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You know Prince Harry? Grandson to Queen Elizabeth, husband to Meghan Markle. and father of Archie, person who quit the royal family? Well, a couple fun facts about his name: first of all, it’s not Harry. It’s Henry!
And while we’re at it, his full name is Henry Charles Albert David, which begs the question,
does Harry just not have a last name? Well, it’s complicated due to a bunch of various rules and proclamations, so let’s get into it.
No, Harry Doesn’t Technically Have a Last Name
Due to being royal, Harry doesn’t have a last name like us mere mortals. In fact, the official name listed on his son Archie’s birth certificate is His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex.
However! Back when he served in the military, Harry used the last name “Wales” and was known as Captain Harry Wales, according to a circa 2011 Telegraph article.
While Harry doesn’t technically have a last name, his son Archie uses Mountbatten-Windsor. Why, you ask? It’s a little complicated. This name came into royal use back in 1960, when the Queen and Prince Philip decided they wanted their non titled descendants to have their own special last name.
The royal family’s website states that “The Queen’s descendants, other than those with the style of Royal Highness and the title of Prince/Princess, or female descendants who marry, would carry the name of Mountbatten-Windsor.” Which is why Archie (who doesn’t have a title!) uses the last name and Harry (who is a Prince!) does not.
In case you’re curious, “Mountbatten” is the last name of Prince Philip’s maternal grandparents, while “Windsor” is the surname George V gave his descendants before Elizabeth switched things up.
Prince Harry was required to use his legal name on Lilibet’s birth certificate, which is “The Duke of Sussex, His Royal Highness.” This title is shorter than the full name he used on Archie’s certificate,
where he listed himself as “His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex.” With Archie, he,
too,listed his occupation as “Prince of the United Kingdom.”
Though Meghan had to use her maiden name on Lili’s birth certificate,
she is still using the Duchess of Sussex title in other areas of her life. Her new children’s book,
The Bench, lists the author as “Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.” The Archewell website also addresses Meghan as the Duchess of Sussex.
The Duke and Duchess’s daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was born on Friday,
June 4 at 11:40 a.m at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. She is named after both her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth, and her late grandmother, Princess Diana. The Duke and Duchess have yet to release a photograph of baby Lili.
If Henry is Prince Harry’s actual first name, why isn’t he known as Prince Henry?
It transpires that while Prince Harry was originally named Henry, Harry is actually a diminutive of Henry.
“Henry” is still used for formal occasions, such as the announcement of his wedding to Meghan Markle, for example.
So what is Prince Harry’s full name, then?
As Harry gives up the title of “His Royal Highness” in March, you can formally address him as (deep breath) Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor as of this spring. Or, as he evidently prefers it, just Harry.
Because of Princess Diana’s desire that Harry and his elder brother,
Prince William, experience the world beyond royal privilege, she took them as boys on public transportation and to fast food restaurants and stood in line with them at Disney World. Determined that they “have an understanding of people’s emotions, their insecurities, people’s distress,
and their hopes and dreams,” she also took Harry and William with her when she visited homeless shelters, orphanages, and hospitals. Diana’s death at age 36 had a profound impact on Harry. The image of him at age 12 walking solemnly with William behind Diana’s casket as it was carried through the streets of London did much to endear Harry to the British people.
Like William, Harry attended a sequence of private schools before entering prestigious Eton College. After graduating from Eton in 2003,
Harry visited Argentina and Africa and worked on a cattle station in Australia and in an orphanage in Lesotho. Instead of going to university, Harry entered Sandhurst—Britain’s leading military academy for training army officers—in May 2005. He was commissioned an officer in April 2006.
Harry being in the line of succession to the British throne, he was often the subject of media attention. In January 2005 he encountered intense criticism when he attended a party wearing a Nazi uniform with a swastika armband. The prince later apologized for what he conceded was a serious error of judgment.
Royal Wedding and Children
In April, Kensington Palace issued a statement that said no formal invitations would be issued to political leaders for the big day,
thereby breaking with a longstanding tradition at British royal weddings. A New York Times source at the Palace said that 600 friends and family members would be invited, based on capacity at St. George’s Chapel,
and that another 1,200 members of the public would join Prince Harry and his bride at Windsor Castle to celebrate.
Shortly afterward, it was revealed that Prince William would be Prince Harry’s best man at the wedding. Harry had filled that role at his big brother’s wedding in 2011.
With his marriage at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018,
the Queen officially conferred her grandson with the title Duke of Sussex, as well as the additional titles Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.
That October, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were expecting their first child the following spring. On May 6, 2019, their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, arrived at 5:26 a.m. He is seventh in line to the British throne.
“It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine,” he said. “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. But we’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful to all the love and support from everybody out there. It’s been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody.”
On Valentine’s Day 2021, Prince Harry and Markle announced they’re expecting their second child, a daughter. Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on June 4, 2021, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.