About Prince Harry
Prince Harry is fifth in line to the throne and the younger son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. His Royal Highness spent ten years working in the Armed Forces, ending operational duties in 2015. During his service, he conducted two tours of duty to Afghanistan with the British Army. Prince Harry now spends his working life supporting a number of charitable activities and projects and carrying out public duties in support of The Queen. His Royal Highness's official residence is Kensington Palace in London.
Supporting the welfare of servicemen and women
Having served in the British Army for ten years, Prince Harry is passionate about promoting the welfare of those who are serving or who have served their country in the Armed Forces.
He has campaigned to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges facing service personnel making the transition to civilian life. In particular, he has worked to bring wider public attention to the support that wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women need through their entire rehabilitation process. That includes long-term support for each person and their family for both physical and mental injuries.
His work in this area has seen Prince Harry take part in a number of projects and initiatives, including volunteering with the Army's Personnel Recovery Unit in London, trekking with wounded servicemen and women to the South Pole and in the Arctic, supporting a number of adventure challenges through his Endeavour Fund, and organising the Invictus Games.
The Invictus Games
The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veteran.
The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country. The first Invictus Games were held in London in 2014 followed by Orlando, Florida in May 2016. The next games will be held in Toronto in 2017, followed by Sydney in 2018.
Championing developmental opportunities for vulnerable children and young people
Prince Harry believes that every child should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background or situation. Through a programme of public and private visits, he regularly supports projects that enable children from disadvantaged backgrounds to build their skills and confidence.
Sport for social development
Prince Harry is a keen sportsman and sees the potential to use sport in the engagement and education of children and young people. Alongside his brother, The Duke of Cambridge and sister-in-law, The Duchess of Cambridge, he has worked with his Foundation to build a model that improves the availability and quality of sports coaching in schools and communities. The "Coach Core" programme helps train young people as professional sports coaches while they are still in education. It also aims to improve the quality and availability of sports coaching and mentoring in inner city schools whilst creating employment at a time when many young people are facing long term unemployment.
Through his work with younger people, many of whom fall out of mainstream education, Prince Harry believes in the importance of mentoring schemes. He has visited many projects around the world that highlight the positive impact of children's mentoring opportunities. In the UK, he is closely involved with a programme based in Nottingham that works with young people to deter them from becoming involved in youth violence and gang-related activities. Supported by his Foundation, the programme trains a group of young people as youth leaders, providing them with formal qualifications and apprenticeships in mentoring and leadership, while at the same time supporting primary school children, who are at most risk of becoming involved in youth violence, by working with their schools and families.
Supporting children living with HIV /AIDS
In 2006, Prince Harry jointly founded Sentebale, a charity to help orphans in Lesotho, southern Africa. Having visited the small African nation after completing his school education, he was moved by the plight of children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic which has devastated the country. Together with his great friend Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, he set up Sentebale to offer long-term support to community organisations working with children and young people, and in particular to those working with orphans.
Sentebale is a word that people in Lesotho use when they say goodbye to each other: it means 'forget me not'. It was chosen as the name of the new charity because the two Princes see its work as a memorial to the charity work of their own mothers, and because its aim as an organisation is to ensure that Lesotho, and the current plight of its children, is not forgotten.
In 2016, Prince Harry underwent a public HIV test at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital to raise awareness and promote how easy it is to get tested, as part of his on-going efforts to eradicate stigmas associated with HIV/AIDS.
His Royal Highness attended the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, where he spoke of how "HIV remains among the most pressing and urgent of global challenges" and the importance of educating and empowering young people in the fight against the virus.
Having visited southern Africa a number of times, Prince Harry has taken a deep personal interest in frontline conservation projects that work to protect Africa's natural heritage and support both wildlife and local communities. On leaving the Army in 2015, he spent three months working on number of such projects in Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa and Botswana.
During that time he worked closely with conservation experts to learn about environmental education programmes and also spent time with a team of rangers in Kruger National Park, South Africa, who are the first to respond to reports of poaching attacks on Elephant and Rhino.
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
In addition to supporting charities and organisations, Prince Harry – like his brother and The Duchess of Cambridge - is able to direct his own philanthropic work through The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Royal Foundation develops programmes and charitable projects based on the interests of Their Royal Highnesses by working with organisations which are already making a proven impact in their respective fields. The Royal Foundation provides additional investment, mentoring, support and partnerships for these programmes, and lends its own profile and leverage to enhance the effect of their good work.
In 2017 Prince Harry spearheaded the Heads Together mental health campaign with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, leading a coalition of eight mental health charity partners to change the national conversation on mental health. The campaign aimed to build on existing progress nationwide in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health problems.
The team of charities covered a wide range of mental health issues that are close to The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry's passions. They were: Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; Best Beginnings; CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably; Contact (a military mental health coalition); Mind; Place2Be; The Mix; YoungMinds.
Heads Together was privileged to be the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year giving the campaign a positive platform to raise funds for the charity partners and to start millions of conversations about mental wellbeing.
Prince Harry is the younger son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales.
Prince Harry lives at Kensington Palace in London. He spends his working life carrying out public duties in support of The Queen and fulfilling a number of charitable activities and projects.
He spent ten years working in the Armed Forces, ending operational duties in 2015. During his service, he conducted two tours of duty to Afghanistan with the British Army.
Prince Harry was born at 4.20pm on 15 September 1984 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington in central London, weighing 6lb 14oz. He is the younger brother to Prince William.
On 21 December 1984, Prince Henry Charles Albert David was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
Prince Harry began his education at Mrs Mynors Nursery School in west London aged 3. In September 1989, he joined his brother Prince William at the pre-prep Wetherby School, also in west London, until he joined Ludgrove School in Berkshire in 1992.
Prince Harry went on to Eton College from September 1998 where he took his GCSEs and A Levels. During his time at Eton, Harry was House Captain of Games and represented the school at rugby, cricket and polo, and was a member of the Combined Cadet Force. He left Eton in 2003 with A Level results that qualified him to fulfil his ambition to join the Army. But before doing so, Prince Harry spent a year travelling to Australia, Argentina and Africa, where he made a documentary about the plight of orphans in Lesotho.
Prince Harry began his military career as an Officer Cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in May 2005 and after successfully completing his training course, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals).
He went on to serve with the British Armed Forces for ten years, where he undertook two operational tours of Afghanistan, the first between 2007 and 2008 as a Forward Air Controller. Shortly after returning to the UK Prince Harry was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with The Household Cavalry.
Prince Harry began training as an Army Air Corps Pilot in 2009. Following the completion of his Army Pilot's Course he was selected to train as an Apache Pilot and began the 18-month Apache training course, during which he was awarded the prize for best Co-Pilot Gunner. He became a fully operational Apache Attack Helicopter Pilot in February 2012. At the end of 2012, he undertook his second tour of duty to Afghanistan, this time as an Apache Pilot, returning at the beginning of 2013. In July 2013, he qualified as Apache Aircraft Commander.
In early 2014 Prince Harry completed his attachment to the Army Air Corps and transferred to a Staff Officer role in HQ London District, where he helped organise the inaugural Invictus Games in London – an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.
In March 2015, Kensington Palace announced that after a fulfilling military career, Prince Harry would leave the Armed Forces holding the rank of Captain. During his final weeks, he spent time seconded to the Australian Defence Force attached to various units in Darwin, Perth and Sydney to gain an appreciation of the Australian Army's domestic operating environment and capabilities.
As he left operational service in June 2015, Prince Harry said: 'The experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life. For that I will always be hugely grateful.'
Prince Harry remains closely connected with the Armed Forces through his role as Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation. His Royal Highness is passionate about promoting the welfare of those who are serving or who have served their country in the Armed Forces.
Prince Harry combines a programme of charitable activity alongside his public service in support of The Queen, undertaking official engagements in the UK and overseas.
He is Patron of a number of organisations and spends the majority of his charitable work focusing on the welfare of servicemen and women, championing developmental opportunities for hard to reach children and African conservation.
He co-founded the charity Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers (Sentebale means ‘Forget me not’) to support orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho. Alongside his brother and sister-in-law, he is also Patron of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
In 2014, Prince Harry created and helped organise the first Invictus Games in London. The Games are an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. They use the power of sport to inspire recover, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country. The inaugural Invictus Games held in London saw over 400 competitors from 13 nations compete in nine adaptive sports, and has since been hosted in Orlando, Florida with Games planned for 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Prince Harry's official title is His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales.
He was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) by The Queen in June 2015.
Supporting The Queen
Prince Harry attaches great importance to his role in the Royal Family's public service to the UK and around the Commonwealth. He has been inspired by the example of duty and leadership of his grandmother, The Queen and his father, The Prince of Wales.
He works in support of The Queen and the Royal Family through his programme of charitable work, and public duties, including carrying out engagements in the UK and official tours overseas. Throughout his career, Prince Harry has combined his Royal and charitable duties alongside his public service work, formerly serving in the Armed Forces for 10 years.
Prince Harry undertakes a number of Royal duties in support of, and at times on behalf of, The Queen. He represents Her Majesty at events in the UK and abroad, as well as attending state and ceremonial occasions alongside other members of the Royal Family. These include helping welcome a visiting Head of State to the UK and celebrating The Queen's official birthday at Trooping the Colour.
His Royal Highness plays a lead role in moments of national Remembrance, by laying a wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph in Central London, and also attending significant services across the UK, Europe, Realms and the Commonwealth. In the summer of 2016, Prince Harry joined other members of the Royal Family at commemorative events in France to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
Prince Harry has carried out a number of overseas visits, including to Realm and Commonwealth nations on behalf of The Queen. He also represents the UK's interests overseas at the request of the Government.
His official duties have seen Prince Harry visit all seven continents.
Queen's Young Leaders
Prince Harry has a particular interest in supporting young people throughout the Commonwealth in achieving their full potential. He has worked in support of The Queen's Young Leaders, meeting some of the future leaders from across the globe to draw attention to their work in the UK and overseas. He has said that young people hold the answers to some of the most pressing issues facing the world today, and only by encouraging, supporting, and listening to them will we succeed. In 2016 and again in 2017, he attended the gathering of The Queen's Young Leaders at Buckingham Palace with his grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen.
National sporting events
A keen sportsman himself, Prince Harry regularly represents the Royal Family at major national sporting events, to reflect the nation's support.
Alongside The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, was an Official Ambassadors for Team GB and Paralympic GB in the lead up to, and during, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.
Their Royal Highnesses joined forces again in 2014 to showcase their support at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire. And due to his involvement with the Rugby Football Union, Prince Harry was asked to be President of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
At the end of The Queen's 90th birthday year, in 2016, Her Majesty stepped down as Patron from a number of national organisations – Prince Harry was pleased to take on patronage of the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League, having been Vice Patron of the union since 2010. His Royal Highness regularly attends England matches at Twickenham and supports the work of the RFU and its charities.
Special military relationships
Prince Harry is affiliated to military regiments from all three branches of the British Armed Forces. He served with the British Army for ten years, before leaving operational service holding the rank of Captain.
Additionally, The Queen has appointed Prince Harry Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy and Honorary air Commandant of Royal Air Force Honnington.
Charities and Patronages
African ParksWebsite: www.african-parks.org
ConservationRegion: Rest of worldMembers of the Royal Family:Prince Harry, Patron
Dolen CymruWebsite: www.dolencymru.com
The Wales-Lesotho link begain in 1985 and has developed educational links, wider young people's links, health, churches, women's organisations, etcRegion: Other Commonwealth CountryMembers of the Royal Family:Prince Harry, Patron
Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund
Aims to lift children out of poverty through education. Funds are directed to projects in south-east region of Uganda.Region: InternationalMembers of the Royal Family:Prince Harry, Joint Patrons
The Duke of Cambridge, Joint Patrons
Invictus Games FoundationWebsite: invictusgames.org
The Invictus Games Foundation has been established to further the interests of Wounded, Injured and Sick servicemen, women and veterans from many nations. Building on the success of 2014 Invictus Games, to manage the process of selecting the hosts of future games and to overseeing their delivery.Region: InternationalMembers of the Royal Family:Prince Harry, Patron
Using up to date mapping, provides a real time information service at the scene of major disasters, assisting in humanitarian relief operations.
Previous Chairman Andrew Douglas-Bate 2007Region: InternationalMembers of the Royal Family:Prince Harry, Royal Patron
Rhino Conservation BotswanaWebsite: www.rhinoconservationbotswana.com
This new international charity monitors and protects black and white rhinos that it helps rescue from poaching hotspots across southern Africa and move to safety of Botswana. Here, thanks to strenuous anti-poaching laws and the support of the military, the rhinos will thrive - and ultimately become one of the last great hopes for the survival of their kind.Region: InternationalMembers of the Royal Family:Prince Harry, Patron
Royal Air Force Honington
Royal Air Force establishment Home of the RAF RegimentRegion: UK (England)Members of the Royal Family:Prince Harry, Honorary Air Commandant
Rugby Football Union
Governing body of the sport of Rugby Union.Region: UK (England)Members of the Royal Family:Prince Harry, Patron
Prince Harry, Vice Patron
Rugby Football Union All Schools Programme
project to use rugby in schools to increase activity levels, improve behaviour and improve attainmentRegion: UK-wideMembers of the Royal Family:Prince Harry, Patron
Rugby Football Union Injured Players Foundation
To support players who have been injured playing rugby at any level of the game in England.Region: UK (England)Members of the Royal Family:Prince Harry, Patron