10 things you might not know about Prince Harry

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Prince Harry turned 30 last year, but the wild prince shows little promise of settling down like his older brother and there’s no sign we’ll be treated to another royal wedding any time soon.

Fourth in line for the throne, Harry has proven to be something of a rebel since his teens, delighting the tabloid press and perhaps shocking some of the more traditional members of his family with his escapades.

Here are 10 things you might not know about England’s most talked about prince:

 

1. He spent a day in rehab when he was 16 – Prince Charles was so shocked at his confession of regular alcohol and cannabis consumption that he sent him to Phoenix House rehabilitation centre in 2002 to learn about the dangers of addiction.

 

2. In 2013 he trekked to the South Pole as part of an expedition to raise money for the charity, Walking With The Wounded. Despite the harsh conditions, he somehow managed to bring an ice-cream cake with him that he surprised his team mates with for dessert.

 

3. His nickname is “Spike” and this is how he’s known to many of his friends and even his bodyguards. He had a secret Facebook page for four years under the pseudonym “Spike Wells”, which was hastily deleted after photographs of the young prince cavorting naked in a Las Vegas hotel were leaked on the Internet.

 

4. Aged 19, he filmed a documentary about the plight of AIDS victims in Africa. The film was titled “The Forgotten Kingdom” and was broadcast on ITV in 2004.

 

5. Harry may have gone to one of the best public schools in the country (Eton College) but it didn’t seem to make much difference to his academic achievements – Harry graduated with just 2 A Levels, achieving a B in Art and a D in Geography. One of his former teachers claimed to have helped him pass his art exam and was fired as a result – she later won the unfair dismissal case.

 

6. Prince Harry took a gap year in Australia after finishing his A Levels. During this time he worked on a cattle ranch as a “jackaroo” in Queensland. He also visited Argentina and worked at an orphanage in Lesotho, Africa.

 

7. Harry was a big fan of the Spice Girls during their height of fame. He attended a concert in 1997 with his father and describes a day when the band visited Highgrove as being one of the best of his life.

 

8. His given name is actually Henry and his official title is “His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales”, but he has always been known as Harry.

 

9. During a trip to a small village in Chile in 2014, Harry repaired the television of a local resident, so she could watch the World Cup.

 

10. Harry is a huge fan of Britain’s Got Talent. He told judge Amanda Holden that he never missed an episode, recording each week’s show on Sky Plus.