The Not So Sneaky Way Prince Harry Hides His Identity in Public

It’s a good thing Prince Harry isn’t in charge of his own security. Before meeting and marrying Meghan Markle, the Duke of Sussex was quite the party animal and often frequented bars and clubs in London and other cities around the world. But, while he enjoyed nights on the town with friends, he didn’t go by Harry — or anything close to his real name.

Prince Harry’s alias

Prince Harry
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Like many celebrities, Prince Harry didn’t like to use his real name when enjoying a night off and meeting new people at clubs and bars. To avoid drawing too much attention to his royal status, the Duke of Sussex didn’t shy away from an alias name. That said, the prince’s infamous red hair and other recognizable features didn’t exactly help his cause.

During his partying days, Prince Harry allegedly used to introduce himself to new friends as “Rob.” Which was probably a bit confusing for those that recognized him on the spot. “I met Prince Harry once on a night out, probably four or five years ago. His friend introduced him as ‘Rob,’” Baroness Jessica Heydel from MTV’s The Royal World told Daily Mail. “I sat there and I thought, ‘That is Prince Harry, everyone knows that is Prince Harry,’” she added. I had all these things going around my head, so it didn’t turn into a friendship. My mum [sic] told me I could’ve been the Duchess of Sussex — she’s still angry!”  

In addition to his clubbing alias, Prince Harry also used a fake name for a private Facebook account. And, he probably could have used some help there, too. According to reports, the Duke of Duchess was formally known as Spike Wells on the internet.

Prince Harry’s code name

These days, Prince Harry likely doesn’t use an alias when partying with friends. After all, the Duke of Sussex has settled down quite a bit since marrying Meghan Markle and the two are expecting a baby this spring. However, faux identities are still very much a part of his personal and professional life.

For safety reasons, Prince Harry’s security personnel use code names when discussing the duke. They even put his phone number under an alias name to avoid any potential mishaps. “If anyone got hold of a phone belonging to a royal aide or security team members, they won’t find Harry Windsor and Meghan’s names in it,” a source told Daily Mail. “It is far too risky in the wrong hands,” they added.

What is Prince Harry’s code name? According to reports, the Duke of Sussex goes by David Stevens. However, that has likely changed since the royal family’s security team changes code names frequently to avoid public knowledge. Any new code names used for Prince Harry will include the initials DS as a reflection of his royal title.

Royal family code names

Like Prince Harry, Meghan Markle also uses a code name with initials DS for Duchess of Sussex. The royal formerly went by Davina Scott.

Prince William and Kate Middleton also use royal code names, only their aliases include DC for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Danny Collins and Daphne Clark are both names used by the duke and duchess.

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