Some of these facts may surprise you.
His Name Isn’t Actually Harry.
Since he was born, we’ve heard the Prince referred to as “Harry” both by the palace and the media alike, but as it turns out, we’ve been calling him a nickname the entire time. The second son of Princess Diana and Prince Charles was born Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor, with the official title of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales. But he's not alone in his nickname—the name Harry does have quite a history with the royals.
He Hates Social Media, But There Is a Way for Fans to See His Personal Messages.
The Prince has previously said he “really quite hate[s] Twitter by the invasion of privacy,” but that hasn’t stopped him from sharing snippets of his life through social media. Though you won’t find his personal accounts anywhere, he has shared photos and messages from the Kensington Palace account in the past.
He’s No Stranger to Scandal.
Though most of the headlines about the Prince have been about his philanthropy and his relationship with Suits actress Meghan Markle these days, that wasn’t always the case. A 2012 trip to Las Vegas resulted in an onslaught of salacious stories.
And He’s No Stranger to Hardship Either.
The death of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was 12 years old, had a massive toll on Prince Harry in the years following. He largely remained quiet about his grief, something he has now regrets, saying “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well.” This past year, both Prince Harry and Prince William have opened up about their experience following Diana's death, and have come forward to discuss grief and mental health more widely.
He Came Up With the Idea for the Invictus Games and Started It Himself.
After seeing the Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013, Prince Harry was inspired to create something similar for wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women at an international scale. With events ranging from wheelchair basketball to sitting volleyball, the event began in 2014, and will take place this year in Toronto, days after his 33rd birthday. “These Games have shown the very best of the human spirit,” he said.
Princess Kate’s Engagement Ring Was Once His.
In a 2003 feature in Vanity Fair, it was revealed that both William and Harry were allowed to take mementos of their mother’s with them to their new quarters in St. James Palace fourth months after her death. While William chose the Cartier watch she received from her father, Harry chose to keep her sapphire and diamond engagement ring, which became Kate Middleton's after Prince William proposed to her with it in 2010.