Prince Harry through the years: Photos


 

Prince Harry, fifth in line to the British throne, has announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, an American actress currently starring in the Toronto-filmed TV show Suits. The last time a British royal tried to marry an American, it sparked a constitutional crisis—King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 so he could marry the twice-divorced socialite Wallis Simpson. Prince Harry’s path to his spring 2018 wedding will be less complicated, reflecting the slow process of modernization the royal family has undergone in recent years. The new, less starchy image of the royals is partly attributable to Prince Harry himself, who is an endless source of amusing photos.

Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle announce their engagement at the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on Nov. 27, 2017. They have been together since November 2016 and are due to marry in spring 2018. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

 

Princes William and Harry with their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) in the garden of Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, 18th July 1986. William is wearing a Dallas Cowboys t-shirt. (Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Princes Harry and William with their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in the garden of Highgrove House in Gloucestershire in 1986. (Tim Graham/Getty Images)

 

Queen Elizabeth II as proud grandmother smiles at Prince Harry as she inspects soldiers at their passing-out Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy on April 12, 2006 in Surrey, England. (Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II, proud grandmother, smiles at Prince Harry as she inspects soldiers at their passing-out Sovereign’s Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy in 2006. (Tim Graham/Getty Images)

 

Prince Harry (L) and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge try out light sabres during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios on April 19, 2016 in Iver Heath, England. Prince William and Prince Harry are touring Pinewood studios to visit the production workshops and meet the creative teams working behind the scenes on the Star Wars films. (Adrian Dennis/WPA/Getty Images)

Prince Harry and William, Duke of Cambridge, try out light sabres during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, England. The princes visited the production workshops and met the creative teams working on the films. (Adrian Dennis/WPA/Getty Images)

 

Prince Harry meets US athlete Michael Kacer the track and field events from the crowd during the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 10, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Prince Harry meets U.S. track-and-field athlete Michael Kacer during the Orlando 2016 Invictus Games. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

 

In this Undated handout grab from video issued by Boultbee Flight Academy on Sunday April 5, 2015, Prince Harry flys in the back of a Spitfire on a sortie from Goodwood, West Sussex, via the Isle of Wight. The flight was to promote his Spitfire scholarship which offers training for wounded servicemen and women, flight training for the scholarship is delivered by Boultbee Flight Academy and supported by The Royal Foundation's Endeavour Fund. Prince Harry launched the scholarship selection in February 2014, the scholarship draws inspiration from the pilot Douglas Bader who flew throughout the Second World War with 20 individual aerial victories despite losing both his legs in 1931. (Andy R Annable/Boultbee Flight Academy/Getty Images)

Prince Harry flies in the back of a Spitfire on a sortie from Goodwood, West Sussex, via the Isle of Wight. The flight was to promote his Spitfire scholarship, which offers training for wounded servicemen and -women. (Andy R Annable/Boultbee Flight Academy/Getty Images)

 

Britain's Prince Harry wins against Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt, seen rear, by making a false start, Tuesday March 6 2012 at a mock race at the University of the West Indies, in Jamaica. Harry is touring the Caribbean as part of a Diamond Jubilee tour in honor of Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates 60 years on the throne. His visit comes as the new prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has called anew for the severing of ties with the British monarchy. (John Stillwell/PA/AP)

Prince Harry wins against Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt (after making a false start) at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, in 2012. Harry was touring the Caribbean as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. His visit came as the new Jamaican prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, was calling for the severing of the country’s ties to the British monarchy. (John Stillwell/PA/AP)

 

Britain's Prince Harry holds a young girl in his arm during a visit to the Complexo do Alemao slum, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday March 10, 2012. Harry is in Brazil at the request of the British government on a trip to promote ties and emphasize the transition from the upcoming 2012 London Games to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

Prince Harry carries a girl during a visit to the Complexo do Alemão slum in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. He was in Brazil at the request of the British government to promote ties and help the transition from the 2012 London Games to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

 

Britain's Prince William, left, and Britain's Prince Harry, right, wait for the start of the World Cup group C soccer match between England and Algeria in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 18, 2010. (Roberto Candia/AP)

Prince William, left, and Prince Harry, right, wait for the start of the World Cup soccer game between England and Algeria in Cape Town in 2010. (Roberto Candia/AP)

 

This image taken from a video released by Kensington Palace, London, on Friday April 29, 2016 shows Queen Elizabeth II sitting with her grandson, Prince Harry as he says "Boom" whilst receiving a video call from the President of the United States, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. Prince Harry, released the video Friday promoting the upcoming Invictus Games for wounded veterans. The cast includes his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, and Barack and Michelle Obama, who Harry had over for dinner last week. The video starts with Harry and the queen looking at an Invictus brochure when they get a video phone message from Mrs. Obama. (@KENSINGTONROYAL/AP)

Prince Harry reacts to a video message from the then-president of the United States, Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama in 2016. Prince Harry was promoting the upcoming Invictus Games for wounded veterans. (@KENSINGTONROYAL/AP)

 

Prince Harry, Patron of England Rugby's All Schools Programme takes part in a teacher training session and rugby festival at Eccles RFC on October 20, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Prince Harry, the patron of England Rugby’s All Schools Programme, takes part in a teacher-training session and rugby festival at Eccles RFC in 2014 in Manchester, England. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

 

Prince William and Prince Harry joke as they pose with an African rock python snake when they visit Mokolodi Education Centre on June 15, 2010 in Gaborone, Botswana. The Princes are on a joint trip to Southern Africa and will visit projects supported by their respective charities Tusk Trust (Prince William) and Sentebale (Prince Harry). Royal baby. (Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images)

Princes Harry and William enjoy the company of an African rock python snake as they visit Mokolodi Education Centre in Gaborone, Botswana, in 2010. The Princes were on a joint trip to Southern Africa and will visit projects supported by their respective charities, Prince William’s Tusk Trust and Prince Harry’s Sentebale. (Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images)

 

Prince Harry dances with deaf children during at visit to the Kananelo Centre for the deaf, a project supported by his charity Sentebale on February 27, 2013 in Maseru, Lesotho. Sentebale is a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. It helps the most vulnerable children in Lesotho get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Sentebale works with local grassroots organisations to help these children, the victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho's HIV/AIDS epidemic. Cathy Ferrier was appointed as Sentebale's Chief Executive in March 2012 and is spearheading a fundraising initiative to build the Mamohato Centre which will provide psychosocial support for children and young people infected with HIV. Prince Harry is due to pay a visit to Lesotho this week to catch up on his charity's progress and meet key children who will be supported by the charity. Royal baby. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Prince Harry dances with deaf children during a visit to the Kananelo Centre for the Deaf, a project supported by his charity, Sentebale, in Maseru, Lesotho, in 2013. Sentebale helps the most vulnerable children in Lesotho, and works with local grassroots organizations to help victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

 

Prince William and Prince Harry play football with children during a visit to the Semongkong Children's Centre on June 17, 2010 in Semongkong, Lesotho. The Princes are on a joint trip to Southern Africa to visit projects supported by their respective charities Tusk Trust (Prince William) and Sentebale (Prince Harry). (Samir Hussein/wireimage/getty images)

Princes Harry and William play football with children during a visit to the Semongkong Children’s Centre in Semongkong, Lesotho, in 2010. (Samir Hussein/wireimage/getty images)

 

The Prince Of Wales & Prince Harry Visit South Africa.Visit To A Zulu Village. . (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Images)

The Prince Of Wales and Prince Harry visit South Africa in 1997. (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Images)

 

Image released by Kensington Palace on October 28, 2016 shows Prince Harry while he worked in Malawi with African Parks as part of an initiative involving moving 500 elephants over 350 kilometers across Malawi from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Prince Harry says of the picture: "A few of us trying to 'tip an elephant'. This young male was fighting the sedative drug and was heading towards the trees, which would have made it very difficult for us to get him on the truck. All directions were taken from Kester Vickery from Conservation Solutions and Andre Uys, the vet." (Frank Weitzer/ African Parks/Kensington Palace/Getty Images)

Prince Harry helps conservation workers tip an elephant who was fighting a sedative. Prince Harry was visiting African Parks in Malawi during its initiative to move 500 elephants more than 350 km from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. (Frank Weitzer/ African Parks/Kensington Palace/Getty Images)

 

April 19, 2016: Prince Harry meets ‘Star Wars’ character Chewbacca during a visit to the set at Pinewood studios in England. (Adrian Dennis/Getty Images)

Prince Harry meets Star Wars character (and fellow ginger) Chewbacca during a visit to the set at Pinewood studios in England in 2016. (Adrian Dennis/Getty Images)


 

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