Facts about Prince Harry
Prince Harry Biography
Prince Harry is the second son of Britain’s Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, and the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. He is commonly called by his nickname of Harry, though his birth name is Henry.
Prince Harry is fifth in line to the throne, after his father, his older brother Prince William, and William’s children Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Like William, Harry attended Wetherby and Ludgrove schools; in September of 1998 he entered Eton College. Prince Harry followed family tradition by entering the Sandhurst military academy in 2005; he graduated in April of 2006, becoming a second lieutenant in the British Army’s Household Cavalry.
The Army announced in February of 2008 that Harry had just completed 10 weeks of active duty in Afghanistan; for security reasons, his deployment there had been kept secret by an agreement between the government and the British press. Prince Harry has also founded his own charity, Sentebale, to help orphans and other young people in the African country of Lesotho. He returned to Afghanistan in 2012 as an Apache helicopter co-pilot and gunner. Prince Harry left the Army in 2015 after 10 years of military service, including two tours of duty in Afghanistan.
In later years he has devoted himself to royal duties, with a special interest in veterans’ affairs; he organized the first Invictus Games, an Olympic-style competition for wounded and disabled veterans, in 2014.
Prince Harry’s romance with American actress Meghan Markle began in 2016, and the couple announced their engagement on November 27, 2017. The pairing was unusual for the royal family: Markle was a divorcee, of mixed-race heritage, and three years older than Harry. The couple were married on May 19, 2018 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Early on his wedding day, Queen Elizabeth II made Harry the Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Meghan Markle’s title became Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex.
Kensington Palace announced on October 15, 2018 that the couple was pregnant with their first child: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.” The child, a son whom they named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born on May 6, 2019.
Prince Harry dated Chelsy Davy on and off from 2004 until about 2011. She is from Zimbabwe and was born in 1985… Prince Harry also dated actress and model Cressida Bonas from 2012-14… Prince Harry caused a ruckus in January of 2005 when he wore a Nazi uniform to a friend’s costume party and photos made their way into British newspapers… The Royal Family revealed in January 2002 that Prince Harry had smoked marijuana on at least one occasion during the previous summer; among other parental measures, Prince Charles sent him to visit a drug rehabilitation center for a day.