It’s no secret that Prince Harry grew up in a life of privilege. Before marrying Meghan Markle and moving to California, the Duke of Sussex spent much of his life living in a palace. But that changed when he trained and served in the military. The prince learned many lessons during his training at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, including doing things for himself like daily chores.
As one royal author reported, there are a few common household items that we’ve all used before that Harry never touched until he began his officer training.
Prince Harry said being in the military was one of the happiest times of his life
Prince Harry has previously revealed that his time as an active member of the armed forces was one of the best times of his life. In 2017, the future Duke told biographer Angela Levin how much he loved being in the military.
The Daily Mail noted that Harry had told him his time in the military had been the happiest of his life and that was because he was accepted as someone other than a royal. “He told me he was the happiest in the army because he was just Captain Wales,” Levin recalls. “He wasn’t Prince Harry.”
The 2 household items Harry never touched before joining the military
Writer and Royal Historian for Netflix The crown Robert Lacey also spoke about how Harry was treated no differently from others during his military training.
In his book Battle of brothers Lacey explained, “This summer of 2005 saw the perpetual ‘spare’ come to the Royal Military Academy to begin their officer training. When he arrived, along with all the other cadets, Harry had his head completely shaved and had been assigned a room not much larger or different from that of a prison cell. Lacey added that some of the things each of the cadets received included an iron and a toilet bowl brush, which Harry had no experience in using.
“He was given his own iron and ironing board, which he had never used before – and he later admitted that Sandhurst was the first time in his life that he had wielded a toilet brush,” wrote Lacey (by Express).
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Harry graduated from Stardust in 2006 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2008. When it was disclosed that he was serving in the military in Helmand, Afghanistan, he was fired for fear of being a target.
The prince served a total of 10 years in the army, reaching the rank of captain. In 2015, he told Sky News why he chose to leave the military, saying, “I guess in wanting to take on this role a little more, I don’t really feel in the right position to take on the career of ‘more soldiers and take responsibility for continuing to fly.
In 2020, when Harry and his wife resigned as a member of the Royal Family, his positions as Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commander of RAF Honington and Chief Commodore, Small Ships and Diving have been deleted.
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