Prince Harry, also known by his birthname of Henry Charles Albert David, is the second son of Prince Charles of Wales and the late Princess Diana of Wales. He is the younger brother (by two years) of Prince William. Harry is engaged to the actress Meghan Markle, and the two plan to wed in the spring of 2018.
Currently, Prince Harry is fifth in line to the British throne after his father (Charles), older brother (William), nephew (George) and niece (Charlotte).
It is believed that after Harry marries Meghan Markle he will take on the title of Duke of Sussex.
Harry and his family are members of the Church of England. It is believed that his marriage ceremony to Meghan Markle will follow standard Church of England marriage ceremonies and be an Anglican marriage.
Unlike the era of his grandmother’s time, there doesn’t appear to be any controversy from the Church regarding Prince Harry marrying a divorced American. “I am so happy that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have chosen to make their vows before God,” said Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. (1)
This opens the door for the Prince and his fiancée to be married in Westminster Abbey, the same location where his father and mother married in 1982.
The members of the British Royal Family are very strict in not mentioning their political beliefs or public support for a particular party. This stems from the long tradition of reigning British monarchs meeting to consult with the country’s Prime Minister.
Harry is very active with multiple charities.
In 2014 the Prince helped found the Invictus Games, a sporting competition for injured and disabled men and women from the world’s military. Harry remains as the Chair of the organization.
The Prince has also taken on two charitable causes that were of interest to his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, that of AIDS funding and the removal of landmines. “Twenty years ago, in the last months of her life, my mother campaigned to draw attention to the horrific and indiscriminate impact of land mines,” Harry said at an event for 2017 International Mine Awareness Day. “let’s make future generations proud and finish what we started.” (2)
Prince Harry is also active with the Prince’s Rainforest Trust, The Countryside Foundation for Education, UNICEF, We Day, Free the Children and the Diana Awards, to name a few.
Harry spent a total of 10 years in the British Armed Forces, rising to the rank of Captain.
He served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, flying Apache helicopters in several combat missions. Due to his international status, Prince Harry was considered a prime target for insurgent forces. For that reason his unit placement was kept as a strict secret.
In November 2017 Kensington Palace announced the engagement between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a divorced American actress.
The marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. pic.twitter.com/lJdtWnbdpB
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 28, 2017
The engagement was met with enthusiasm by the general public and seen by royal observers as proof of a more relaxed and inclusive acceptance of new blood into the royal family. (3)
Harry’s reputation has always been associated with that of a rebel. Unlike the sterling clear image of his older brother William, Prince Harry had had multiple brushes with embarrassing moments. One time Harry was photographed smoking marijuana; on another occasion at a party he was photographed wearing a Nazi costume. In August 2012 the American press published scandalous photographs of Harry with a nude American woman in a Las Vegas hotel room. Reports were that the couple had been playing a game of “strip billiards”. British newspapers and tabloids were cautious about reprinting the photos to their public audience, but the news story caused raised eyebrows from many fans of the young Prince.
1: USA Today