Prince Henry Charles Albert David may be the second son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, but the man better known as Prince Harry has effortlessly carved a place from himself in the global conversation far outside the easily distracting shadow of his older brother, Prince William.
The rugged redhead, aka Harry Wales, was just shy of 13 when Diana was killed in a car crash in 1997, an internationally mourned tragedy punctuated by the image of her boys walking behind their mother's funeral procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, along with their father and maternal grandfather and uncle.
Like William, Harry attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire and Eton College and he plays polo, but the younger Wales brother opted for the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for higher education following a gap year that took him to Australia, Argentina and Africa.
After a 44-week training course, he was commissioned in April 2006 as a second lieutenant in the Household Cavalry. He spent two months in Afghanistan in 2008 with the British Army, serving as a forward air controller for NATO forces, a deployment cut short when the media spilled his whereabouts. The following year he started on a lengthy course to become a full-time helicopter pilot for Britain's Army Air Corps.
He returned to Afghanistan in 2012 for a five-month tour as an Apache helicopter pilot in the face of death threats issued by the Taliban.
"My father's always trying to remind me about who I am and stuff like that," Harry told reporters while in the war-torn country. "But it's very easy to forget about who I am when I am in the army. Everyone's wearing the same uniform and doing the same kind of thing."
That dedication extends to his own charitable efforts, for which he was awarded the Golden Heart Award in 2010 and the Atlantic Council's Distinguished Humanitarian Award in 2012.
Along with all the bravery and manly manliness, Harry did go through a lengthy rebellious phase (Well, rebellious by royal standards. By Hollywood standards, he's really just a hoot)—though you could also say that William got lucky by graduating from university before Twitter and the 24/7 gossip cycle really took off. Alas, photos of royals wearing Nazi uniforms at costume parties last forever. And don't even get us started on photos of royals using their cupped hands in place of underwear in Las Vegas.
But Harry seems to have settled down since his infamous Sin City exploits—and we continue to wonder if a talking-to from his grandmother contributed to his seeing of the light.
His dating history, meanwhile, reads almost like those of a regular person! In June 2011, he was quoted as saying he was "100 percent single" after dating Chelsy Davy, whom he remains friends with, on and off for several years. The young ladies he's been linked to since include Florence Brudenell-Bruce, The Saturdays singer Mollie King and Cressida Bonas.
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