- Title: Prince Henry, Duke of Sussex
- Full Name: Henry Charles Albert David
- Father: King Charles III of England
- Mother: Diana, Princess of Wales
- House: Windsor
- Born: September 15, 1984
- Married: Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018
Prince Henry of Wales (aka Prince Harry) is the youngest son of His Royal Highness King Charles III and Diana, Princess of Wales. His official and full title is His Royal Highness, The Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton, and Baron Kilkeel. Henry Charles Albert David was born on September 15, 1984.
While he is the son of a king, he no longer has use of “His Royal Highness.” But first, let’s look at all of his titles.
- Prince Henry of Wales
- Henry Mountbatten-Windsor
- Duke of Sussex
- Earl of Dumbarton
- Baron Kilkeel
- His Royal Highness, The Duke of Sussex
- His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales (September 15, 1984 – May 19, 2018)
- His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex (May 19, 2018 – February 19, 2020)
- His Royal Highness, The Earl of Dumbarton (in Scotland from May 19, 2018 – February 19, 2020)
- His Royal Highness, Baron Kilkeel (in Ireland from May 19, 2018 – February 19, 2020)
- The Duke of Sussex (February 19, 2020, to Present)
- The Earl of Dumbarton (in Scotland from February 19, 2020, to Present)
- Baron Kilkeel (in Ireland from February 19, 2020, to Present)
From his birth until 2018, he was known as His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales. After his marriage on May 19, 2018, he became known as His Royal Highness, The Duke of Sussex, but when he stepped down for senior royal duties and moved to the United States, which was confirmed by the Queen on February 19, 2020, they although still Duke and Duchess of Sussex would not longer be allowed to use “His or Her Royal Highness.”
At the time of his birth, he was known as “the spare” in reference to his older brother being the heir to the throne. Together they were called the heir and the spare.
He was baptized on 21 December 21, 1984, at S. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie.
His godparents are …
- Prince Andrew
- Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones
- Carolyn Bartholomew (née Pride)
- Bryan Organ
- Gerald Ward
- Celia, Lady Vestey (née Knight)
Prince Harry, as he is most often called, was the world’s most eligible bachelor and was linked to some of the most beautiful women in the world (far too many to name) until he married on May 19, 2018.
Like his mother, Prince Harry does a large amount of charity work, including working to raise awareness of HIV testing. On July 14, 2016, using the royal family’s official Facebook page, he used the Facebook Live feature to do an HIV test.
On December 1, 2016, Prince Harry and Rihanna got tested for HIV in Barbados to raise awareness on World Aids Day. Prince Harry and Rihanna, who hugged each other and posed for pictures with their HIV counselors, gave television interviews after their results came back negative.
The prince said that he believed there had been a “generational gap” around discussing HIV. “The younger generation coming through want to talk about it. But there’s still that stigma”, he said. “So if us getting tested normalizes it and makes a difference, even a small difference, then job well done”.
On Saturday, May 19, 2018, Prince Harry married Megan Markle, and the couple officially became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Early in 2020, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan officially stepped down as “working royals.” According to a statement issued by Harry and Meghan’s communications secretary on their official website, they will retain their titles His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but they will not actively use them “as they will no longer be working members of the family as of Spring. Prince Harry is still a prince by birthright and is still in the line of succession to the throne.