British Royal Family

A brief history on how Prince Harry went from bad boy to Meghan Markle's husband

The evolution of Prince Harry still blows our mind! Before he marries Meghan Markle, we round up his best bad boy moments of all time...

By Chloe Lal

From wild child to the armed forces, there are many facets to Prince Harry and he is more than happy to embrace them all!

And so does his future wife Meghan Markle.

While the American actress may be used to the humanitarian Prince, our favourite incarnation has to be Prince Harry's glory days when he had a major bad boy streak.

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So, you used to be a bit of bad boy?
So, you used to be a bit of bad boy?
It's all part of the charm!
It's all part of the charm!

The cheeky Eton student

When he was 32, during a a tour of Lesotho and South Africa, he admitted during school he always wanted to be a "bad boy."

"I didn't enjoy school at all," Harry told the kids at Ottery Youth Centre in Cape Town.

The youth centre looks after teens from troubled backgrounds something Harry, who was educated at the prestigious Eton College, thinks would have been great for him growing up.

"I would have liked to come to a place like this. When I was at school I wanted to be the bad boy."

Harry may have followed in his royal family's footsteps by attending the prestigious Eton College, but that in no way stopped him from regularly playing up.
Harry may have followed in his royal family's footsteps by attending the prestigious Eton College, but that in no way stopped him from regularly playing up.

During high school, Harry loved to party and smoke the occasional joint.

In 2002 when he was 17, a senior official at St James's Palace confirmed that Prince Charles had sent him to to Featherstone Lodge Rehabilitation Center rehab centre as a cautionary tale

"We acknowledge that on several occasions last summer, Prince Harry experimented with cannabis. It is not that he had or has a serious problem, but he did take the drug," the statement said at the time.

Partying with Yeezy and Jay... Yes please.
Partying with Yeezy and Jay... Yes please.

And who could forget those naked photos of Prince Harry partying in Las Vegas in 2012?

"It was probably a classic example of me probably being too much army, and not enough prince. It's a simple case of that," Harry said of the scandal.

But our darling Prince is a brand new-man.

Speaking at a charity event, he told kids not to bend to peer pressure, "It's much harder to stand up for what you believe in."

Being mean to Wills

Harry never says no to the chance to rib his big brother.
Harry never says no to the chance to rib his big brother.
But at the end of the day he adores Prince William.
But at the end of the day he adores Prince William.

While it's clear the former troublemaker has come a long way, Harry still can't resist teasing his big brother, William.

Speaking to the at-risk youths, he said: "If you've got an older brother that's not into gangs, that's a huge positive."

"Older brothers are supposedly the cool ones. I'm a younger brother but I'm much cooler than my older brother."

And it's not the first time he's taken (playful) fire at Wills...

Check out their best moments here.

"Older brothers are supposedly the cool ones. I'm a younger brother but I'm much cooler than my older brother."
"Older brothers are supposedly the cool ones. I'm a younger brother but I'm much cooler than my older brother."
What's a friendly battle between royal stars?
What's a friendly battle between royal stars?

Who doesn't like a flirty Prince?

Look away, Meghan Markle!

When you're as popular as Harry, you can't help being a bit of a flirt...

It's no wonder the ginger Prince gets reactions like this...
It's no wonder the ginger Prince gets reactions like this...
Alas, we'll never get to see single Harry in action
Alas, we'll never get to see single Harry in action
Which is totally A-OK... Especially when he looks at Meghan like this!
Which is totally A-OK... Especially when he looks at Meghan like this!

Prince Harry reigns supreme when it comes to delivering sass

The reformed flirty royal can always deliver major sass!

Like the time he tricked Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt into losing a race...

That face... It's too much.
That face... It's too much.

Let me add you on Facebook

Who wouldn't want to poke Prince Harry?

Back in the day he went against royal protocol and set up a secret Facebook account under the pseudonym of Spike Wells.

Sadly, Spike had to shutdown his page after the infamous Vegas scandal.

All hail Spike Wells!
All hail Spike Wells!

We salute you, Captain Wales

Indeed, over the years the sixth in line to the British throne has won a legion of fans thanks to his very naughty but ultimately down-to-earth demeanour.

Royal watchers were wowed with his fearless nature when Harry served in the armed forces for ten years.

Who doesn't love a man on a motorbike!?
Who doesn't love a man on a motorbike!?

His time in the Army saw him put to bed his bad boy ways.

After his decade long service, Harry is focusing on his charity work...

And now he has the perfect partner-in-crime with Meghan Markle by his side - ready to suit up for their next adventure!

We'll never forget his camouflage days.
We'll never forget his camouflage days.