Prince Harry celebrated his 30th birthday Sept. 15 and has morphed from a bad-boy party animal to the world’s most eligible bachelor.
At 30, Harry now has full access to the $16 million his late mother, Princess Diana, left for him. Over the years, the prince has evolved into a responsible young man his mom would have been proud of.
Like Diana, Prince Harry is deeply involved in various charities, including his work with the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style event for wounded and sick veterans. Harry has also traveled to Africa numerous times to support children’s charities, especially those benefiting kids in AIDs-afflicted areas.
Earlier this year, Harry traveled to the South Pole to support Walking With the Wounded, a charity that benefits wounded military veterans from the U.K., Canada, Australia and the United States.
The prince completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan (in 2008-09 and 2012-13), where he earned the respect of his peers for his dedication and down-to-earth personality.
The athletic 6-foot-2 Harry, who has been an army officer since 2006, is a captain in the British Army. In 2011, Harry qualified to fly the Apache combat helicopter after undergoing months of rigorous training.
The Apache is a highly maneuverable, heavily armed battlefield helicopter that is the U.S. Army’s primary attack helicopter. Only 3% of army pilots qualify to fly them.
Now serving as a pilot and gunner, Prince Harry says his primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of ground troops. He admits he has killed Afghan insurgents during his tour of duty, and would do it again to protect his comrades in arms.
“Our job out here is to make sure the guys are safe on the ground,” he said. “If that means shooting at someone who’s shooting at them, then we’ll do it. Take a life to save a life. If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we’ll take them out of the game.”
While he was raised with the finest foods in the most luxurious of environments, the rugged Prince Harry said he made the most of his lackluster meals at base camp.
“Normally [for breakfast] it’s Weetabix and toast, and then a pretty manky box of food comes out, and it’s normally bacon, sausages, eggs and stuff like that,” he said. “I think they put it in a box at about four o’clock in the morning and let it sweat for a few hours.”
While Harry has distinguished himself through superior military service, he’s well known for his charisma and likability, proving himself a prince of the people, author Penny Junor wrote in his biography,