he occasionally acted out and found himself in the tabloids. Those were embarrassing events. Prince Harry embarked on a decade-long stint in the military in 2005, seeing active service time in Afghanistan, and involved in numerous charitable causes.
As the second son of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Prince Harry is currently sixth in line to the English throne, behind his father, older brother William and William’s three children. He grew up under intense media scrutiny, having his personal tragedies as well as his antics and gaffes as the subject of numerous news reports.
His mother once described Prince Harry as “very artistic and sporty.” At an early age, he developed an interest in riding and hunting. While the family lived in Kensington Palace during the week, they often spent the weekends at Highgrove House, their family’s estate in Gloucestershire.
Their mother strove to give both her sons “as normal a life as possible” despite their privileged position in British society. To this end, Prince Harry attended Mrs. Mynors’ nursery school in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood. Princess Diana also took Prince Harry and his brother to amusement parks, fast-food restaurants and other places frequented by other children their age.
The tragic death of his mother, Princess Diana
Following Princess Diana’s shocking death from a car accident on August 31, 1997, Prince Harry remained at Balmoral for several days, mourning in seclusion with his family. He then traveled to London with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and his brother, to prepare for Princess Diana’s funeral.
On September 6, 1997, Prince Harry walked past thousands of people who had gathered to say goodbye to the woman many had dubbed “the people’s princess.” He trailed behind his mother’s coffin in the funeral procession along with his brother, father, and grandfather, Prince Phillip.
After the service, Prince Harry and other family members traveled to Althorp, his mother’s family estate in Northampton owned by his uncle Charles, the 9th Earl of Spencer. His mother’s body was laid to rest on an island in the middle of a lake on the grounds there.
Struggling with this tremendous loss, Prince Harry suffered from nightmares about his mother’s death for a time, according to Christopher Andersen’s Diana’s Boys. He returned to Ludgrove a short time after the funeral. During his next school break, Prince Harry traveled with his father to Botswana and South Africa. The trip lifted his spirit and gave him a chance to mingle with the members of the Spice Girls pop group during a concert there.
In 1989, Prince Harry enrolled at the Wetherby School, where his older brother William was already a student. He then followed his brother to the Ludgrove School, a boarding school in Berkshire, in 1992. Around this time, in December 1996, his parents divorced.
After the separation, Prince Harry and Prince William spent their school holidays dividing their time between their parents. They spent time at Highgrove with their father, enjoying outdoor pursuits, as well as going on official trips and vacations abroad. With their mother, they engaged in a variety of activities from going on tropical holidays to visiting AIDS clinics and homeless shelters.
Challenges faced during teenage
Back at school, Prince Harry faced some academic challenges. It was decided that he would spend an extra year at Ludgrove before applying to Eton College. All of his extra efforts paid off, as he passed the entrance exam with flying colors. He began his studies there in 1998.
That same year, Prince Harry and Prince William demonstrated their cheeky sense of humor. It was a surprise 50th birthday party for their father. The party featured some comedy sketches poking fun at Prince Charles. Actors Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, and Emma Thompson were all part of the act. Around this time, the princes also met their future stepmother Camilla Parker Bowles — the woman that their father had been involved with on and off for years.
Like some other teenagers, Prince Harry liked to party. He reportedly engaged in underage drinking—sometimes at a pub and at Highgrove—and tried smoking marijuana during the summer of 2001. In January 2002, reports of the prince’s illegal activities made tabloid headlines. Prince Harry admitted his misdeeds to his father, who made the young royal visit a South London rehabilitation center to see firsthand the dangers associated with drug use.
In 2003, Prince Harry graduated from Eton. He spent some time traveling through Australia, Argentina and Africa after finishing school. An avid polo player, Prince Harry participated in the Young England versus Young Australia Polo Match Test in Australia.
He became involved in charity work while visiting Lesotho in southern Africa, working at a home for orphans of AIDS victims. To promote awareness of the problems there, he created a documentary called The Forgotten Kingdom: Prince Harry in Lesotho. The film helped raise approximately $2 million for the British Red Cross Lesotho Fund.
Professional life and Career
On 8 May 2005, Harry entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. There he got named as Officer Cadet Wales and joined the Alamein Company. In April 2006, he completed his officer training and was commissioned as a Cornet (second lieutenant) in the Blues and Royals, a regiment of the Household Cavalry in the British Army. On 13 April 2008, when he reached two years’ seniority, he promoted to lieutenant. He is the first member of the royal family to serve as an army.
Likewise, he made an appearance in different sectors as public role activities. He visited Nepal in March 2016. Further, he stayed extra days until the end of March 2016 to help rebuild a secondary school with Team Rubicon UK and also visited a Hydropower Project in Central Nepal.
He also involved in many awareness campaigns regarding the Natural environment and climate change, HIV/AIDS. Harry and his wife’s new charity registered in England and Wales under the title “Sussex Royal The Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex“.
Achievements and Net Worth
Prince Harry has received Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan, and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Prince Harry has collected a decent sum of money. His estimated net worth is around $40 million.
Prince Harry began dating actress Meghan Markle, star of the television show Suits, in 2016. The duottending the Invictus Games in Toronto, where Suits is filmed. In November of that year, Kensington Palace issued a statement confirming their relationship. The statement also requested privacy and respect for the couple after Markle had been subjected to racist and sexist attacks on social media, as well as harassment by paparazzi.
On November 27, 2017, it was revealed that Prince Harry and Markle had secretly gotten engaged earlier in the month. An official announcement said the two would marry the following spring and move to Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace in London. Later, the couple married on May 19, 2018, in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
News of the engagement was greeted with enthusiasm by other members of the royal family. Prince Charles and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh all declared they were “delighted” at the announcement, while Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, said they were “very excited for Harry and Meghan,” adding, “It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”
In March 2018, the Daily Mail reported that Prince Harry would not sign a prenuptial agreement. According to a source, “There was never any question in Harry’s mind that he would sign a prenup. He’s determined that his marriage will be a lasting one, so there’s no need for him to sign anything.” Additionally, prenups were not considered to be legally binding in the United Kingdom, though judges were known to take them into consideration during divorce trials.
Royal Wedding and Baby
In April, Kensington Palace issued a statement that said no formal invitations would be issued to political leaders for the big day, thereby breaking with a longstanding tradition at British royal weddings. A New York Times source at the Palace said that 600 friends and family members would be invited, based on capacity at St. George’s Chapel, and that another 1,200 members of the public would join Prince Harry and his bride at Windsor Castle to celebrate.
Prince William was the Prince Harry’s best man at the wedding. Harry had filled that role at his big brother’s wedding in 2011.
With his marriage at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018, the Queen officially conferred her grandson with the title Duke of Sussex, as well as the additional titles Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.
That October, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were expecting their first child the following spring. On May 6, 2019, their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, arrived at 5:26 a.m. He is seventh in line to the British throne.
Moreover, previously he has dated Chelsy Davy, the daughter of Zimbabwean, South Africa-based businessman Charles Davy. But had parted ways after knowing each other for 5 years. In May 2012, he also dated Cressida Bonas, granddaughter of Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe, by his cousin Princess Eugenie.
Vegas Photo Scandal
In August 2012, Prince Harry was back in the tabloids. It was after nude photos of the royal had been leaked to the public. The images of the prince were taken during a private party in a hotel room in Las Vegas. He and his friends reportedly were playing a game of strip billiards.
The photos of the partying prince ran in Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun, but most other papers in England declined to run them. While the story dominated the headlines for a short time, the scandal seemed to have no lasting impact on his public image.
One of his first public appearances after the scandal was at the WellChild Awards in London, where he received a warm welcome. Prince Harry serves a patron to WellChild, a charity dedicated to supporting sick children and their families. He even joked in his speech that he was “never shy in coming forward,” according to BBC News.
Trip to Africa and Documentary
In late September 2019, Harry, Meghan, and baby Archie undertook an eventful 10-day trip to Africa. At one point, Harry retraced his mother’s steps through a minefield in Angola. It was just months before her death. On the final day of the tour, the royal couple announced they were suing the Mail on Sunday for publishing a private letter Meghan wrote to her father.
With a film crew in tow to produce the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, the prince revealed to his interviewer that he thought of his mother whenever facing the flashing cameras of the press.
He also acknowledged the rumors that he and William weren’t as close as they’d once been. However, he downplayed the notion of a major rift between them. He said, “We’re certainly on different paths at the moment. But I will always be there for him. And as I know he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy. But I love him dearly.”
Stepping Back From Royal Duties
On January 8, 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped the bombshell news. They planned to “step back” from their senior roles in the royal family and work to become “financially independent.”
“It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America. Continuing to honor our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.” They wrote this in a joint statement on Instagram.
“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born. While also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter. Including the launch of our new charitable entity.”
A few days later, Buckingham Palace released a statement that addressed several details of the new arrangement. It included confirmation that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would no longer receive public funds for royal duties. They also wouldn’t use the honorific His/Her Royal Highness styling.
The couple would be continuing their work with private patronages. They also could use Frogmore Cottage as their U.K. home. However, the couple agreed to repay the Sovereign Grant for recent renovations.
Prince Harry has an amazing personality and a stunning body. He has a height of 6 feet 1.25 inches tall and weighs around 86 kg. His body measurements are chest size is 44inches, bicep size is 15 inches, and waist size is 36 inches. His shoe size and dress size are unknown. Moreover, he has red hair and blue eyes. Prince Harry is not socially active on media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.