Being born into the royal family brings many benefits, but it also carries a high price.
While the members of the monarchy are privy to a level of wealth and influence that most people can only dream of, they are also precluded from experiencing a normal life.
Prince Harry has somehow found a way to negotiate the pitfalls of his birthright, allowing his true spirit to shine through.
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The Windsor family jester will always, as he puts it, have a "childish streak".
But at the age of 27, he is also a principal public player, and has earned a reputation as a serious individual capable of valuable service to his country.
In this special report, we say happy birthday to the young man, whose compelling story and charisma have made him an unlikely star.