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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
Prince Harry is the younger son of King Charles III and Diana, Princess of Wales.
He was born at 4.20pm on 15 September 1984 at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, in central London. He weighed 6lb 14oz.
On 21 December 1984, Prince Henry Charles Albert David was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
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After attending Mrs Mynors School, Prince Harry became a pupil at Wetherby School in London from September 1987.
In September 1992, Harry joined his older brother William at Ludgrove School in Berkshire.
He then attended Eton College from September 1998 where he took his GCSEs and A-Levels.
After completing his A-Levels, Prince Harry took a gap year during which he visited Australia, Argentina and Africa, where he made a documentary about the plight of orphans in Lesotho.
Prince Harry entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in May 2005.
He completed a 44-week training course as an Officer Cadet, before being commissioned in April 2006 as a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals).
During this period, Prince Harry co-founded the charity Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers to support orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho. ‘Sentebale’ is the Sotho word for ‘Forget me not’.
In February 2008 Prince Harry completed more than two months service with the British Army in Helmand province, Afghanistan, as a Forward Air Controller for NATO forces.
Prince Harry was promoted from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant in April 2008.
In January 2009 he began a two-and-a-half-year training course to become a fully operational, full-time Army Air Corps helicopter pilot. He remains an officer in the Household Cavalry during the training period.
Prince Harry was ‘best-man’ to his elder brother then Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on 29 April 2011 for his marriage to then Catherine (Kate) Middleton now Duchess of Cambridge.
Harry became an uncle for the first time in 2013 to Prince George of Cambridge, their son and again to Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
On 27 November 2017 then Prince Charles announced the engagement of his son Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle. Prince Harry designed the engagement ring himself using two diamonds from his mother, Princess Diana’s collection.
The wedding took place on 19th May 2018 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
On Monday 6th May 2019, Prince Harry and Meghan had a son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. A daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor arrived in 2021.
Public and Private Life
In March 2020 Harry formally stepped down from royal duties, effectively leaving the royal family to become financially independent and a private citizen. This became known in the British media as ‘Megxit’. At the time of writing, although the HRH was removed he retains his title The Duke of Sussex. He lives in California pursuing new private ventures as well as retaining some he had been involved with for a long time such as The Invictus Games.