Prince Harry’s Educational Journey: From Eton to Military Service

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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - October 28: THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX'S VISIT TO NEW ZEALAND: Engagement 4. Call by the Leader of the Opposition Hon Simon Bridges and his wife Natalie Bridges, Government House. October 28, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, has led a fascinating life—one that includes both royal duties and personal pursuits. While his educational background may not follow the traditional university path, it is no less remarkable. Let’s explore Prince Harry’s educational journey and the unique choices he made along the way.

Early Education

Prince Harry, born Henry Charles Albert David on September 15, 1984, received his early education at Wetherby School and later attended Ludgrove School. These preparatory schools laid the foundation for his future endeavors.

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Eton College

Rather than pursuing a university degree, Prince Harry chose a different path. He attended the prestigious Eton College, an independent boarding school in England. Eton College has a rich history and has produced many notable alumni. Here, Prince Harry honed his leadership skills, developed lifelong friendships, and immersed himself in a rigorous academic environment.

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Military Training at Sandhurst

Prince Harry’s commitment to public service led him to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. In May 2005, he embarked on ten months of intensive training to become an army officer. His commission as a cornet into the Blues and Royals, a cavalry regiment of the British Army, marked the beginning of his military career.

Active Duty and Deployments

Prince Harry’s dedication extended beyond training. He was deployed on active duty to Afghanistan twice. His first deployment was in 2007–2008, where he served for ten weeks in Helmand Province. His second deployment was for twenty weeks in 2012–2013, this time with the Army Air Corps.

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Beyond Military Service

Inspired by the Warrior Games in the United States, Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games in 2014. As the founding patron, he remains involved in a non-royal capacity. Additionally, alongside his brother William and sister-in-law Catherine, he initiated the mental health awareness campaign “Heads Together”.

Duke of Sussex and Family Life

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In 2018, Prince Harry was made the Duke of Sussex prior to his wedding to American actress Meghan Markle. The couple has two children: Archie and Lilibet. They stepped down as working royals in January 2020, moved to Meghan’s native Southern California, and launched Archewell Inc., a mix of for-profit and not-for-profit (charitable) business organizations.


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