Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

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Prince Harry
Duke of Sussex (more)
Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games opening ceremony.jpg
Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games
Born (1984-09-15) 15 September 1984 (age 34)
St Mary's Hospital, London, England
Spouse
Meghan Markle (m. 2018)
Full name
Henry Charles Albert David[fn 1][fn 2]
HouseWindsor
FatherCharles, Prince of Wales
MotherLady Diana Spencer
Military career
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service2005–15
RankSee list
Service numberArmy - 564673
Royal Marines - 23814
UnitBlues and Royals
662 Squadron, 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan

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

Harry launched the Invictus Games in 2014, and remains patron of its Foundation. He also gives patronage to several other organisations, including the HALO Trust, the London Marathon Charitable Trust, and Walking With The Wounded.[2]

Prince Harry began dating Meghan Markle in June 2016. They became engaged in November 2017.[3] The couple married at Windsor Castle on 19th May 2018.[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 at 4:20 pm as the second child of Charles, Prince of Wales, heir apparent to Queen Elizabeth II, and Diana, Princess of Wales.[5][6][fn 3]

Education[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]

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
Mother:
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

Notes[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Prince Harry does not normally use a surname, but when one is required, it may be Mountbatten-Windsor. In his military career, Harry used the surname Wales.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry is a common nickname for Henry—see also Henry (given name).
  3. 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. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  2. "Patronages". Prince Harry. British Royal Family. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  3. "Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle engaged, Prince Charles says". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  4. Booth, Robert (28 November 2017). "Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in May". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 November 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.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
Born: 15 September 1984
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Prince Louis of Cambridge
Succession to the British throne
6th in line
Followed by
The Duke of York
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Vacant
1st creation extinct in 1843
Title last held by
Prince Augustus Frederick
Duke of Sussex
2nd creation
2018–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Duke of Cambridge
Gentlemen Followed by
James, Viscount Severn