He is one of the most loved members of the British Royal Family and is a voice for social injustice and issues. Prince Harry has experienced his whole life in the public eye. Ever since he was born on September 15, 1984, the world has carefully watched him grow up, get married, step back from his senior royal duties, and most recently become a father to her and Meghan Markle’s second child. From co-founding the charity Sentebale when he was a teenager, to launching the Invictus Games in 2014, Prince Harry has seen many accomplishments over the last three decades.
As the Duke of Sussex celebrates his 37th birthday today, Vogue Arabia looks back on a few of the significant moments throughout his life and through the years.
On the balcony of Buckingham Palace, aged 3
Prince Harry, aged 3, being held by his mother Diana, Princess of Wales next to his great-aunt Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping of the Colour ceremony on June 11, 1988.
With his mother and brother, aged 11
The Duke of Sussex with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, and his older brother Prince William. This was Prince William’s first day at Eton College, in September 1995. Prince Harry went on to follow his brother and attended Eton College from 2003.
Skiing in Switzerland, aged 13
Prince Harry and his cousin, Zara Phillips, skiing at the Klosters-Serneus resort in Switzerland in January 1998. The royal family was frequently seen hitting the slopes when Prince Harry and Prince William were younger.
At the ‘Concert for Diana’, aged 22
Prince Harry and his brother Prince William at the Concert for Diana in 2007. The event, which was held at Wembley Stadium, was headed up by the Princes to celebrate their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales’ life on the date which would have been her 46th birthday and also marked the decade since her since.
Meeting traditional Omani Dancers, aged 30
Prince Harry is presented with a sword and shield as he meets traditional Omani Dancers, during a visit to Nizra Fort. Harry arrived in Muscat, in 2014, for a three-day visit to Oman, before competing in a polo match for his charity Sentebale in Abu Dhabi.
At Pippa Middleton’s wedding, aged 32
Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Middleton’s wedding at St Mark’s Church un May 2017.
Announcing his engagement to Meghan Markle, aged 33
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement in December 2017. Three official photos, taken by Alexi Lubomirski at Frogmore House in Windsor were released by the couple and the wedding was announced to take place in May 2018.
First appearance with Meghan Markle as an engaged couple, aged 33
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first appearance since they announced their engagement, attending a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair in Nottingham, England in December 2017.
Wedding to Meghan Markle, aged 33
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moments after their wedding at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on 19 May 2018. Shortly before the wedding Queen Elizabeth II, Harry’s grandmother announced that she would be making Harry the Duke of Sussex. Upon the marriage, Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex.
Visiting Fiji on a royal tour, aged 34
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Fiji while on a royal tour in October 2018. Prince Harry traveled to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, an indigenous forest site housing many flora and fauna native to Fiji, and species including the Fiji Tree Frog.
Announcing the birth of his son Archie, aged 34
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the arrival of their first child, Archie born May 6, 2019. The couple presented their son, named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world, at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019.
Final appearance as a senior member of the royal family, aged 35
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s final appearance as senior members of the royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, in March 2020. At the beginning of the year, the couple announced they would be stepping back from their roles as senior members of the royal family and have since relocated to California with their son Archie.
Welcoming his second child with Meghan Markle
On June 4, the couple welcomed their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world. Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.