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10 Things You Didn't Know About Prince Harry

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Perhaps equally as well-known as his older brother, William, Prince Harry is one of the most eligible bachelors in the country! Considered a bit of a ‘Jack the Lad,’ Harry has most recently been famed for his exploits in Las Vegas, helping cement is image as the ‘fun’ member of the Royal Family. But just what do you know about the late Princess Diana’s second son?

He’s a Virgo – Harry was born on the 15th of September 1984.

His name isn’t actually Harry – His given name is Henry Charles Albert David. Harry is just a nickname!

He was the first member of the Royal Family to go to the South Pole – In 2013 Prince Harry took part in the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge, journeying with injured servicemen and women from across the globe on a successful trek to the South Pole.

He served in Afghanistan – In 2007/8 Harry served 77 days in Helmand, but was forced to return home after an Australian magazine published details of his whereabouts. However he again served a 20-week deployment in 2012/13 with the Army Air Corps.

He’s a football fan – In addition to enjoying playing FIFA, he supports the London football team Arsenal.

He’s the 3rd most popular member of the Royal Family – A poll taken in November 2012 showed that Harry was actually the 3rd most popular member of the family – right behind his grandmother, the Queen, and his brother, William.

He’s only just now receiving an inheritance – Both William and Harry received no inheritance until their 30th birthdays. In addition to a £10million sum, Harry has also inherited jewellery and his mother’s famous wedding dress.

He was raised to be ‘normal’  - Princess Diana wanted her children to have the same experiences as everybody else. This included trips to McDonalds, as well as waiting in line to visit Santa Clause at a department store!

He founded the Invictus Games  - An Olympics-style athletic event, the Invictus Games sees more than 400 participants – serving military personnel and veterans – from 13 countries competing in nine different sports.

He’s charitable – Harry set up the Sentebale charity to help AIDS orphans in South Africa. He is also involved with charities such as WellChild and MapAction. He maintains the Diana – Princess of Wales Memorial fund in memory of his late mother, a charity he set up when he was just 21 years old.

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About The Author

Margaret

An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: February 25th, 2015
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