Here is a look at the life of Britain’s Prince Harry.
PersonalBirth date: September 15, 1984 Birth place: London, England at St. Mary’s Hospital, PaddingtonBirth name: Henry Charles Albert David Read MoreFather: Charles, the Prince of Wales Mother: Diana, the Princess of Wales Marriage: Rachel Meghan (Markle) Windsor (May 19, 2018-present)Children: Archie HarrisonEducation: Eton College, 1998-2003; Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, 2005Military: British Army, 2011-2015, CaptainOther FactsMilitary name is Captain Harry Wales.Is referred to as Prince Harry or Duke of Sussex.Founder of the Invictus Games, an international sporting competition for injured servicemen and women. The first games were held in London in 2014.TimelineDecember 21, 1984 – Is christened Prince Henry Charles Albert David at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, by the Archbishop of Canterbury.September 6, 1997 – Attends his mother’s funeral.November 1997 – Accompanies his father to South Africa, where he meets President Nelson Mandela, goes on a safari, and meets the pop group the Spice Girls. January 2002 – A confession of heavy drinking and marijuana use when he was 16, prompts his father to send him to the drug rehab center, Phoenix House UK, for a day. September 15, 2002 – For his 18th birthday, Harry receives his official coat of arms as a birthday present from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. May 18, 2003 – Is promoted to cadet officer, the highest rank in the Combined Cadet Corps. January 2005 – Pictures surface of him wearing a Nazi uniform to a costume party. He apologizes days later.May 2005 – Begins military training at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy.September 15, 2005 – Replaces his uncle Edward, the Earl of Wessex, as a Counsellor of State. As a counsellor, Prince Philip and four adult members of the royal family in the line of succession, are to carry out the duties of the Queen in her absence.December 12, 2006 – Prince William and Harry announce their plans for a concert and memorial service to mark the 10th anniversary of their mother’s death. The Concert for Diana is held on July 1, 2007, and features Elton John and Duran Duran. The memorial service takes place on August 31.April 12, 2006 – Graduates from Sandhurst as a 2nd lieutenant. April 2006 – Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho co-found a charity to help Lesotho’s AIDS orphans. The organization is named Sentebale, which means “forget me not” in the language of Lesotho.February 2007 – The British Ministry of Defense announces that Harry will be deployed to Iraq with his army unit. May 16, 2007 – Sir Richard Dannatt, the chief of the general staff, announces that Harry will not deploy to Iraq because of several threats against him.February 28, 2008 – The British Ministry of Defense announces that Harry has secretly been serving in Afghanistan with his Army unit on a four-month mission since December 2007. The next day, he is withdrawn from Afghanistan for security reasons. May 5, 2008 – Princess Anne presents Harry and his unit, the Household Cavalry Regiment, with the Operational Service Medal for their time in Afghanistan.May 2009 – During his first official visit to the United States, Harry visits Ground Zero and leaves a wreath of flowers with a signed note.May 7, 2010 – Completes the Army Pilots Course and receives his provisional “wings.”July 2010 – Begins Apache helicopter training with the Army Air Corps.March 29-April 5, 2011 – Accompanies the Walking with the Wounded Expedition to the North Pole.April 14, 2011 – Is promoted to captain and qualifies as an Apache helicopter pilot.October 2011 – Trains in the California and Arizona deserts with Apache helicopters during Exercise Crimson Eagle.August 21, 2012 – TMZ posts photos of the prince partying nude in a Las Vegas hotel. A few days later, British tabloid The Sun publishes the photos.September 7, 2012 – Harry arrives in Afghanistan to begin serving a 20-week deployment as an Apache helicopter pilot. He returns home in January 2013.May 9-16, 2013 – A week-long official visit to the United States begins in Washington, DC and ends in Greenwich, Connecticut. During his stay the prince meets with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House, plays volleyball in Colorado Springs with wounded veterans and tours areas stricken by Hurricane Sandy with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.December 13, 2013 – Harry and a trekking team made up of servicemen and women reach the South Pole as part of a charity event. January 2014 – Begins a new Army position as a Staff Officer (SO3). He also remains with the Household Cavalry Regiment based in London as a commissioned officer.September 2014 – Turns 30. The terms of Princess Diana’s will state that her 1981 wedding gown is to be given to Prince William and Prince Harry on this date.June 19, 2015 – Kensington Palace announces that Harry has ended his career with the Army. August 22, 2015 – Harry joins the inaugural “Walk of Britain” to raise awareness for wounded warriors. The Walk begins in Aberdeen, Scotland and ends at Buckingham Palace, a trek of 1,000 miles.April 16, 2017 – In an interview with the Telegraph newspaper, Harry reveals that he sought mental health counseling in 2013 to help him cope with ongoing emotional issues rooted in the sudden death of his mother. November 27, 2017 – Engagement to American actress Meghan Markle is announced. Photos: Royal romance: Harry and Meghan Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the annual Commonwealth Day service at London’s Westminster Abbey on March 9. This marked the couple’s final engagement as senior members of the royal family.Hide Caption 1 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanMeghan and Harry attend the Endeavour Fund Awards in London on March 5.Hide Caption 2 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanMeghan and Harry visit the Canada House in London on January 7. The couple announced the next day that they would be stepping back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family.Hide Caption 3 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanMeghan and Harry visit a community center in Windsor, England, in November 2019.Hide Caption 4 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanThe couple attends the annual Festival of Remembrance in November 2019.Hide Caption 5 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanHarry and Meghan attend a pre-ceremony reception for the WellChild Awards in October 2019.Hide Caption 6 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanMeghan is photographed during a royal tour of South Africa in October 2019.Hide Caption 7 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanArchbishop Desmond Tutu kisses Archie, Meghan and Harry’s son, in September 2019.Hide Caption 8 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanHarry and Meghan dance during their royal tour of South Africa in September 2019.Hide Caption 9 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanMeghan holds Archie during the South African tour.Hide Caption 10 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanHarry and Meghan greet singer Beyoncé and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, as they attend the European premiere of the film “The Lion King” in July 2019.Hide Caption 11 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanNew York Yankees manager Aaron Boone presents the couple with a jersey for Archie before a Major League Baseball game in London in June 2019.Hide Caption 12 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanQueen Elizabeth II looks at her new great-grandchild, Archie, in May 2019. Prince Philip is on the far left. Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, is next to her at right.Hide Caption 13 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanMeghan and Harry present their newborn son at Windsor Castle in May 2019.Hide Caption 14 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanMeghan and Harry walk past tapestries during a visit to Rabat, Morocco, in February 2019.Hide Caption 15 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanMeghan and Harry attend a Christmas Day church service in December 2018. With them, from left, are Prince Charles; Prince William; and William’s wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Harry and William are the two sons of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.Hide Caption 16 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanMeghan and Harry cheer on sailors during the Invictus Games in Australia in October 2018.Hide Caption 17 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanThe couple talks to members of OneWave, an awareness group for mental health and well-being, in Sydney in October 2018.Hide Caption 18 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanMeghan and Harry pose with the cast and crew of the musical “Hamilton” after a performance in London in August 2018. Harry gave those in the theater something to remember after breaking into mock-song at the end of the show. The show was held to raise money for his HIV charity, Sentebale.Hide Caption 19 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanMembers of the royal family watch a flyover during a July 2018 event marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force. From left are Prince Charles; Prince Andrew; Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Queen Elizabeth II; Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex; Prince Harry; Prince William; and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.Hide Caption 20 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanMeghan and Harry attend the Royal Ascot horse races in June 2018.Hide Caption 21 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanThe couple poses with family members after getting married in May 2018.Hide Caption 22 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanJust after getting married, the newlyweds wave during their carriage procession in Windsor, England. Zoom in for a closer lookHide Caption 23 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanThe couple watches Coach Core apprentices take part in a training exercise in Birmingham, England, in March 2018. The Coach Core apprenticeship scheme was designed by the Royal Foundation to train young people to become sports coaches and mentors within their communities.Hide Caption 24 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanHarry and Meghan join Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, during a Royal Foundation Forum in February 2018.Hide Caption 25 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanThe couple watches a dance class during a visit to Cardiff, Wales, in January 2018.Hide Caption 26 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanThe couple meets well-wishers during an appearance in London in January 2018.Hide Caption 27 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanA shop worker in Windsor, England, adjusts memorabilia celebrating the engagement of Harry and Meghan. Their engagement was announced in November 2017.Hide Caption 28 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanMeghan flashed her engagement ring to reporters during a November 2017 photo call. The ring, designed by Harry, featured a large diamond from Botswana and two smaller outer diamonds from the personal collection of Harry’s late mother.Hide Caption 29 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanThis engagement photo was released by Kensington Palace.Hide Caption 30 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanMeghan and Harry made their first public appearance as a couple at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September 2017. The pair were introduced in July 2016 by mutual friends in London.Hide Caption 31 of 32 Photos: Royal romance: Harry and MeghanHarry and Meghan embrace at a polo match in May 2017.Hide Caption 32 of 32May 19, 2018 – The Queen confers Dukedom on Prince Harry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.May 19, 2018 – Marries Markle at St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. April 10, 2019 – It is announced that Harry and Oprah Winfrey are partnering on a multi-part documentary series focusing on mental health. The series is set to air on the Apple TV platform in 2020. May 6, 2019 – Duchess Meghan gives birth to the couple’s first child, a son weighing 7 lbs., 3 oz. The baby is named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.October 4, 2019 – Harry files claims against the owners of The Sun and The Daily Mirror tabloids for allegedly hacking his phone. This comes days after he publishes an online statement denouncing the ‘bullying’ British media, accusing the Mail on Sunday tabloid of unlawfully editing, then publishing a private letter written by his wife, Meghan.January 8, 2020 – Harry and Meghan announce that they are stepping back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family and plan to work toward becoming “financially independent” and to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America. January 18, 2020 – The Queen issues a statement announcing that Harry and Meghan will no longer be working members of the royal family. Along with stepping away from official royal duties and ceasing the use of public funds, the couple will no longer use the titles of His and Her Royal Highness.March 9, 2020 – Harry and Meghan attend the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. This is their final engagement as senior members of the royal family. May 2020 – Harry introduces a special edition of an animated program about “Thomas the Tank Engine.” The episode, “Thomas & Friends: The Royal Engine,” features animations of the Queen and Prince Charles as a child.
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