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Prince Harry
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Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games in Canada
Born 15 September 1984 (1984-09-15) (age 36)
St Mary's Hospital, London
Meghan Markle (m. 2018)
Issue Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
Full name
Henry Charles Albert David
House House of Windsor
Father Charles, Prince of Wales
Mother Diana, Princess of Wales
Religion Church of England

Prince Henry of Wales (Henry Charles Albert David; born 15 September 1984), formerly known as Prince Harry, is a member of the British royal family. He is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and is sixth in the line of succession to the British throne.

Harry was educated at schools in the United Kingdom and spent parts of his gap year in Australia and Lesotho. He then chose a military career and underwent officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was commissioned as a cornet (i.e. second lieutenant) into the Blues and Royals, serving temporarily with his brother, Prince William, and completed his training as a troop leader.

In 2007–08, he served for over ten weeks in Helmand, Afghanistan, but was pulled out after an Australian magazine revealed his presence there. He returned to Afghanistan for a 20-week deployment in 2012–13 with the Army Air Corps. He left the army in June 2015.

Harry launched the Invictus Games in 2014, and remains patron of its Foundation. He also gives patronage to several other organisations, including the HALO Trust, the London Marathon Charitable Trust, and Walking With The Wounded.

On 27 November 2017, it was announced that Prince Harry was engaged to marry former American actress Meghan Markle. Their wedding was held on 19 May 2018.

The couple's son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, was born on 6 May 2019.

In January 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they will be reducing their royal duties, and balancing their time between Great Britain and North America.

Engagement and marriage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Harry and Meghan in 2017

On 8 November 2016, Kensington Palace confirmed that Prince Harry was "a few months" into a relationship with American actress Meghan Markle, in a statement from the prince asking for the "abuse and harassment" of Markle and her family to end. In September 2017, they made their first public appearance together at an official royal engagement at the opening ceremonies of the Invictus Games in Toronto.

On 27 November 2017, Clarence House and Kensington Palace both announced that Prince Harry and Markle were engaged. The engagement ring was made by Cleave & Co and consists of three diamonds, two of which were taken from the jewelry collection of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales; the large central stone was sourced by Harry in Botswana, a place the couple have spent time together. In the couple's engagement interview, Meghan revealed they were having a quiet night at home, 'roasting chicken' when the Prince got down on one knee.

The couple were married at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 19 May 2018.

The Duke and Duchess lived at Nottingham Cottage in London, in the grounds of Kensington Palace. The couple later moved to Frogmore Cottage in the Home Park of Windsor Castle. Their office was moved to Buckingham Palace.

On 6 May 2019, the couple welcomed their first child - Archie Mountbatten-Windsor - he is seventh in line to the throne.


Prince Harry's ancestors in three generations
Prince Harry of Wales Father:
Charles, Prince of Wales
Paternal Grandfather:
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Princess Alice of Battenberg
Paternal Grandmother:
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Paternal Great-grandfather:
George VI of the United Kingdom
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Diana, Princess of Wales
Maternal Grandfather:
John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer,
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Cynthia Hamilton
Maternal Grandmother:
Frances Burke Roche
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Maurice Burke Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Ruth Gill

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