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Prince Harry
Duke of Sussex (more)
Prince Harry smiling
The Duke of Sussex in 2019
Born Prince Henry of Wales
15 September 1984 (1984-09-15) (age 37)
St Mary's Hospital, London, England
Spouse
Meghan Markle (m. 2018)
Issue
Full name
Henry Charles Albert David
House Windsor
Father Charles, Prince of Wales
Mother Lady Diana Spencer
Education
Signature
Prince Harry's signature.svg
Military career
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  United Kingdom Army
Years of active service 2005–2015
Rank See list
Service number 564673
Unit
  • Blues and Royals
  • 662 Squadron
  • 3 Regiment
  • Army Air Corps
Battles/wars
Awards Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan


Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, KCVO (Henry Charles Albert David; born 15 September 1984) 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 Wetherby School, Ludgrove School, and Eton College. He spent parts of his gap year in Australia and Lesotho, then underwent officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was commissioned as a cornet into the Blues and Royals, serving temporarily with his brother William and completed training as a troop leader. In 2007–2008, he served for over ten weeks in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He returned to Afghanistan for a 20-week deployment in 2012–2013 with the Army Air Corps. In June 2015, he resigned from the army.

Harry launched the Invictus Games in 2014 and remains the patron of its foundation. He also gives patronage to several other organisations, including the HALO Trust and Walking With The Wounded. To encourage people to open up about their mental health issues, Harry, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, initiated the mental health awareness campaign "Heads Together" in April 2016.

In 2018, Harry was made Duke of Sussex prior to his wedding to American actress Meghan Markle. In January 2020, the couple stepped down as senior members of the royal family and moved to the Duchess's native Southern California. In October 2020, they launched Archewell Inc., an American public organisation that focuses on non-profit activities and creative media ventures. They have two children, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.

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.

On 14 February 2021, it was reported that the Duchess was "pregnant again".

Harry and his wife were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in a television special for CBS, broadcast on 7 March 2021. Meghan spoke about "stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood" and "how she is handling life under intense public pressure". Harry joined her later, and the pair talked about the initial difficulties associated with their move to the United States in 2020 and their plans for the future.

On 4 June 2021, their daughter Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor was born.

Harry is godfather to "five or six" children, including the daughters of Major Nicholas van Cutsem, the son of Hugh van Cutsem, and Jake Warren, his mother's godson, whose father is the Queen's horse racing manager. He became godfather to Charlie van Straubenzee's firstborn daughter in May 2020.

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The British royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace


Education

Like his father and brother, Harry was educated at independent schools. He started at London's Jane Mynors' nursery school and the pre-preparatory Wetherby School. Following this, he attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire. After passing entrance exams, he was admitted to Eton College. The decision to place Harry at Eton went against the past practice of the Mountbatten-Windsors to send children to Gordonstoun, which Harry's grandfather, father, two uncles, and two cousins had attended. It did, however, see Harry follow in his older brother's footsteps and the Spencer family, as both Diana's father and brother attended Eton.

In June 2003, Harry completed his education at Eton with two A-Levels, achieving a grade B in art and D in geography, having decided to drop history of art after AS level. He has been described as "a top tier athlete", having played competitive polo and rugby union. One of his former teachers, Sarah Forsyth, has asserted that he was a "weak student" and that staff at Eton conspired to help him cheat on examinations. Both Eton and Harry denied the claims. While a tribunal made no ruling on the cheating claim, it "accepted the prince had received help in preparing his A-level 'expressive' project, which he needed to pass to secure his place at Sandhurst." Harry also joined the Combined Cadet Force while studying at Eton and was made cadet officer in his final year, leading the corps' annual parade at the Eton tattoo.

After school, Harry took a gap year, during which he spent time in Australia working as a jackaroo on a cattle station, and participating in the Young England vs Young Australia Polo Test match. He also travelled to Lesotho, where he worked with orphaned children and produced the documentary film The Forgotten Kingdom.

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