But in the past few years, Prince Harrry has developed into a mature, thoughtful young man who is an asset to his parents and his country.
Now, news stories focus on his service in the Armed Forces and his charity work with African orphans and wounded servicemen.
No one can fail to be impressed by the royal whose charisma and commitment have won the nation's heart.
As he prepares for an important role in his brother's wedding, hellomagazine.com takes a look at why Harry is the nation's best man too.
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