Although they may no longer be senior members of the royal family, it's easy to think that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are the most popular royals. But a lot of that has to do with Harry, who's been one of the most beloved royals for
years. He just recently became a dad of two, and these photos of Prince Harry over the years show how he's grown from his mother's sweet boy into a caring, devoted husband and father who cares so much about others.
Like many, Prince Harry went through a time of struggle, during which he was not all that popular. He's even spoken about those years in interviews, explaining what was going on in his young life and heart that made him rebel against the stricture of royal life. The death of his mother, Princess Diana, at the age of just 12 hit him hard, and he
bottled up that grief and channeled it into mischievousness, according to Newsweek.
Eventually, though, he said he "
pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good. I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people and making them laugh," he told Newsweek in 2017.
That turnaround was one of the best things to see for fans, as Prince Harry seemed to take charge of his life and future. The life he's living now just showcases to the world what a great second act can follow heartbreak.
1 First Uniform
The official Instagram account of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated a visit to Nepal from Prince Harry with a throwback photo to his first visit in the country. "The Duke of Sussex has had a longstanding connection to The Ghurkas and the people of Nepal beginning at a very young age," the image was captioned.
2 A Skeptical Boy Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images 3 The Long Walk Sion Touhig/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Nothing was more tragic than watching Prince William and Harry weather the storm that arose following their mother's death. Their grief was palpable during those few instances when they made public appearances, including the funeral procession that took place in September 1997.
4 Smiling Again MJ Kim/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 5 The Wolf Of Wall Street WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Both Prince William and Harry took part in an
event to raise funds for BGC Partners. The company lost 658 employees in the 9/11 attacks and now hold an annual fundraiser on the date. On the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2013, the princes joined stock traders in making deals, according to ITV. 6 Time Out On Vacation Julian Herbert/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Family time became more important than ever after the death of Princess Diana. For instance, in 2002
Prince Charles took a ski trip with his sons, Harry and Prince William. 7 Trooping the Colour Scott Barbour/Getty Images News/Getty Images
On their way to 2003's Trooping the Colour, the Queen's birthday celebration, the princes waved to their adoring fans.
8 So Lifelike! Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
It's no secret that the young prince was a popular with girls. When his wax statue was unveiled at Madam Tussaud's, it gave more ladies than ever the chance to get up close and personal with the royal for a pic of their own.
9 Cuddling Up In Sydney Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
visit to Australia with Meghan Markle wasn't his first time in the country. In 2003, he got up close and personal with a couple of koalas at the Taronga Zoo, according to INSIDER. 10 Early Military Training Getty Images/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Prince Harry's military career began early and seemed a natural fit for the wilder of the royal brothers. In the photo above, according to PopSugar, he drills with members of the Eton College Combined Cadet Force, a program sponsored by the Ministry of Defense. 11 Working Man Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images
Back in 2004, the
prince visited a children's charity in Lesotho where he rolled up his sleeves and got to work. It was part of a two-month working trip he took with his charity, Sentebale, according to The Telegraph. On the trip, the newspaper reported, he met an orphan that he was later reunited with during his 2015 trip to the country. 12 Great Relationships Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Harry shared a laugh with his father's brand-new wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, during Trooping the Colour in 2005.
Prince Charles and Camilla tied the knot in April that same year, according to Good Housekeeping. In Harry: A Biography Of A Prince, Prince Harry said there is no ill will between him and Camilla, according to the International Business Times. "She’s not a wicked stepmother. Look at the position she’s coming into. Don’t feel sorry for me and William, feel sorry for her,” he said. 13 Time Out In The Alps Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
The family stopped for a break and a photo-op during
their ski weekend in Klosters, Switzerland. There was a mild upset during the shoot as the prince was overheard muttering criticism of the press, according to Getty. 14 Getting Cozy Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 15 A Heart Of Gold Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images
Harry's kind heart was already starting to show in 2008 as he met with patients at University Hospital in Cardiff. That smile indicates a love for this kind of work that just can't be faked.
16 Never Too Old For Fun WPA Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Long before he was a dad, or even a husband, people saw the kind of connection with children that made everyone know he'd
be a great dad. In the photo above, according to Marie Claire, he's seen at the WellChild awards in London. 17 Always Represent Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images
Even when he's having fun he's doing it to benefit others. In this photo, Harry is seen participating in a polo match on behalf of
his African charity, Sentebale. The group works to better the mental and physical health of children affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana. 18 A Prince For All Occasions Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Some confusion seemed to be taking place over one of the trophies at an event Harry attended in 2011. No doubt he brought the situation quickly under control with his trademark humor.
19 Back To Being A Student Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images 20 Impressive Feats WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
The Invictus Games are one of Harry's biggest projects. In this photo above, he may have been scouting out some talent as he watched a rowing demonstration at the
River and Rowing Museum in London. He was visiting the Row2Recover team, which is comprised of wounded warriors, according to PopSugar. 21 Posing With Friends And Fans WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 22 Speaking To The World Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Harry chatted with staff and students at Siyabonga Secondary School in South Africa during a visit. He spoke about how his 10 years in the Army helped shape him into a leader, according to Ghana Now. 23 Always A Prince Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
launch event for the Invictus Games held in Orlando in 2016, NBC's Jenna Bush Hager asked him if he'd be interested in dating her sister, Barbara, according to The Mirror, to which he jokingly replied: "We can maybe talk off air." 24 Learning The Ropes WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Nazhath Faheema, a
Muslim Youth Ambassador of Peace, was the lucky one chosen to sit by the prince during a Ramadan breaking fast meal on his trip to Singapore, Channel News Asia reported. She educated him on the tradition of breaking fast with dates and porridge. 25 Happy Couple Anwar Hussein/Getty Images News/Getty Images
After getting engaged to American actress, Meghan Markle, in 2017, the couple sat down with the BBC where they
openly spoke about their relationship and each other for the first time. “It’s hugely refreshing to be able to get to know someone who isn’t necessarily in your circle, doesn’t know much about me, I didn’t know much about her, so to be able to almost start fresh, right from the beginning, and getting to know each other step by step, and then taking a huge leap of only two dates, and then going on holiday in the middle of no where together,” he said. 26 No Nerves Here WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Back in May 2018, was Harry feeling jitters on his
wedding day to Meghan Markle? He certainly didn't appear to be. Just awash with excitement for this step that would start his next phase of life as a husband and father in addition to heir to the throne. 27 Story Teller Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
Harry has absolutely no problem with talking in front of the public, and he’s actually amazing at it. Cameras captured Harry telling a story during his 2018 tour of Australia with his wife who was pregnant at the time with their first child.
28 New Dad Joy WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Nothing has been more endearing than watching Harry become a father for the very first time. The new dad's
interview with reporters announcing the birth of his son, Archie, was a moment of unbridled joy we rarely get to see from a member of the royal family. And while introducing his baby boy to the world with Markle a few days later, Prince Harry adorably showed off his dad humor. "He's already got a little bit of facial hair as well, wonderful. It's in the family," he joked as he held Archie in his arms. 29 Like Father, Like Son Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
In September 2019, just a few short months after their son’s birth, Harry and Meghan took Archie on their tour to South Africa, where
he met Archbishop Demond Tutu for the first time. Prince Harry could not look any happier next to his mini-me. 30 Happy In California
After moving to California in 2020, Harry made an appearance on
The Late Late Show with James Corden where he took an informal tour of Los Angeles and revealed that he knew his wife was the one after the second date. 31 Bearing His Soul
Harry and Meghan
sat down with Oprah Winfrey in March, where they candidly spoke about the moments that led up to their decision from stepping down as senior members of the royal family. 32 A Warm Welcome Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images
Harry appeared during the televised concert,
Vax Live! in May, where he spoke of the importance of vaccine equity to a stadium filled with people. 33 Brother Bonding DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Harry appeared alongside his brother, Prince William, for the first time since his explosive interview during a statue unveiling in honor of their mom’s 60th birthday.
34 The Prince Harry You Can’t See
In a multi-part documentary series on Apple TV+ that debuted in May, Harry sat down with a therapist, where he talked about his emotional well being, giving people a look at “the me you can’t see.”
Never change, Harry. The world needs you just the way you are.