It must be difficult to grow up as the brother of the guy who will be King one day. Prince Harry has taken it all in stride, frequently referring to himself as the spare to the heir. But we’ve seen Prince Harry play polo, and know his competitive spirit plays to win, all the time. Even so, he was raised by Princess Diana, a Lady, and takes his defeats in stride, and usually with a chuckle. And, living a life in the shadow as the brother of the guy who is going to be King one day, does not come without its share of defeats. With Prince William’s perfect wife and perfect life, the shadow must get a little cold for Prince Harry sometimes. That shadow warms up for Prince Harry a little bit this week, who may not be the “perfect man” as Prince William has been recently dubbed, but is keeping the pace with his brother and is now 1 – 1 with William when it comes to knighthood. The BBC reports June 4 that Prince Harry was dubbed a Knight Commander for the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen to honour the Prince for his personal service to the Sovereign.
It is a title and an honour shared by his brother Prince William who was dubbed the Knight of the Garter in 2008. Earlier this week Prince William was dubbed “the perfect role model” by the Telegraph. The Telegraph reported on a conversation with Prince William where Prince William, a huge soccer fan and supporter, was commenting on the FIFA scandal.
That conversation alone led the author of the Telegraph report to dub Prince William “the perfect role model” based on a few remarkable qualities. Those qualities, oddly enough, had nothing to do with knighthood or receiving Scotland’s highest honour. They ranged from the fact that Prince William has kept a trim figure, to serving as an “admirable figurehead in the world of British football.”
The Telegraph also cited Prince William’s seemingly perfect life with the lovely Kate Middleton as one of the reasons he makes the perfect man. The Telegraph also says that Prince William growing up without a mother “without going mad” is admirable, and contributes to his qualities as the perfect man.
Prince Harry may not have the perfect wife and happy life that his brother does, but he shares that point of growing up without a mother with his brother as well. And the Diana effect has certainly been played out in her offspring in a beautiful way. To many Royal watchers, Prince Harry is more and more like his mother every day.
Recent events validate this time and time again, Prince Harry’s recent knighthood is no exception. With this knighthood, a change of life lies ahead for the Prince that appears very “Diana-esque.” The BBC reported June 4 that Prince Harry received the honour of a knighthood this week, and one given by Queen Elizabeth herself.
With this distinction, Prince Harry is making some additional announcements as well. Now that he is a knight without the shining armour, but with all kinds of other really cool perks, Prince Harry has options. As if he didn’t before.
But this turn of events appears to be having a serious effect on Prince Harry, and one that is showing an evolution of a Prince into a true knight. Some changes for Prince Harry are ahead, and our sources tell us it may not be all that long before Prince William and Prince Harry are tied 1 and 1 on the “happy wife happy life” point. But first, he has some work to do.
This week Prince Harry was made Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order according to the BBC. It is the second highest honour in the Royal Victorian Order, and one that marks his notable years of service to the Sovereign in his military work. Prince Harry received the award privately at Buckingham Palace yesterday.
It is one that comes with a slight dose of bitter sweetness for the Prince. With this recognition ends an era for Prince Harry as a member of the Queen’s military service. For the past 10 years Prince Harry is served more than his call of duty to the Queen, and has even served two tours in Afghanistan.
But, 30-year-old Prince Harry doesn’t want a career military life, and is taking his life in a new direction. Does this mean he will be settling down? What do you do with your life after you’ve been awarded one of the highest military honours you can receive?
In addition to the medal and sash seen in the slideshow, Prince Harry also takes on a new title of Sir Harry. What will he be doing with this time? He will be doing what Diana did, and continue to serve the world, and human kind.
During his years of service on the Queen’s Armed Forces he supported charities such as the Sentebale that assisted HIV positive children. He’s also worked with many soldier charities such as Help for Heroes and ABF the Soldier’s Charity according to the BBC. It is projects like these that Prince Harry will continue now that his military work is over.
First on his agenda will be Africa where he is hoping to work with disabled veterans from the UK. But what next?
With Prince Harry, anything is possible. And it appears he is only leaving acting duty in the military. The Prince’s love for the armed forces is clear in many of his non profit endeavours. He also has a special affinity for charities that were dear to his mother’s heart, most notably charities involving AIDS and HIV.
This was a community that was known to be dear to Princess Diana, and one that it appears Prince Harry is very committed to as well. The Prince will be finishing his formal duties with the Royal Army this month, but has been discussing projects like this since he announced in March that he would be leaving active duty for national defense.
But it does seem that the military is a passion of Prince Harry’s, and we are likely to see him involved in many more military projects in years to come. But that Prince Harry is beginning to pull back from active duty, something he loves so much, is raising some eyebrows. Is there a reason that Prince Harry is leaving a job that has him travelling all over the world?
As a knight, he can pretty much do whatever he wants. But, is he going for something a little more grounded? Many sources have been reporting that since Princess Charlotte was born, Prince Harry has been thinking about life a lot more seriously. Could the arrival of his new niece be leading Prince Harry down a wistful path?
It seems to be, as many outlets have been reporting that Prince Harry is getting more and more public about wanting to settle down, and soon. We are also hearing many reports that his first choice would be a blast from the past, and none other than a Miss Cressida Bonas. Prince Harry dated Cressida Bonas for almost two years, and many Royal watchers thought she was “The One” and would be the next Princess walking down the aisle.
But, when a Prince and a ballerina try to juggle normal every day dating schedules, it can be a little hectic sometimes. Cressida Bonas couldn’t cut it, and gave Prince Harry the cut. Palace sources have been saying ever since Prince Harry has been devastated, and has tried to win her back numerous times.
From the sounds of it, he has even been successful. OK! Magazine reported on May 20 that this soon to be knight in shining armour was doing what good knights do to get the girl.
“Harry’s been trying to get Cressy back for a while. He’s been calling and sending flowers, and she finally gave in.”
At the same time, The Guardian was reporting that Prince Harry himself said he wanted to settle down. Prince Harry told Sky News reporter Rhiannon Mills,
“It would be great to have someone else next to me to share the pressure, but you know, time will come and whatever happens, happens.”
Could it be that “whatever happens” has been “happening” with Cressida Bonas all along? Many sources say that Cressida Bonas even visited Kate Middleton to wish her well prior to the birth of Princess Charlotte. That is not exactly typical ex-girlfriendy behaviour. A source close to the palace tells us by email,
“It was out of respect not simply for the Duchess but for the Prince as well. He was touring New Zealand and could not be there for the arrival of his niece. Cressy told him it would be a delight. She and Kate have always been close, and Cressy even confided in her shortly before the breakup. But she’s never really left. He has always been mad about Cressy and she’s always been his perfect girl. It’s true that they haven’t lost touch since the breakup, and I’m not even convinced there was a breakup at all, really.”
If you ask some outlets, they will tell you they’ve already decided Cressida’s wedding dress when she greets Harry will be made by Marchesa. We will hold off on discussing those details just yet. But it does sound very promising for Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas!
That’s also exciting news for royal watchers hoping to catch another glimpse of a Royal wedding in this lifetime. Until then, watch this video and catch a glimpse of the pomp and ceremony for Prince William when he received the Knight of the Garter in 2008.
Are you hopeful that Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas have reunited? Who do you think makes a better knight, Prince Harry or Prince William?