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From Wildman to Statesman: Prince Harry Through the Years

A photographic journey from his early years to today.

Since the day Prince Harry was born, the world has attentively watched him grow. From his first days in the spotlight to his newest role as fiance, take a look back through the years at the 33-year-old's journey from wild child to Prince Charming.

A Rocky Start Tim Graham/Tim Graham/Getty Images A Rocky Start Princess Diana reportedly endured nine hours of labor with zero drugs during the birth of Harry. In Andrew Morton's 1992 biography "Diana: Her True Story," Diana revealed that Prince Charles had always wanted a girl and voiced disappointment upon Harry's arrival. "His first comment was, 'Oh God, it's a boy.' His second: 'And he's even got red hair.'," the princess recalled. (Pictured: Charles and Diana present Harry to the press outside St Mary's Hospital in London on September 17, 1984, just two days after his birth.) First Year Tim Graham/Getty Images First Year One-year-old Harry in his playroom at Kensington Palace on October 22, 1985. Grandma's Boy Tim Graham/Tim Graham/Getty Images Grandma's Boy At the time of his birth, Harry was third-in-line to the throne, relieving some of the pressure felt by his older brother who, as the future head of the Royal Family, has a more serious relationship with Queen Elizabeth II. In 2017, some speculated that Prince Harry might even be the Queen's favorite grandchild, after a photo of Harry and fiance Meghan Markle received a prominent spot in her annual Christmas message. (Pictured: Queen Elizabeth watches a polo match with her grandsons at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor, Berkshire in 1987.) Young Diplomat Mirrorpix/Getty Images Young Diplomat Prince Harry shakes hands with performers backstage during a performance of Le Cirque du Soleil's Children's Circus in August 1990. Military Minded Martin Keene - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images Military Minded From an early age, Harry showed an interest in all things military, a path he would ultimately follow after his studies at Eton College. (Pictured: Riding in a light tank at age 9 during a visit to the barracks of the Light Dragoons in Hanover, Germany in 1993.) An Unbelievable Loss David Levenson/Getty Images An Unbelievable Loss He was just 12-years-old when his mother died in a car crash, an experience that has forever stayed with him. Opening up about his mother's death in a 2017 interview with The Telegraph, Harry said that he “shut down all his emotions” for almost 20 years, and that he came “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions.” (Pictured: Prince Philip, William, Earl Charles Spencer, Harry, and Charles, walk behind Diana's funeral cortege at Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997.) Eton Days Tim Graham/Tim Graham/Getty Images Eton Days Following in his brother's footsteps, Prince Harry heads to his first day at Eton College on September 3, 1998. The Graduate Pool/Tim Graham Picture Library/Tim Graham/Getty Images The Graduate Harry's reputation as the wild child of the Windsor family was on full display during his time at Eton College. In 2002, after admitting to his father that he had used cannabis, the 17-year-old was sent to Featherstone Lodge Rehabilitation Center for a day where he heard stories of drug abuse from heroin and cocaine addicts. (Pictured: Sitting in his dorm room at Eton, shortly before his graduation in 2003.) Mother's Footsteps Tim Graham/Tim Graham/Getty Images Mother's Footsteps After graduating, Prince Harry dedicated part of his gap year to helping children in need, a cause that was very near and dear to his mother. In addition, Harry has also continued Diana's campaign for a global ban on landmines, becoming a patron of the HALO Trust, a leading landmine charity. (Pictured: Working in the garden with a young boy from the Mants'ase Children's Home in Lesotho, which provides a home for destitute kids, in 2004.) Tabloid Troubles GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images Tabloid Troubles In 2005, 20-year-old Harry found himself in hot water after photos of him wearing a swastika armband surfaced in the press. Following an outcry from Jewish groups and lawmakers, Harry, who reportedly wore the Nazi uniform to a "colonial and native" costume party, later released a statement saying he was "very sorry if I caused any offense or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume and I apologize." The Pride of Windsor Tim Graham/Tim Graham/Getty Images The Pride of Windsor Following that tumultuous period in the spotlight, Harry entered The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. After 44-weeks of rigorous physical and mental training, Harry was made an Army officer at the Sovereign's Parade on April 16, 2006. Queen Elizabeth II, pictured, was even in attendance to inspect her newly decorated grandson. Call of Duty Pool/Tim Graham Royal Photos/Tim Graham/Getty Images Call of Duty Between 2007 and 2013, Harry put his military training to work by serving two tours in Afghanistan. Speaking of his time in combat, Harry recalled, "The military was the university of life. Afghanistan was the experience of your life." (Pictured: Harry patrols the deserted town of Garmsir in Afghanistan in 2008.) Party Prince CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images Party Prince Widely recognized as the more rambunctious of the two royal brothers, Harry's party boy antics have been well documented. In 2012, he landed in the tabloids (again) when nude photos taken during a trip to Vegas were leaked by TMZ. (Pictured: Harry poses with Kanye West and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs during a music festival in honor of Princess Diana in July 2007.) Invictus Games Paul Thomas Invictus Games Toward the end of his military career, Prince Harry started the Invictus Games, an Olympic-type event where wounded or injured servicemen and veterans compete in sports like wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing. This year, Harry will host the 4th Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia. (Pictured: Challenging Mike Tindall during a Wheelchair Rugby Match on September 12, 2014.) U.S. Relations Win McNamee/Getty Images U.S. Relations During a trip to Washington in 2015, Harry became fast friends with President Barack Obama, who even helped the young Prince spread the word about his Invictus Games. During the trip, Harry also made it a point to meet with wounded U.S. military personnel at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. (Pictured: Sitting with Obama in the Oval Office on October 28, 2015.) Headstrong Karwai Tang/WireImage Headstrong In 2017, after opening up about his own struggles with mental health after his mother's death, Harry, along with his brother and sister-in-law, started the "Heads Together" foundation, which aims to destigmatize mental illness. Today, the three royals are actively rolling out mental health programs throughout the UK to ensure people seeking mental health support can get the help they need. (Pictured: Harry greets "Heads Together" runners as they prepare for the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 23, 2017.) A Royal Fiance Handout/Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Image A Royal Fiance After years of on and off girlfriends, Prince Harry was set up on a blind date with actress Meghan Markle. After two years of dating, they announced their engagement to the world. The rest, as they say, is history. (Pictured: Harry and Meghan pose for an official engagement portrait in December 2017.)