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14 Things You Didn’t Know About Prince Harry

He may be in the public eye often, but the former royal has a few secrets! Here are 14 things you didn't know about Prince Harry.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex tour of Australia - 17 Oct 2018Tim Rooke/Shutterstock

He was so excited to become a dad

Even before his wife, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was expecting, Prince Harry talked about his wish for children. “I can’t wait for the day, so it will be fantastic,” Harry told ABC News in 2016, just months before he met Meghan. “I’ve got a kid inside of me. I want to keep that. I adore kids. I enjoy everything that they bring to the party. They just say what they think.” Now that he’s a father, Harry can’t get enough of his son, Archie.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex tour of Australia - 27 Oct 2018Shutterstock

He created a sports competition for veterans

One cause close to Prince Harry’s heart is the support of wounded veterans, so he established a sports competition called the Invictus Games to help them overcome their mental and physical injuries. “I’m lucky enough to watch someone who should be dead run the 100 metres,” he told ABC News. “You want the definition of inspiration? That’s probably it. No one wants sympathy—all they want is an opportunity to prove themselves, and that’s what this is all about.” Harry and Meghan just attended the fourth Invictus Games, in Sydney, Australia.

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Fields Of Remembrance Service at Westminster Abbey, London, UK - 08 Nov 2018Shutterstock

He’s a veteran himself

Prince Harry actually served for ten years in the British military, where he was called “Captain Wales.” He was in combat on the front lines in Afghanistan but was pulled out for security reasons when his secret deployment was revealed. “I felt very resentful,” he told Newsweek. “Being in the army was the best escape I’ve ever had. I felt as though I was really achieving something.” He described to ABC News feeling “broken” over leaving his fellow soldiers behind. But, he did get to return a few years later. “I wanted to prove that I had a certain set of skills—for instance, flying an Apache helicopter—rather than just being Prince Harry,” he told Newsweek. “I also felt I was one of the lads and could forget I was Prince Harry when I was with them.”

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Prince Harry With Team U.k. 'walking With The Wounded' Soldiers At The Launch In Trafalgar Square For Their Race To The South Pole. Guy Disney Ibrar Ali Richard Eyre Kate Philip Duncan Slater. Picture David Parker 14.11.13.David Parker/Associated Newspapers/Shutterstock

He trekked to the South Pole

In 2013 the adventurous prince completed a 200-mile trek to the South Pole along with 12 wounded servicemen and women from the United Kingdom, the United States, and around the British Commonwealth. Originally a competition between the countries, the expedition’s director decided to turn it into a team effort after rough conditions made racing too dangerous. “All in all, mission success,” the prince said in a video from the South Pole posted on BBC News. Harry had been on part of a similar 2011 expedition to the North Pole but left early to attend the wedding of his brother, Prince William.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex tour of Fiji - 25 Oct 2018Matt Baron/Shutterstock

He hates Twitter

“I quite hate Twitter,” he told teens at an event, reports the Daily Mail. Although he’d like to use the platform to promote his charitable causes, “invasion of privacy” issues have him concerned. “I would love to tweet about things I care about but it’s a fine line between what you should do and what you can do, and what other people want to know and what you don’t want them to know,” he said.

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Prince Harry visits the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre, Lympstone, Devon, UK - 13 Sep 2018Shutterstock

His name isn’t Harry

When his engagement was announced, royal fans around the world were shocked that the Prince Harry they’ve watched all his life wasn’t actually named Prince Harry, but (wait for it)…Prince Henry! His full name, as his official bio notes, is Prince Henry Charles Albert David. Harry is, somewhat oddly, a British nickname for Henry, and that’s how the public got to know him. Interestingly, if Harry ever took the throne, he would be King Henry IX, the first of that name since the wife-beheading King Henry VIII.

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Invictus Games, Toronto, Canada - 27 Sep 2017Shutterstock

He doesn’t want to be king

As sixth in line to the throne, it was unlikely Prince Harry would ever wear the crown anyway, which may be a good thing—he seems to believe the saying “heavy is the head” that wears it. “Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time,” he told Newsweek. Even though he has now stepped down from his royal duties, he once said, “Even if I was king, I would do my own shopping,” he told the magazine, Harry thinks people need to believe in the monarchy’s mystique. “We don’t want to dilute the magic,” he said. “The British public and the whole world need institutions like it.”

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Prince William and Prince Harry leave tribute to Princess Diana at the gates of Kensington Palace, London, UK - 30 Aug 2017