He’s been one of the world’s most famous and recognizable figures since he was born on September 15, 1984, but just how well do you actually know Prince Harry? From photo scandals to charity work, find out how the young royal has gone from wild child to model young man.
He dressed up as a Nazi
Harry made world headlines in 2005 when he showed up to a « colonials and natives » party dressed like a Nazi soldier. Much to the embarrassment of the Royal Family, photos of Harry’s ill-advised costume were splashed across the front page of British tabloid The Sun under the headline « Harry the Nazi. »
Naturally, the press had a field day with the scandal, forcing Harry to quickly apologize for his snafu. « I’m very sorry if I have caused any offense, » he said in a statement. « It was a poor choice of costume, and I apologize. »
To add even more insult to injury, the scandal came just two weeks before the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
His partying triggered a major scandal
In 2012, Harry found himself at the center of another media scandal after nude photos of the young Prince were leaked to TMZ. The pictures were allegedly snapped during a game of strip billiards inside Harry’s VIP suite in Las Vegas, where the prince had been partying with friends and a group of girls they met at the hotel bar.
Harry finally addressed the scandal about five months later, expressing remorse for his actions but also frustration that the photos were leaked in the first place. « I probably let myself down, » he told the press (via TMZ). « I let my family down, I let other people down…[It was a] classic example of me probably being too much army and not enough prince. »
« At the end of the day, I was in a private area and there should be a certain amount of privacy, » he added. « The way I was treated…I don’t think is acceptable. »
He’s not that interested in dating
If you’re still dreaming about marrying Harry, you might have to wait awhile. Speaking to the Sunday Times in May 2016, the 31 year old admitted that the public and media’s obsession with his love life has put a damper on his desire to settle down.
« If or when I do find a girlfriend, I will do my utmost…to ensure that me and her can get to the point where we’re actually comfortable with each other before the massive invasion that is inevitably going to happen into her privacy, » he said (via People magazine). « The other concern is that even if I talk to a girl, that person is then suddenly my wife, and people go knocking on her door. » He continued: « There is very little private life. I’m not putting work before the idea of a family, marriage and all that kind of stuff. To be fair, I haven’t had that many opportunities to get out there and meet people. At the moment, my focus is very much on work. But if someone slips into my life then that’s absolutely fantastic. »
Harry was previously linked to attorney and jewelry designer Chelsy Davy, followed by socialite Cressida Bonas. He split from Bonas in 2014.
He’s in no rush to have kids
With relationships on the back burner, it should come as little surprise that Harry isn’t in a rush to have kids, either.
« There have been moments through life, especially when we do a tour abroad, when I think, ‘I’d love to have kids now,' » he told People. « 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. »
He admits he is looking forward to the day when he can finally call himself a father. « I can’t wait for the day. So, you know, it will be fantastic, » he told Good Morning America in 2016. « I’ve got a kid inside of me. I want to keep that. I adore kids. I enjoy everything that they bring to the party. They just say what they think. »
He served in the military
Prince Harry concluded his service with the British Army in June 2015, capping off an impressive career that spanned 10 years. Harry served two tours in Afghanistan—first in 2007; then again in 2012—and climbed the ranks to become an Apache Aircraft Commander. « The prince has had a fulfilling military career and considers it a huge honor to have served his country in the Armed Forces, » Kensington Palace said in a statement (via the Today show).
Upon concluding his service, Harry said he planned to focus on his charity work and helping wounded service members.
He’s done a lot of charity work
Prince Harry has launched and supported numerous charities over the years. In 2006, he co-founded Sentebale, an organization that « supports orphans and vulnerable children, many of whom are affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, » according to its website. « Through education, psychosocial support, and care we give them the tools they need to lead healthy and productive lives. »
In 2014, Harry also created the Invictus Games, a sporting event created « to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, » according to its website. The 2016 Games, held in Orlando, Fla. received a wide-range of coverage and support, including accolades from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
He hopes he’s making his mom proud
Prince Harry’s charitable work hearkens back to the great efforts made by his late mother, Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997. « All I want to do is make my mother incredibly proud, » he told People magazine in 2016. « That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. »
« When she died, there was a gaping hole, not just for us but also for a huge amount of people across the world, » he said. « If I can try and fill a very small part of that, then job done. I will have to, in a good way, spend the rest of my life trying to fill that void as much as possible. And so will William. »
« I know I’ve got a lot of my mother in me. I am doing a lot of things that she would probably do, » he said, adding, « I enjoy what I do. But I don’t do things because I feel as though my mother would want me to do them. »