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Royal bad boy to prince charming: How Prince Harry grew up and proved his critics wrong

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Once more famous for his parties and public gaffes than his royal work, Prince Harry is now following in his mother’s footsteps—and winning hearts along the way.


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There was a time, not so long ago, when it wasn’t impossible that Prince Harry might have posed a solemn obstacle for the Royal Family. Those now-infamous photographs of the pant-less prince partying in Las Vegas in the summer of 2012 come instantly to mind.

Then there was the time in the year 2005 when he dressed up as a Nazi for a friend’s 21st birthday party and hit a photographer outside a nightclub. Way back, when he was a teenager, Harry was the naughty one. He used to smoke cannabis and drink alcohol while underage. Some regretful episodes even overshadowed the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

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Fast forward to today, and it’s no exaggeration to say that Prince Harry is a global superstar, and one of the most popular royal. One of his close friends told us recently: “Harry has understood that this is the time to really make a difference. He has a profile, and he wants to use it to do some good and bring about some real change.”

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Harry once joked that his fame has a shelf life and that there will be a time when the media would be more enthusiastic in writing about Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis than him. 

A few years ago he arrived in a podcast with The Telegraph in which he candidly admitted that he’d sought professional help to cope with the loss of his mother nearly two decades after her tragic death. We don’t expect our royals to wear their hearts on their sleeves, but it was also remarkably refreshing. As some have noted, it’s a bit like Diana all over again. Harry is breaking the royal mould in a way we’ve not really seen since the late Princess of Wales.

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It’s perhaps not an accident that this transition has taken place so noticeably in this, the 20th year since Diana’s death, which was always going to be a major milestone for Princes William and Harry. Both princes are strong-minded to keep their mother’s legacy alive. “I buried my head in the sand for many many years,” Harry told The Telegraphs’s Bryony Gordon, perhaps shedding some light on why it has taken so long. Harry vowed that when he was 18 he would continue the work his mother started but never got to finish, and he has stayed true to his word.

Prince Harry is committed and serious about his role. Many feared he lacked direction, but Harry asked people to have faith in him. He has proved his critics wrong.

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