Royal Family Secrets Reveal Prince Harry’s Fascinating Transformation From Party Boy to Royal Do-Gooder

These days, Prince Harry is the “it” member of the royal family. In addition to his successful charity efforts, the red-headed royal is newly married to American former actress Meghan Markle. But it’s hard to forget that, for most of his life, Harry was the resident troublemaker in the monarchy. What makes this change in character even more fascinating is what took place behind the scenes. Here is the backstory behind Prince Harry’s metamorphosis from party animal to upstanding heir to the throne.

Although he was always a ‘bad boy ‘…

Prince Harry sits in his dorm room.

Prince Harry experienced some dark days in his youth. | Kirsty Wigglesworth-Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry allegedly always had a knack for getting into trouble. His mother, the late Princess Diana, wrote in letters to a friend that her young son was up to no good at school. “The boys are well and are enjoying boarding school a lot, although Harry is constantly in trouble!” she said her eight-year-old son. This was just the start of Harry cultivating his bad boy image.

… things really got bad after Diana died

Princess Diana stands next to her family as she looks over at her two sons.

Princess Diana instilled an interest in charity into her two sons. | Johnny Eggitt/AFP/Getty Images)

What many people don’t know is that a lot of Prince Harry’s bad behavior through his teens and 20s was a result of him grieving over losing his mother at a young age. To conceal his pain after Diana’s death, Prince Harry began drinking heavily and partying hard in his teens.

Dangerous drinking and controversial costumes

Prince Harry scandal on a newspaper.

This incident made headlines all over the world. | Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Prince Harry’s behavior really took a dive in his 20s, when he seemed to embarrass the royal family on a monthly basis. His highlight reel of bad behavior includes snorting vodka in Namibia, stripping naked in Las Vegas, and dressing as a Nazi for a friend’s dinner party. Harry’s partying and poor choices were so extreme, that one radio host decided to give up alcohol altogether after partying with Harry.

The turning point, and William’s role

Prince Harry and Prince William spending time together and laughing.

The two princes are very close. | Arthur Edwards/WPA Pool/Getty Images

It seemed like, almost out of nowhere, Prince Harry turned a corner and got his life together. It wasn’t until 2017 that he revealed that he went to therapy in his late 20s to help him properly process his mother’s death. He reportedly had help from his older brother, Prince William, in making the decision to get help.

Trying his hand at charity

Princess Diana and Prince Harry sitting together.

His mother inspired his love for charity. | Allan Lewis/AFP/Getty Images

Sure, all the of the royal family takes part in charitable work. But Harry’s knack for philanthropy clearly comes from his mother taking him to impoverished places when he was a kid. In addition to charitable tours around the world, he is also a huge advocate for veterans after serving in the British Army for a decade. One of his biggest achievements is the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded and injured service men and women.

Very charitable friends …

Prince Harry standing next to Kate Middleton and Prince William.

Prince Harry often works with Kate Middleton and Prince William. | Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images

It doesn’t hurt that Prince Harry also started breaking bread with other do-gooders instead of shot-takers. In addition to sharing charitable duties with his brother and sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, he has worked closely with former first lady Michelle Obama. They have worked so closely in their outreach even, that the Obamas were rumored to be invitees to Harry’s wedding. While we’re on the subject of the wedding…

… and a philanthropic wife

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement.

They suit each other well. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

It’s only fitting that Harry’s bride, Meghan Markle, is quite the philanthropist herself. The former UN ambassador plans to embark on many more charitable endeavors now that she and Harry are married. It’s only a wonder how many events they will end up hosting together.

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