Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

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Prince Harry
Duke of Sussex (more)
Prince Harry smiling
The Duke of Sussex in 2019
BornPrince Henry of Wales
(1984-09-15) 15 September 1984 (age 39)
St Mary's Hospital, London, England, UK
Meghan Markle (m. 2018)
Full name
Henry Charles Albert David
FatherCharles III
MotherLady Diana Spencer
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service2005–2015 (active service)
RankSee list
Service number564673
AwardsOperational Service Medal for Afghanistan

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex KCVO (Henry Charles Albert David; born 15 September 1984)[1][fn 1] is a member of the British royal family. He is the younger son of Charles III, and Diana, Princess of Wales and is the younger brother of William, Prince of Wales, and is fifth in the line of succession to the British throne. Harry was a pupil at Eton College.[2]

Harry launched the Invictus Games in 2014, and remains patron of its Foundation.[3] He also gives patronage to several other organisations, including the HALO Trust, the London Marathon Charitable Trust, and Walking with the Wounded.[4]

Early life[change | change source]

Harry was born in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, on 15 September 1984 as the second child of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales.[5][6][fn 2]

Education and military service[change | change source]

Like his father and brother, Harry was educated at independent schools. He started at Jane Mynors' nursery school and the pre-preparatory Wetherby School, both in London.[9]

He was a helicopter pilot in the military,[10] during the War in Afghanistan. During the same year that his book was published, he said to media that he killed enemies[11] in Afghanistan.

Marriage[change | change source]

Prince Harry began dating Meghan Markle in June 2016. They became engaged in November 2017.[12] The couple married at Windsor Castle on 19 May 2018.[13] The couple's first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born on May 6, 2019.[14] In November 2020, Markle revealed in an opinion piece for The New York Times that she suffered a miscarriage in July of that year.[15] On 4 June 2021, the couple's daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born in Santa Barbara, California.[16]


15 September 1984-19 May 2018 His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales

19 May 2018 His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex

In Scotland: His Royal Highness The Earl of Dumbarton

In Northern Ireland: Baron of Kilkeel

Ancestry[change | change source]

Prince Harry's ancestors in three generations
Prince Harry of Wales Father:
Charles, Prince of Wales
Paternal Grandfather:
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Princess Alice of Battenberg
Paternal Grandmother:
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Paternal Great-grandfather:
George VI of the United Kingdom
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Diana, Princess of Wales
Maternal Grandfather:
John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer,
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Cynthia Hamilton
Maternal Grandmother:
Frances Burke Roche
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Maurice Burke Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Ruth Gill

Relationships[change | change source]

He has a brother. As of 2022, Harry has said that he is not satisfied with the relationship with his brother.[11]

In 2023, he attended the coronation of his father (Charles III); At that ceremony, Prince Harry was put[17] on row 3. (Row 3 included the king's brother, Prince Andrew.)

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Harry is a common nickname for Henry—see also Henry (given name).
  2. Rumours that Harry is the son of James Hewitt, with whom his mother had an affair, are denied by Hewitt and one of Diana's police bodyguards, Ken Wharfe.[7][8] Hewitt said, "There really is no possibility whatsoever that I am Harry's father. I can absolutely assure you that I am not. Admittedly the red hair is similar to mine and people say we look alike. I have never encouraged these comparisons and although I was with Diana for a long time I must state once and for all that I'm not Harry's father. When I met Diana, he was already a toddler."[7][8] Wharfe said, "The malicious rumours that still persist about the paternity of Prince Harry used to anger Diana greatly. The nonsense should be scotched here and now. Harry was born on 15 September 1984. Diana did not meet James until the summer of 1986."[7][8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Prince Harry". The Royal Household. 5 February 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  2. Anh Ton Nu, Tram (18 January 2021). "Prince Harry Has the Least Formal Education Out of Queen Elizabeth's 6 Adult Grandchildren". Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  3. "Prince Harry's Invictus Games open". BBC News. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  4. "Patronages". Prince Harry. British Royal Family. 5 February 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  5. "Princess Di gives birth to boy". The Evening News. London. Associated Press. 16 September 1984. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  6. "Prince Harry – Biography". Office of the Prince of Wales. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Hewitt denies Prince Harry link". BBC News. 21 September 2002. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "New controversial Princess Diana play asks 'Is James Hewitt Prince Harry's real father?'". Mirror Group. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  9. "Prince William in pictures". The Telegraph. London. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  10. Retrieved 2023-01-06
  11. 11.0 11.1 Retrieved 2023-01-05
  12. "Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle engaged, Prince Charles says". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  13. Booth, Robert (28 November 2017). "Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in May". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  14. "Duchess of Sussex gives birth to boy". 6 May 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  15. "Meghan: Duchess of Sussex tells of miscarriage 'pain and grief'". BBC News. 25 November 2020.
  16. "Harry and Meghan announce birth of baby daughter - with name to honour Queen and Diana". Sky News. 6 June 2021. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  17. Retrieved 2023-05-06

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
Born: 15 September 1984
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