18 Things You Didn’t Know About Prince Harry

The former royal may frequently be in the spotlight, but he also has some secrets up his sleeve!

 

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He loves being a dad

Prince Harry expressed his desire for children even before his wife Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, became pregnant with their first child, Archie. Just months before he met Meghan, Harry told ABC News in 2016: “I can’t wait for the day, so it will be fantastic. I have a child inside of me. That, I want to keep. I love children. Everything they contribute to the party is enjoyable to me. They merely express their opinions. Harry adores his son Archie, and he and Meghan recently welcomed a daughter, Lilibet. Here is a simple chart that summarizes the entire royal family tree.

 

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He’s sought help for mental health

Prince Harry’s repressed grief was a manifestation of the trauma of losing his mother. In the 2017 documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, he said, “The first time I cried was at the funeral at the island [at her childhood home, Althorp] and since then maybe once, so there’s a lot of grief that still needs to be let out.” It was a typical instance of being told, “Don’t let yourself think about your mum and the grief and the hurt because it won’t bring her back and it’ll only make you more sad.” Harry, however, admitted to the Telegraph in a podcast that he was “very close to a complete breakdown” before seeking professional assistance. He claimed that having suppressed all of his emotions for the past 20 years since losing his mother when he was 12 had had a significant impact on both his personal and professional lives. Harry began talking openly about his own struggles to lessen the stigma surrounding mental health issues after finally realizing that he had to deal with his grief and anger. He has since continued this as part of the docuseries The Me You Can’t See, which he is producing with Oprah Winfrey.

 

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He wants to help others speak honestly about mental health

In the May 2021 release of the film The Me You Can’t See, Prince Harry expresses to Oprah his desire to use his notoriety and broad platform to make others who are struggling with mental health issues feel less isolated. He is aware of the privilege of his position and feels that the best way to utilize it is to demonstrate to others that people of all backgrounds can experience mental health issues. He provides resources in The Me You Can’t See for anyone going through a challenging time or who knows someone who is. It’s undoubtedly a significant improvement over his carefree, jovial prince persona. 14 ways Meghan Markle affected Prince Harry are listed below.

 

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He’s writing a memoir

The candor of Prince Harry shows no signs of slowing down. According to a press release from July 2021, Penguin Random House will release Harry’s “intimate and heartfelt” memoir in the latter half of 2022. The news has not been well received by the royal family, firstly because it will probably reveal some unflattering facts, much like his and Meghan’s Oprah interview, and secondly because its release will coincide with the Queen’s 70th Jubilee, which celebrates her 70 years as monarch. Harry—you do you! He has a history of flouting royal protocol.

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He secretly wed Meghan Markle days before their televised ceremony

Meghan and Prince Harry admitted that they were married before the legal ceremony at Windsor Castle in their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021. Three days before their televised wedding, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, married them in a private backyard ceremony. “This thing—this spectacle—is for the world, but we want our union between us,” Meghan said in the interview regarding the private ceremony. Here are some of Meghan and Harry’s marriage’s most memorable pictures (so far).

 

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He felt “trapped” as a member of the royal family

Prior to meeting Meghan, Prince Harry admitted in the Oprah interview that he felt trapped in the system as a member of the royal family. Harry declared, “My father, Prince Charles, and my brother, Prince William, are trapped.” They are unable to leave, and I feel a great deal of sympathy for them. Prince Charles is first in line and Prince William is second, placing Prince Harry as the sixth in line to the throne.

 

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He created a sports competition for veterans

The support of injured veterans is a cause close to Prince Harry’s heart, so he founded the Invictus Games as a sporting event to assist them in overcoming their physical and mental wounds. He told ABC News, “I’m lucky enough to watch someone who should be dead run the 100 meters. “You want to know what inspiration is? That’s most likely it. Nobody wants sympathy; all they want is a chance to demonstrate their worth, and that is what this is about. The fifth Invictus Games, which were originally scheduled to take place in 2020, will now start in May 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading more interesting facts about the British royal family.

 

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He’s a veteran himself

Prince Harry was known as “Captain Wales” during his ten years of service in the British military. When his covert deployment was made public, he was being held captive on the front lines of battle in Afghanistan but was removed for security reasons. I was really resentful,” he admitted to Newsweek. “I’ve never had a better escape than when I was in the army. I felt as though I had made real progress. He told ABC News that he was “broken” to have to leave his fellow soldiers behind. But a few years later, he did get to go back. In contrast to just being Prince Harry, he said, “I wanted to prove that I had a certain set of skills—for example, flying an Apache helicopter.” “When I was with them, I also felt like one of the guys and could forget that I was Prince Harry.” Following are some of the ways that Meghan and Harry’s wedding made history.

 

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He trekked to the South Pole

Together with 12 wounded service members from the UK, the US, and other countries in the British Commonwealth, the adventurous prince trekked 200 miles to the South Pole in 2013. After adverse weather made racing too risky, the expedition’s director decided to make it a team effort instead of the original competition between the nations. In a video from the South Pole that was published on BBC News, the prince declared, “Overall, mission success.” A similar 2011 expedition to the North Pole included Harry, who left early to attend his brother Prince William’s wedding.

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He hates Twitter

He told teenagers at a gathering, “I quite hate Twitter,” according to the Daily Mail. He wants to use the platform to raise awareness for his charitable endeavors, but he is concerned about “invasion of privacy” issues. It’s a fine line between what you should do and what you can do, and what other people want to know and what you don’t want them to know, he said. “I would love to tweet about things I care about, but it’s a fine line between what you should do and what you can do.” As of January 2021, he and his wife are no longer using any social media platforms. Harry has worn the same bracelet for years because of this.

 

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His name isn’t Harry

Royal admirers were shocked to learn that the Prince Harry they had watched his entire life wasn’t actually named Prince Harry, but (wait for it)…

Royal Henry! Prince Henry Charles Albert David is his full name. Henry has an oddly popular British nickname called Harry, which is how the public first learned about him. Intriguingly, if Harry were to ascend to the throne, he would become King Henry IX, the first monarch of that name since King Henry VIII beheaded his wife. These are the wackiest Meghan and Harry conspiracy theories.

 

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He doesn’t want to be king

Prince Harry was sixth in line to the throne, making it unlikely that he would ever wear the crown, which may be for the best since he appears to subscribe to the proverb “heavy is the head that wears it.” “Does anyone in the royal family desire to rule as king or queen? I doubt it, but we will carry out our responsibilities when it is appropriate, he told Newsweek. Despite having resigned from his position as king, he once remarked, “Even if I were king, I would do my own shopping.” And it turns out that Diana actually believed Harry would make a more effective king than William.

 

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He talked to his mother on the day she died

Who can ever forget the tragic image of the card addressed to “Mummy” sitting atop Princess Diana’s casket? In Diana, Our Mother, Prince Harry, who lost his mother when he was just 12 years old, recalled their last conversation. I never looked forward to calling my parents when I was a kid, he says. He hurried off her call from Paris in order to return to playing. “I will regret for the rest of my life how brief the phone call was, and the things I would have said to my mother if I had known that was the last time I was going to speak to her…how differently that conversation would have panned out had I had even the slightest inkling that her life was going to be taken that night.” Learn about the traits Princess Diana left for Prince Harry.

 

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He gives good hugs

Like his mother, Prince Harry is friendly and outgoing, and he also has a knack for giving great hugs. In Diana, Our Mother, he said, “She would just swallow you up and squeeze you as tight as she could.” He disclosed the same information about himself when speaking to ABC News. Everybody occasionally needs a hug, and as it happens, I’ve been complimented on my hugging skills repeatedly, he said. He and Meghan also have the same ability to hug. She reportedly responded, “I’m American—I hug,” when reprimanded for embracing people too frequently. The royal family members are required to abide by the following etiquette guidelines.

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It was love at first sight with Meghan

The fact that the prince, who had struggled for so long with his own demons after losing his mother, finally appeared content and happy when he married Meghan made royal watchers very happy. But for Harry, he recognized his future with Meghan from the moment they met on a blind date in 2016. After announcing their engagement, Harry was asked, “When did you know she was the one?,” and replied, “the very first time we met.” View these formerly unpublished images of the British royal family over the years.

 

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He feels at home in Africa

Just a few weeks after they met, Harry and Meghan’s love was cemented during a camping trip to Botswana, which he refers to as his “second home.” Additionally, Harry later acquired Meghan’s engagement diamond there. However, he told Town & Country that his love for Africa began much earlier, with his first visit there soon after his mother passed away. More than anywhere else in the world, he said, “this is where I feel like myself.” “I wish I could stay in Africa longer. I feel incredibly completely at ease and normal in this place. With his friend Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, Prince Harry founded the charity Sentebale, which means “forget me not,” to aid children affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty. Prince Harry has been involved in conservation work on the continent (a cause Diana also championed). Here is more information on the actual work that the British royal family members do.

 

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He doesn’t eat pizza

When Prince Harry revealed he doesn’t typically eat one of the world’s favorite comfort foods, fans were shocked. In 2017, Harry stated, “I don’t even eat pizza anymore, but I had pizza last night,” while at a Chicago school. He at least appeared to relish the unusual indulgence. He remarked, “We had thin crust and deep dish.” I’ll make sure to eat Chicago, I swear. Learn more about the royal family’s peculiar eating habits from their former personal chef.

 

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He picks up trash

Harry, despite growing up in a wealthy environment, is very conscious of his impact on the environment and has developed some very “green” habits. When you see something, you pick it up, he said in the BBC documentary Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70. “I used to get taken the mickey out of at school for picking up rubbish—when you see something, you pick it up.” I literally did this because I was programmed to do it because my father did it, and I was like, wow. We ought to all be implementing it. Added eco-habit from his father? Harry said in the interview, “He’s a stickler for turning lights off and that’s now something that I’m obsessed with. “Well, why turn off the lights? my wife asks. It is dark. We only need one light; we don’t need like six, I say, and then it starts to become automatic. Next, take a look at these rare, candid images of the royal family.

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