How Prince Harry was a "Royal Bad-Boy" before Meghan came along


For years, Prince Harry has lived in the shadow of his older brother. Given that William is set to be king someday, that’s not too surprising. However, now that he’s become a husband and father, a lot more people are paying attention to the Duke of Sussex. They finally see him as a responsible member of the Royal Family, rather than the rebellious teen he used to be. It’s taken a long time for him to shake off that reputation.

One day in rehab


Plenty of celebrities go to rehab to deal with their problems, and that includes Prince Harry. However, while these stars usually spend a few weeks sorting out their issues, the young royal was apparently only there for a day.

One day in rehab

He’d been sent there by his father who wasn’t impressed by his son’s use of certain substances when he was only 16. Prince Charles hoped the experience would sort out his priorities and keep him on the straight and narrow.

What happens in Vegas


Usually, the rule is that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. However, when you’re a member of the Royal Family, you don’t always get that privacy. The Prince had a wild weekend in Sin City back in 2012 that saw him engage in a game of strip billiards.

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We can’t imagine that’s a favored game of Harry’s family, especially after the disgrace his antics brought them. The man was photographed without his clothes on, and the pictures soon ended up on TMZ. We don’t expect the Queen was particularly proud of her grandson in the aftermath, although he’s since been forgiven.

Biker in the making


When you think about the vehicles that members of the Royal Family drive, old cars and high-tech motors probably come to mind. Many of the senior relatives love their cars vintage, while their children and grandchildren prefer vehicles packed with all the latest gadgets.

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Both have their benefits and are very indicative of what these generations represent. However, one thing you might not expect anyone from the monarchy to drive is a motorcycle. Surely something like that is too dangerous for people with such prestige? Well, not according to Harry, who rode quite a few bikes back in the day.

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Cheating at school


One reason people oppose the wealthy elite is that they can seemingly do whatever they want. The rules that everyone else has to follow don’t seem to apply to them, and that really rubs people up the wrong way.

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Unfortunately, Prince Harry didn’t help that stereotype when he was a student at Eton, because he supposedly had a teacher help him cheat. He didn’t want to write an art paper, so he had an educator do it for him. The scandal was so big that it reportedly involved a dramatic hearing, with the teacher understandably in hot water over their actions.

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Kissing for the cameras


When Harry and Meghan revealed they were a couple, they received a lot of criticism from the public. Some people didn’t think the actress was a suitable partner for the royal, and that mindset didn’t change when the two got engaged.

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One reason they couldn’t warm to Meghan was because of how desperate she appeared to be for public displays of affection. However, it wasn’t necessarily the Duchess of Sussex initiating the PDA. After all, Harry has never shied away from being affectionate in public. Remember when he was caught making out with someone in 2001? There was nothing subtle about their kiss.

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No sense of decorum


It seems that this friend of Harry’s brought out the worst in him. Not only did she have the Prince disregarding all notions of public decorum, but she also had him engaging in pretty lewd behavior.

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Sure, this might have been a bit of harmless fun between two teens, but Harry was still a member of the Royal Family. He had to behave a certain way in public, and this definitely wasn’t it. It left many people shocked.

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Throwing a tantrum


Appearances are everything to the Royal Family. That’s why it’s essential for all members of the monarchy to look and act the right way when out of the house. Unfortunately, Harry has defied that numerous times.

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Throwing a tantrum

There was one incident during the London 2012 Olympic Games where the royal looked less than impressed while he sat with his brother and sister-in-law. He appeared upset and angry as Kate had a conversation with someone on the other side of him.

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Taking a dip


Someone drinking too much and falling into a pool is the kind of thing you get on TV shows and movies. However, it does happen in real life, as evidenced by Prince Harry’s antics when he was younger.

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Taking a dip

It seems the royal had been knocking back a few too many, and he paid the price on the dancefloor. After losing his balance, the man toppled backward straight into the pool. He didn’t seem too upset about it, though.

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Feeling thirsty


Harry’s behavior during his teenage years certainly wasn’t becoming for a prince. However, in light of what happened to his mother, the man had every reason to go a little off the rails. That’s why it’s not too surprising that he had such a thing for drinking when he was younger.

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Feeling thirsty

He’s cooled off now, but a few years ago, he was apparently drinking Champagne out of prosthetic legs. That’s according to actor Dominic West, anyway.

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Day drinking


Harry’s love of drinking was so prominent that he regularly did it during the day, despite the press watching him. In 2002, he was seen enjoying quite a few beverages while with some friends in the trunk of a car.

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Day drinking

Later on, he was pictured downing a strong drink out of a coconut of all things. The man certainly knew how to be the life of the party, and he didn’t care who saw him.

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Reality TV romance


If you thought that an actress was a questionable choice of lover for a prince, what about a Real Housewife? Supposedly, long before Meghan was in the picture, Harry was romancing Catherine Ommanney from the reality TV franchise. According to the woman, the pair enjoyed a passionate kiss or two in 2006.

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Reality TV romance

The royal was apparently very forward in his advances, holding the housewife off the ground as he locked lips with her. Clearly, someone’s a big ‘romancer’.

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Master of the dancefloor


When you think of the Royal Family and dancing, you might assume they like to keep things more traditional. We’re talking about stuff like waltzes and foxtrots, rather than dabbing and flossing. However, while Harry’s relatives might be this way, the Prince certainly isn’t.

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Master of the dancefloor

We only needed to see the man dance to Michael Jackson to realize that. This royal has the moves, and when he was younger, he wasn’t afraid to show them off to the world.

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Too much affection


Harry really doesn’t know how to control himself when he’s in love, does he? Holding hands with Meghan seems like nothing compared to what he’s done with other girlfriends. For instance, he was pictured kissing long-time lover Chelsea Davy back in 2007 when they were at a concert together.

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Sure, that might not seem like a big deal, but it was a significant issue for the Royal Family. PDA is rarely ever an option when you’re in the monarchy.

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No time to talk


Walking out of an interview isn’t something you do when you’re a royal. Even if you don’t love the questions you’re being asked, you have to suck it up and make it through to the end. However, Harry failed to do that while he was being interviewed in Afghanistan in 2013.

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No time to talk

Fortunately, the man had a good reason for walking – or rather, running – out of his meeting with the press. He had urgent military business to attend to.

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Fighting the press


Harry’s relationship with the media has been tense ever since he lost his mom. While he’s learned to control himself around them now, he was in a completely different place back in 2004. That’s why he lashed out at the paparazzi when he was leaving a nightclub.

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He pushed one of the photographers away after they all swarmed around him, resulting in both men getting hurt. Harry was hit by the camera, while the photographer apparently cut his lip.

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An alternate entrance


The royal disliked the press so much that he tried to avoid them at all costs. He didn’t care what it took to get away from them, so long as he got some distance from the cameras. That explains why he took a less than conventional route into a club back in 2010.

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An alternate entrance

Rather than heading in through the front door and facing the media, he entered through the fire escape instead. That’s how dedicated he was to party.

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A significant investment


Considering Harry is reportedly a big fan of motorcycles, it’s not a massive surprise he’s apparently invested so much money in the motors. Several years ago, the Prince supposedly put £11,500 ($13, 900) towards a Ducati Superbike, a vehicle that we definitely wouldn’t catch him riding nowadays.

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The money for this motorcycle formed part of his inheritance from Princess Diana. We’re not sure what she would have thought about her son spending all that money on a bike.

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Always been a rebel


While Harry’s rebellious behavior was often tied to the shock departure of his mother in 1997, it seems he already had a reputation as a bad boy before then. In a letter to her friend Cyril Dickman, Princess Diana revealed that her son was continually getting into trouble at boarding school.

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He was only eight at the time and evidently had a knack for bad behavior. It seems that Harry was always meant to be a rebel.

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Save it for later


It might not be as bad as some of his other PDA incidents, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still rebellious. Harry has been pictured holding hands with his wife numerous times over the last few years, and it’s caused quite the scandal.

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Save it for later

Now that he’s grown up and matured, there’s an expectation for the royal to stop breaking the rules. That’s why people are so shocked whenever they see him being affectionate with Meghan in public.

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Watching his every move


Given how much the royals are trained while growing up, you’d think Prince Charles would have trusted his children to act responsibly without him around. However, it seems Harry’s teenage behavior left the man plenty of reasons to be concerned.

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That’s why he reportedly had Paddy Harveson, a communications chief, watch out for his son as often as possible. The aim of this was to avoid Harry being such an easy headline maker for the press – it didn’t work.

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An honorary rapper


Of all the people you’d expect to see members of the Royal Family hang out with, hip-hop stars don’t rank highly. After all, rappers are typically associated with things like drinking, partying and going against the rules.

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Those are things that the monarchy doesn’t usually support, unless you’re Prince Harry, of course. The man apparently has strong ties with the hip-hop industry, which is why in 2007 he hung out with the likes of P Diddy and Kanye West.

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The party never stops


Prince Harry still hadn’t cooled down his rebellious behavior by the time his brother got married, which is why he reportedly went wild the night before the wedding. Harry was seemingly so pumped for William to tie the knot that he was apparently awake until 3 am.

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The party never stops

Of course, the Prince wasn’t merely chilling out with his sibling before the big day. No, he was supposedly launching himself off balconies and injuring himself, because why not?

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A celebration they’ll never forget


It wasn’t just the night leading up to the wedding that Prince Harry went wild with his brother. Apparently, the royal threw his sibling quite the stag party in preparation for the big day. The celebration set him back £2,500 ($3,000) and got pretty wild.

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A celebration they’ll never forget

Unfortunately, the Palace wasn’t willing to let slip about what happened that night, possibly because things got out of control. All they were willing to say was that there’d been a party.