As someone born into royalty, being under the public eye seems to be part of the job. The world has been watching Prince Harry’s every move even before his birth. He has definitely grown under the limelight and has transformed from a cute baby to a royal wild child to a doting husband and father.
Let’s not forget when he and his wife, Meghan Markle, caused quite a stir within the royal family and across the globe for leaving their official positions as senior royals. Moreover, their decision to move to Los Angeles and tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey has added to the criticisms they faced.
To understand how Prince Harry went from Duke to your ordinary California resident, let’s look through history:
An Adorable Kid
In 1984, Prince Harry made his debut to the public when his mum, Princess Diana, posed for reporters outside the hospital just hours after giving birth. He immediately captured the hearts of the masses with his adorable ‘80s style, including gingham overalls to crisp, white polo shirts. When he was about four years old, he started to show his playful personality as he stuck his tongue out while his mum carried him. The moment was captured in a 1988 photo and continues to be remembered to this day.
At 12, he would experience his first devastating heartbreak when Princess Diana died. Photos of him and his brother, Prince William, walking behind the coffin at the funeral were tear-jerking.
Royal Wild Child
In typical teenager fashion, he also had his fair share of rebellions. While his brother was deemed the ultimate Prince Charming, Prince Harry was dubbed “the royal wild child.” At 17, he got into trouble smoking weed, and tabloids alleged that he was “sent to rehab.” Leading the palace to clarify that he had “experimented” but was not addicted to the substance.
He has had a scuffle with paparazzi outside a club through the years. He also received criticisms for the infamous Nazi outfit he wore at a costume party, to which he has apologized. In 2012, he was embroiled in another infamous headline when he and an unnamed woman were seen running around naked in a hotel. According to the BBC, he and his friends were playing strip billiards.
As Prince Harry entered his 30s, he has retired from a life of partying. During his royal wild child phase, he also served in the military. He was the first one in the royal family to serve in a war zone in over 25 years. Harry has admitted that he will never forget the experience and carry it for the rest of his life.
This might’ve propelled him to follow in his mother’s footsteps and start a charity. In 2014, he founded an international competition for injured service people named Invictus Games. Prior to that, he also co-founded a charity that supports children affected by HIV/AIDS in 2006 with Lesotho's Prince Seeiso.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first public appearance as a couple was actually during the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. However, they officially announced their relationship before they were spotted together in public.
Harry is seen as a devoted lover to Meghan, and they announced their engagement in November 2017, just months after their first public appearance. They then got married in Spring 2018.
Now, Prince Harry is enjoying life as a father and husband. They’ve been doing their thing and continuing their humanitarian efforts. The couple recently sent donations to charities in Ukraine, and they mourned the death of a martyr who once played in Invictus Games.
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