Why Did Prince Charles Send Prince Harry To Rehab When He Was A Teen?

Prince Harry has come a long way since his wild party days as a teen. In recent years, the father-to-be has been open about the mental turmoil that he felt following the death of his mother, Princess Diana. The red-headed royal was just 12-years old when the princess was tragically killed in a car accident. In a 2017 interview with The Daily Telegraph, Prince Harry revealed that he finally sought counseling after two years of “total chaos” while struggling to come to terms with the death of his mother.

A part of that chaos for the prince was acting out and doing poorly in school. In fact, things got so bad that the Duke of Sussex’s father, Prince Charles sent him to rehab.

The real reason Prince Charles sent Prince Harry to rehab

During his teen years, while he was a student at Eton College, Prince Harry began to spiral out of control. He reportedly engaged in underage drinking and tried smoking marijuana during the summer of 2001. In Jan. of 2002, reports of the prince’s illegal activities made tabloid headlines. Prince Charles decided that he needed to do something drastic about his youngest son’s behavior.

Prince Charles sent Prince Harry to rehab to show him how terrible drug and alcohol addiction can be. The Prince of Wales sent his son to Featherstone Lodge rehabilitation centre in South London with his old friend and former heroin addict, Mark Dyer as a chaperone. Though he was only there for a short time–spending time at the rehab made an impression on the young prince. The palace released a statement saying,

 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 to 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 to attend. A large number of heroin users have, over the years and in the course of his work, told the Prince of Wales that they started on cannabis.

Prince Harry’s other scandals

Unfortunatly Prince Harry’s wild child days did not end with his trip to Featherstone in 2002. Instead, he would have several more incidents that would hit the headlines in his late teens and early 20s.

A violent incident with the paparazzi

In 2004, Prince Harry 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 photographer had a different story to tell. He claimed that the prince aggressively went after him. However, he did not file a complaint.

The Nazi costume

In Jan. 2005, several newspapers published photographs of Prince Harry wearing a Nazi uniform at a costume party. For many people including his grandmother who lived through the horrors of World War II, this was a disgrace. After being called racist and insensitive, the prince issued a public apology saying, “I am very sorry if I caused any offense or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume, and I apologize.”

Naked in Vegas

When Prince Harry visited Las Vegas in 2012, he might have let his partying spirit get the best of him. He decided to host a game of strip billiards in his VIP hotel suite, and some untrustworthy person snapped a photo of the prince in all of his nude glory. Neither the Palace nor the royal family was pleased, and they ordered a media blackout of the naked pics.

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