Prince Harry has a plethora of career highlights under his belt thanks in part to his decade-long stint in the British Army.
You may be surprised to learn that Prince Harry once dreamed about working at a fondue hut…
Prince Harry blames his father for not allowing him to chase his unusual dream. In his tell-all memoir, Spare, the father-of-two spoke candidly about his future ambitions post-Eton. Sharing a glimpse inside his career conundrum, the Duke of Sussex penned: “For several years I’d talked in all seriousness about working at the ski resort in Lech am Arlberg, where Mummy used to take us.”
The dad-of-two revealed that as a young man, mulling over what he’d fill his time with during working hours, he wanted to work at a ski resort. Specifically, he wanted to work at the fondue hut in the centre of the Austrian village of Lech am Arlberg, before more seriously considering becoming a ski instructor.
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He explained: “For several years I’d talked in all seriousness about working at the ski resort in Lech am Arlberg, where Mummy used to take us. “Specifically, I wanted to work at the fondue hut in the centre of town, which Mummy loved. That fondue could change your life. (I was that mad.) But now I told Pa I’d given up the fondue fantasy, and he sighed with relief.”
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The 38-year-old Duke claimed that his Dad, unimpressed by his son’s alpine career ambitions, poured cold water on the idea. Harry also claimed that the then-Prince Charles shot down his next career suggestion too. Writing in his tell-all memoir, Prince Harry said: “I was taken with notions of becoming a ski instructor… Pa tensed again.”
Noting his Dad’s disapproval, he added: “Out of the question. OK. Long pause. How about… safari guide?” The then-Prince of Wales is claimed to have replied: “No, darling boy.”
Despite going on to enjoy an extremely diverse career, Prince Harry is particularly grateful for his time in the army. During his intimate chat with Anderson Cooper on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Harry explained: “It got me out of the spotlight from the UK press. I was able to focus on a purpose larger than myself, to be wearing the same uniform as everybody else, to feel normal for the first time in my life.
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Aside from his military career, Harry has joined forces with his wife Meghan Markle on a number of projects. The Sussexes signed a deal with Netflix in 2020, and although the exact worth is unknown, it is thought to be close to $100million.
In December 2022, they released their Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, and just last week, Prince Harry shared a first glimpse of his upcoming Netflix show about the Invictus Games. And royal fans won’t have to wait long as the film is set for release on 30 August.
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