Prince Harry (His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales) is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He was born 15 September 1984 and is third in the line of succession to the thrones of 16 Realms including Australia Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
His mother died in 1997. Prince Harry, then 13 walked with his brother, father and grandfather behind the funeral cortège from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey .After schools and a gap year in Australia and Lesotho, where he worked with orphaned children and produced the documentary film The Forgotten Kingdom, Prince Harry, enlisted in the Army . He was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Blues and Royals of the Household Cavalry Regiment.
The British Ministry of Defence and Clarence House made a joint announcement on 22 February 2007 that Prince Harry would be deployed with his regiment to the front line in Iraq and served for 77 days on the front line in the Afghan War.
To protect his unit from excessive attention by the enemy, the Department of Defence withdrew him after his presence was revealed by an Australian magazine.He is to be best man at his older brother Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton to Kate Middleton on 29 April 2011.
In October 2008, to pass the tests to fly military helicopters and was presented with his wings by his father on 7 May 2010.
Having since passed his Apache flying test, it is reported that he may return to Afghanistan.
...sense of duty permeates...
Washington Post correspondent, Marie Cocco wrote in the ContraCostaTimes on 1 March 2007, under this telling headline: “U.S. upper class more stuck up than Britain's royalty, ” that that it takes no nostalgia for the Crown to hear the honour in Prince Harry’s vow -- and to wince at the contrast with the US much larger force in Iraq, from which, she declares, the sons and daughters of the American well-heeled and the well-known are largely absent.
She says this sense of duty in the Royal Family is no new thing. Older generations remember it in the Second World War, when The King and The Queen, as well as the Royal Family, stayed with the people. Prince Harry’s grandfather and his father saw distinguished service. More recently, in the Falklands war, Prince Harry’s uncle, Prince Andrew, also rode, or perhaps more correctly, flew into battle.
Prince Harry encapsulates a long standard in our Royal Family, a sense of service. This is complemented by a strong sense of charity, of helping those less fortunate than he.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives at Circular Quay Sydney on 5 November 2013 to farewell two injured Australian soldiers - Corporal Seamus Donaghue, left, and Private Heath Jamieson - before they depart for London to join Prince Harry for the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.
They had met him at Kirribilli House on his recent visit to Australia. The men said they were excited that Prince Harry was to join them as that would be an inspiration for wounded service men and women in Australia the Commonwealth and across the world.
"I was delighted to have been afforded the opportunity to meet His Royal Highness Prince Harry on behalf of all ACM supporters", says Jai Martinkovits ACM's Executive Director who was invited to the Sydney home of our first Executive Director Prime Minister Tony Abbott
"It was an honour to have been invited by Tony Abbott, ACM's first Executive Director, to Kirribilli House. The Prime Minister remarks were most fitting, uniting all Australians no matter what their views on the republic debate."
Why don't the republicans just lighten up? There are now upset because when he welcomed Prince Harry to Kirribilli House, the Prime Minister Tony Abbott said: "Prince Harry, I regret to say that not every Australian is a monarchist, but today everyone feels like a monarchist."
The chairman of the Australian Republican movement took umbrage at this.
As ACM's ACT Convenor Gary Kent says, it is because they are so bereft of any significant support.
The Prime Minister added these facts which the Australian Republican movement would no doubt prefer people did not recall:
"You grace us as your family has graced our nation from its beginning and it's quite fitting on a day such as this, when we think back over 100 years of the Australian navy, that you are here as the crown is a symbol of stability, continuity, decency in our public life."
According to Lauren Wilson writing in The Australian the comments from Mr Abbott, "once an executive director of Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy, were attacked as political and divisive. Australian Republican Movement chairman Geoff Gallop said they were 'totally inappropriate'.and 'divisive''.
He later told SKY television that people would feel better under a (politicians') republic. Gary Kent pointed out the vast number of Australians who have come out to welcome Prince Harry, The Queen and Prince William.
Mr Abbott's colleague Malcolm Turnbull, a prominent republican, dismissed the remarks. "I never feel like a monarchist," he told the ABC. "I am glad the royal charisma overwhelmed everyone, even the Prime Minister."
Lauren Wilson asked Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy's national convener about the ARM complaint. The National Convenor said the comments were "highly appropriate" and that the republican movement "shouldn't get so hung up".
"It was meant as nothing more than a welcome gesture and I am told by people who were there that it was appreciated. What he said was light, it was amusing, and it just indicated that while people had different views about the constitutional future of the country, there was widespread appreciation of the Prince."
The point surely is that instead of again getting the taxpayers to pay for some republican model to be put to the people, the republicans should go somewhere, work out what they want and then explain to the Australian people how the new constitution they want would improve the government of Australia and why we should have a new flag.
Prince Harry spent most of his visit to Perth visiting SAS troops and their families at the Campbell Barracks in Swanbourne. He met past and present members of the unit, toured the base and joined families of fallen SAS members killed in the line of duty to lay wreaths in their memory.
The commanding officer of the SASR, known only as Lieutenant Colonel G, told Perth Now that the prince's visit was an honour and a privilege.
"Prince Harry knows whatit means to serve his nation on operations and most importantly what it means to the families of those serving,'' Lieutenant Colonel G said.
"Families play a critical role for those serving in the SASR and indeed the whole of the ADF, and we are thankful that the families of some of our serving, former and fallen members were able to be here today.''