Prince Harry of Wales

Prince Harry in uniform as a Sandhurst officer cadet.
Prince Harry in uniform as a Sandhurst officer cadet.
British Royal Family

Prince Henry of Wales (Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor) (born September 15, 1984), colloquially known as Prince Harry, is the third in the line of succession to the British throne and the thrones of the other Commonwealth Realms, behind his father, the Prince of Wales, and his elder brother, Prince William of Wales. He is a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Harry is a Cornet in the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry of the British Army.

Birth and childhood

Prince Harry was born on September 15, 1984 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, in central London. His father is Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His mother is the late Diana, Princess of Wales, the former wife of the Prince of Wales, who died in 1997. He has an elder brother, Prince William. His full title is His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales.

He was christened on December 21, 1984 at St. George's Chapel Windsor Castle by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Robert Runcie. His godparents were: his uncle the Duke of York, Lady Sarah Chatto, Lady Vestey, Mrs William Bartholomew; the portrait painter, Mr. Bryan Organ; and Mr. Gerald Ward.

The prince's official family name is that of Windsor, according to his grandmother's royal proclamation of 1960, but some of the descendants of Queen Elizabeth II appear to utilize the surname Mountbatten-Windsor as personal preference.

Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

Prince Harry with his brother Prince William in an official portrait for William's 21st birthday
Prince Harry with his brother Prince William in an official portrait for William's 21st birthday

On August 31, 1997, Harry's mother died following in a car accident in Paris, with her companion Dodi Al-Fayed. Her death came days after she spent a holiday in southern France with William and Harry. The princes were staying at Balmoral Castle; it was Charles who awoke them and broke the news.

At Diana's funeral which was broadcast live throughout the world the princes, their father, grandfather Prince Philip, and uncle (the Earl Spencer) walked behind Diana's funeral cortege from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey. On Diana's coffin was a card from Harry, made out to Mummy. Cameras were barred from showing close up images of the princes during the service itself. Both princes have been praised for their strength shown on that day. During his eulogy, the Earl Spencer promised that the Spencer family would take an active interest in looking after Diana's children, although Harry has seen little of him since then or of Diana's mother before her death.

Education

Harry attended the Mrs. Jane Mynors's nursery school in West London, the same as William. He later followed his brother to the pre-prep Wetherby School, and later to Ludgrove School in Berkshire. He later attended Eton College in Berkshire. In June 2003, he completed his education at Eton with two A-levels in Geography and Art. At school, he developed his love of sport, particularly polo and rugby union. He has also participated in the Eton Wall Game.

After finishing Eton, Harry undertook a gap year, visiting Australia and Africa. In Australia he worked on a cattle station, and watched the 2003 Rugby World Cup being held in the country. In Africa, he worked in an orphanage in Lesotho. Later in the year he travelled to Argentina on holiday.

On May 8, 2005, the Prince entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. There he was known as Officer Cadet Wales instead of using his royal title, and was part of Alamein Company.

Royal duties

Styles of
HRH Prince Henry of Wales
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

In April 2006, Prince Harry launched a charity with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to aid children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The charity is named Sentebale: The Princes' Fund for Lesotho. Sentebale is a Sesotho word meaning forget-me-not. The name is meant to honor both princes' mothers: the former Princess of Wales, who died in 1997; and Queen 'MaMohato of Lesotho, who died in 2003. Prince Harry was in Lesotho to launch the charity and returned to Mants'ase Children's Home near Mohale's Hoek, which he visited in 2004 during his gap year.

Army

Prince Harry passed out as a newly commissioned officer during the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He will continue to use Wales as a last name and is now known in the Army as Cornet Wales.

In January 2006, Clarence House announced that Prince Harry will join the Blues and Royals, a regiment of the Household Cavalry, and train as a reconnaissance troop commander. Since then, it was reported that he was expected to deploy to Iraq in May 2007 as part of the 1st Mechanised Brigade of the 3rd (UK) Mechanised Division. The Blues and Royals would form part of the force patrolling the governorate of Maysan on the Iran-Iraq border.

Romances

Like it does for his brother, the media continues to speculate about any possible romantic attachments of Prince Harry, especially young women in his social circle (including Kristina Schwarz, the daughter of a British billionaire), and sometimes those he met in nightclubs. The prince's best known romance until now has been with Chelsy Davy (born 1985), a Zimbabwe-born heiress to an African ranching and real estate fortune. In an interview conducted for his twenty-first birthday in September 2005, Prince Harry referred to Chelsy as his girlfriend and the press reported that their relationship was at that time eighteen months old, strongly contradicting reports they were no longer a couple.

Style and arms

Coat of Arms of HRH Prince Harry of Wales
Coat of Arms of HRH Prince Harry of Wales

Prince Harry has the title of Prince of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with the style His Royal Highness.

On his 18th birthday, his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II granted Prince Harry his own personalised coat of arms, the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom with a label for difference: Quarterly, 1st and 4th Gules three Lions passant guardant in pale Or (England), 2nd Or a Lion rampant within a Double Tressure flory counterflory Gules (Scotland), 3rd Azure a Harp Or stringed Argent (Ireland), the whole differenced by a Label of five points Argent the first third and fifth points charged with an Escallop Gules.

Prince Harry's coat of arms has a label of five points, as the grandchild of the sovereign. The escallops (seashells) allude to his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, whose Spencer coat of arms includes three escallops argent.

Titles from birth


Preceded by:
Prince William of Wales
Line of Succession to the British Throne Succeeded by:
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
United Kingdom order of precedence
Gentlemen
Succeeded by:
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

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