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HRH Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

Prince Harry is the younger son of The Prince of Wales 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.

Military Life

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.

Private Life

Prince Harry was ‘best-man’ to his elder brother Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on 29 April 2011 for his marriage to 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.

On 27 November 2017 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.

Public Life

Prince Harry’s principal residences are at Clarence House in London and Highgrove in Gloucestershire.

A Household Office was set up at St James’s Palace, London, for Prince Harry and for his brother, Prince William, in January 2009 to reflect their growing public lives.

Prince Harry is currently Patron of several charities and organisations (including Sentebale) and he holds two honorary military appointments (in the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force).

His Royal Highness focuses much of his charitable activity around the Princes’ Charities Forum, a grouping of organisations with which he and his brother have close links and which assists in promoting ideas and joint initiatives to the benefit of all the members.

Prince Harry remains passionate about helping and inspiring those who have been affected by war and conflict as shown by his creation of and drive for the Invictus Games.

In April 2018 Prince Harry was appointed a Commonwealth youth ambassador, his highest-profile public role to date. The role, which will also include his wife, will see him encouraging young people to use and benefit from the organisation.

HRH Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex