PRINCE Harry “upset” and “worried” his father Prince Charles with his “bad boy” behaviour, a royal author claims.
Prince Harry has now settled into happy married life with Meghan Markle, as the pair step up their responsibilities as senior royals and prepare for the arrival of their firstborn. However, in his younger days, the Duke of Sussex worried his father Prince Charles with his poor performance at school and and “bad boy” behaviour. Katie Nicholl, in her 2017 book ‘Harry: Life, Loss and Love’, delves into the prince’s younger years.
She writes: “Charles was understandably upset and worried by the decline in Harry’s behaviour and his poor academic performance at school.”
Harry joined his elder brother Prince William at the elite Eton College in 1998 and attended from ages 13 to 18.
“Being at Eton was not as easy a ride for Harry as it was for William, and he has since revealed: ‘I didn’t enjoy school at all. I wanted to be the bad boy.’”
She adds: “He found the academic work a struggle.”
However, she said William was “hugely popular and academically more able”.
In addition to his troubles at school, 16-year-old Harry landed himself in hot water when, in 2001, he was caught drinking underage at Highgrove’s local pub and smoking marijuana at Prince Charles’ country house.
Ms Nicholl writes: “Charles decided to take a hard-hitting approach, sending Harry to a rehabilitation centre in Featherstone Lodge, South London, where he was made to sit in on therapy sessions for hard-core heroin addicts.”
Despite his poor academic performance, the young prince found success in polo, rugby, and the Eton wall game.
Ms Nicholl explains: “He excelled in sports but found himself a target on the rugby pitch.
She reports how Harry later said: “People would see me on the rugby field as an opportunity to smash me up.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK