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Prince Harry’s life in photos: from a young boy to family life with Meghan Markle

The Duke of Sussex is father to Archie and Lilibet

Prince Harry as a baby, at school and with Meghan Markle
Danielle Stacey
Online Royal CorrespondentLondon
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Prince Harry is the youngest son of King Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Born Henry Charles Albert David on 15 September 1984, he is currently fifth in line to the throne after his older brother, Prince William, and his three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Harry's life has been documented from the moment he made his debut on the steps of the Lindo Wing. From his first day at school and boarding at Eton College to passing his military training at Sandhurst and meeting the love of his life, Meghan Markle.

The couple were made the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day in 2018. Less than a year later, they became parents to baby Archie.

Their decision to step back as senior royals shocked the world in 2020, but the Sussexes are now settled in Montecito, California with their children, Archie and Lilibet.

Take a look at Harry's life in photos, including all the major milestones...

Diana holds newborn Prince Harry© Getty

Prince Harry is born

Charles and Diana welcomed their second son, Prince Harry, at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital Paddington on 15 September 1982. 

Charles lifting baby Harry onto Prince William's shoulders© Getty

Early years

William and Harry grew up at Kensington Palace in London, with the family residing in Apartment 8 and 9. How sweet is this snap of Charles and his young sons?

Prince Harry on a rocking horse in the playroom at Kensington Palace, © Getty

Play time

Harry gazes at the camera as he rides his rocking horse in his playroom at Kensington Palace in 1985. 

Prince Harry on Diana's shoulders at Highgrove© Getty

Fun with mum

The family split their time between London and Charles' Gloucestershire home, Highgrove, which afforded them more privacy. Diana is seen carrying a young Harry on her shoulders in the gardens in 1986. 

Prince Harry's first day at nursery© Getty

First day at nursery

Little Harry looked enthusiastic on his first day at Mrs Mynors nursery school in London. 

Diana cuddling Harry in Majorca© Getty

Family holiday

Cuddles with mum as they enjoyed a family holiday in Majorca in 1986. 

Prince Harry's first day at school© Getty

First day at school

Harry joined big brother William at Wetherby School in Notting Hill, London in 1989. 

Diana with Princes William and Harry on a boat near Niagara Falls© Getty

Royal tour

One of Harry's earliest official overseas visits was to Canada in 1991. Diana took her sons William and Harry on a boat trip to see Niagara Falls.

Charles and Harry at Balmoral© Getty


Charles and Diana had separated by 1992 and both William and Harry were both boarding at Ludgrove School in Berkshire by 1994. 

This photo was taken during the royal family's annual summer break at Balmoral in August 1997 - just weeks before Diana's tragic death in a car crash in Paris. 

Prince Harry starts Eton College© Getty

Harry starts Eton College

Harry followed in his big brother's footsteps and passed the entrance exams for Eton College, enrolling in 1998. 

In his memoir, Spare, Harry says he threw himself into sport at the Windsor-based private school. 

"Sport, I decided, would be my thing at Eton," he wrote. "Sporty boys were separated into two groups: dry bobs and wet bobs. Dry bobs played cricket, football, rugby, or polo. Wet bobs rowed, sailed, or swam." 

He added: "I played every dry sport, though rugby captured my heart. Beautiful game, plus a good excuse to run into stuff very hard. Rugby let me indulge my rage. I simply didn't feel pain the way other boys did, which made me scary on a pitch." 

Prince Harry At Eton College© Getty

Harry in his dorm room at Eton College

Harry left Eton College in 2003 with two A-Levels in Art and Geography.  

Harry on his gap year in Lesotho© Getty

Gap year

After leaving Eton College, Harry decided to take a gap year, where he spent time in Australia and Lesotho in southern Africa, an experience which later inspired him to set up his own charity, Sentebale. 

Prince Harry skiing with Charles and William in Klosters© Getty

Father-son time

Charles, William and Harry often enjoyed winter ski trips together in Klosters, Switzerland when they were growing up and as young adults. 

Queen Elizabeth smiles at Prince Harry at passing out parade© Getty

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Harry began his training as an Officer Cadet in 2005. Upon completion in April 2006, Harry was commissioned as a Army officer in the Blues and Royals. His proud grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, attended his passing-out parade.  

Chelsy Davy attends Harry's Army Pilot Course graduation© Getty

Relationship with Chelsy Davy

Harry began dating Zimbabwe-born Chelsy Davy in 2004 and the pair were in on-again, off-again relationship until 2011. 

Prince Harry as William's best man at royal wedding© Getty

Best man

Harry appeared as his brother's best man at William's wedding to Kate Middleton on 29 April 2011. 

The Duke later wrote in his book, Spare: "The public had been told that I was to be best man, but that was a bare-faced lie. The public expected me to be best man, and thus the Palace saw no choice but to say that I was."

Harry claims that William chose two best men in his close-knit circle - James Meade and Thomas Van Straubenzee. 

Harry serving as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan in 2012© WPA Pool

Military service

Harry completed two tours of Afghanistan as a forward air controller and an Apache helicopter pilot, in 2007 to 2008 and from 2012 to 2013. He served for ten years in the military, rising to the rank of Captain.

Prince Harry launches the Invictus Games London in 2014© Getty

Invictus Games

Before leaving the Army in 2015, Harry founded the Invictus Games in 2014 - an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans participate.

He had been inspired by a trip to the US in 2013, where he watched the Warrior Games. 

The first event took place in London and since then has been held in Orlando in 2016, Toronto in 2017, Sydney in 2018, The Hague in 2022 and Dusseldorf in 2023.

Harry and Meghan at Invictus Games Toronto 2017© Getty

Harry begins dating Meghan Markle

Harry began dating American actress Meghan Markle in summer 2016 after being introduced by a mutual friend. They made their public debut together at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce engagement© Getty


Harry and Meghan's engagement was announced on 27 November 2017. The Prince proposed in the garden of his Kensington Palace home, Nottingham Cottage, with a ring consisting of a large central diamond from Botswana with two smaller diamonds from his mother Diana's jewellery collection.

Prince Harry kisses his wife Meghan Markle following their royal wedding© Getty

Royal wedding

Harry and Meghan tied the knot on 19 May 2018 at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. The late Queen made the couple the Duke and Duchess of Sussex upon their marriage. 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the public outside the Sydney Opera House on October 16, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)© Karwai Tang

Pregnancy announcement

As the couple touched down for their first major royal tour of Australia in October 2018, the palace announced that they were expecting their first child. 

Harry holding newborn baby Archie© Getty

First child

On 6 May 2019, Harry and Meghan welcomed their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor at the Portland Hospital in London, with the proud new father giving a TV interview hours after the birth. The tot was introduced to the world at Windsor Castle two days later. Since their grandfather King Charles' accession to the throne, Archie and his sister Lilibet, are known as Prince and Princess of Sussex. 

Harry kissing newborn baby Lilibet Diana© Netflix

Second child

Harry and Meghan's daughter, Lilibet Diana, was born on 4 June 2021 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. 

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