Royal Bad Boy to Prince Charming: A Look Back at Prince Harry’s Wild Days

As we know, Prince Harry has settled down with his bride-to-be Meghan Markle, but this royal used to have bit of a wild side to him. Once upon a time, before he swept the American actress off her feet, Harry was pretty much the bad boy of the famous British family. Now, we’re digging into his wild past.

From naked nights in Las Vegas to offensive costumes, here’s a look back at the prince’s party boy days before he met Markle.

Prince Harry admitted to experimenting with drugs

A young Prince Harry stands in front of a brick wall.

He was considered quite rebellious in his youth. | YouTube

When Harry was a teenager, he admitted to experimenting with marijuana, and his father sent him to a rehabilitation center.

In 2002, an official at St. James’s Palace confirmed that when Prince Charles became aware that his son had smoked weed multiple times, he sent Harry to the Featherstone Lodge rehab.

We acknowledge that on several occasions last summer, Prince Harry experimented with cannabis. It is not that he had or has a serious problem, but he did take the drug. Prince Harry did attend Featherstone Lodge for a day to learn about the possible consequences of starting to take cannabis. The Prince of Wales thought it would be educational and shocking for him [Harry] to attend.

The statement concluded by saying that the royal family believed this was a “serious matter,” which was handled and would comment no further on.

He was accused of cheating in school

Prince Harry sits in a dorm room in Eaton College.

He was even involved in a cheating scandal while in school. | Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool/Getty Images

One time, Harry was accused of having an instructor do his work for him in school. In 2004, accusations were brought forth by one of Harry’s former teachers, who claimed she helped the royal cheat.

Sarah Forsyth alleged that she did most of the work on an art project, which Harry used for his admission into another prestigious school. However, the palace denied the allegations, and they were never proven.

Forsyth did get a courtroom victory though when she sued the school for unfairly terminating her.

Harry got into an altercation with a photographer

Prince Harry is in a light grey suit.

Prince Harry once got into an altercation with a photographer. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Then, there was the time when things got physical with Harry and a photographer. Even before the death of Princess Diana, the royals have always had a complicated relationship with the paparazzi, so it was just a matter of time before those tensions boiled over.

In 2004, the prince was walking out of a nightclub when he was allegedly hit in the face with a camera. When he pushed it away, the device hit the photographer in the mouth, cutting his lip.

The paparazzo, however, had a different story. He claimed that Harry aggressively and purposely went after him and, as he pushed the camera into his face, was yelling, “‘Why are you doing this? Why don’t you just leave me alone?'”

The photographer did not file a complaint.

He dressed up in Nazi costume

A newspaper with Prince Harry's photo and story.

The controversy made headlines around the globe. | Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Another time where he clearly wasn’t thinking when he chose his attire for a certain party. In 2005, for reasons we’ll never understand, the prince thought it was OK to wear a swastika armband and a uniform resembling that of the Afrika Korps army to the get-together with friends. Someone at the party snapped a picture of the royal, and soon, the image of Harry in Nazi garb was slapped all over news publications.

He then issued a public apology stating, “I am very sorry if I caused any offense or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume and I apologize.”

Prince was heard using racial slurs

Prince Harry grimaces while wearing a black suit.

Prince Harry has made his share of mistakes. | Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Oh, and there was also the time when we heard him on tape using racial slurs. The infamous video clip from 2006 was released in 2009, and on it, Harry can be heard calling one of his fellow soldiers a “Paki” and another a “raghead.”

Apparently, the prince thought the names were just a joke between his pals. but once the recordings were made public, no one was laughing and he drew a ton of criticism. Another apology was then quickly issued by the palace on Harry’s behalf.

He let loose in Croatia

Prince Harry dancing in a pool with other party goers.

He partied hard back in his days. | YouTube

Back in the day, Harry surely lived up to his party-boy reputation in Croatia. The prince and his friends took a trip to the island of Hvar in 2011, and he was spotted in a club boozing it up, falling into a pool fully clothed, and dancing around while drenched in someone else’s clothes.

Yep, Harry certainly knew how to party.

He orchestrated naked game night in Vegas

Prince Harry saluting while in uniform.

This scandal in particular hurt his image. | Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Finally, he let it all hang out in Sin City. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — unless of course you’re a member of the British royal family.

While in Las Vegas in 2012, Harry hosted a game of strip billiards in his VIP hotel suite and surprise, surprise, someone had a camera and shot a pic of the prince in the buff. Once the photos got out, no one at the palace was happy about it, and he had to fess up to both his father, Charles, and his grandmother, the queen, about the incident. The family then ordered a media blackout of the naked pics.

Luckily, Harry has really grown up since then, and we hope he and Markle live, well, happily ever after.

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