Prince Harry's Party Days: Gone, But Not Forgotten

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On Saturday, May 19, Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle in front of their closest family and friends — and, of course, the rest of the world. While much attention is being paid to the Suits star's past, not quite as many people are recalling Prince Harry's younger days. Maybe we should, because long before Prince Harry was the charitable and diplomatic royal he is today, he was kind of a party boy who had a long list of public scandals.
There's zero question that growing up on a public stage comes with its own challenges. Any Hollywood child star will tell you that, and that's without the strict rules and regulations that come with being a royal. In honor, though, of Prince Harry officially settling down with Markle, let's take a look back at some of his crazier moments. It was quite the wild ride, but at least he came out on the other side.
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The Time He Spent A Day In Rehab

At age 16, Prince Harry allegedly "experimented" with marijuana and alcohol, causing his father Prince Charles to take him to drug rehab facility... for an entire day.
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The Time He Wore A Nazi Uniform

In 2005, tabloids published photos of a then 20-year-old Prince Harry wearing a Nazi costume while at a private party.

After intense backlash, Harry issued a statement:

"[I am] very sorry if I caused any offense or embarrassment to anyone... It was a poor choice of costume and I apologize."
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The Time He Snorted Vodka

While on a trip to Namibia in 2007, Prince Harry was photographed allegedly snorting vodka. Weird? Yes, and apparently, also pretty dangerous, as the alcohol hits your bloodstream at a much faster rate than if you were to indulge in a chocolate martini. As far as scandals go, this one was quickly forgotten.
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The Time He Was Accused Of Cheating

Per The Guardian, in 2005, a former educator of Harry's alleged that her peers at Eton College helped Harry pass his A-level exams by less-than-ethical means. Harry vehemently denied any wrongdoing, as did the other teachers accused.
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The Time He Used Racial Slurs

In 2009, a 2006 video surfaced of Harry using racial slurs to describe a fellow soldier. According to a statement from St. Jame's Palace, the term was not meant as an insult:

"Prince Harry fully understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offense his words might cause," the statement reads. "However, on this occasion three years ago, Prince Harry used the term without any malice and as a nickname about a highly popular member of his platoon. There is no question that Prince Harry was in any way seeking to insult his friend."
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The Time He (Maybe) Made Out With A Housewife

A "real housewife," that is. In 2006, former Real Housewives of D.C. star Catherine Davies alleged that she had spent a flirtatious evening with Prince Harry, which culminated in a long kiss.
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The Time He Was Naked In Vegas

Prince Harry was photographed by The Sun getting naked during a "strip billiards" game while partying in Vegas in 2012. In an interview with BBC News after the scandal, he apologized for letting his family down, but also blamed the media for sharing photos taken in a private residence.

"At the end of the day I was in a private area and there should have been a certain amount of privacy that one should expect," Harry told the BBC. "It was probably a classic example of me probably being too much Army and not enough prince. It's a simple case of that."
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The Time He Hit The Paparazzi

Are you really famous if you don't get into at least one scuffle with the paps? In 2004, Harry allegedly hit a paparazzo after leaving a London nightclub.

According to The Guardian, a Clarence House spokesperson insisted it was an accident: "Prince Harry was hit in the face by a camera as photographers crowded around him as he was getting into a car," the representative said. "In pushing the camera away, it's understood that a photographer's lip was cut."

However, the photographer had a different take on the situation, and stated that the royal "deliberately lashed out."
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The Time He Drank Champagne Out Of A Leg

Scandal or just insane story? According to actor Dominic West, who was with Prince Harry during a trip to the South Pole for the organization Walking With The Wounded, he and the royal enjoyed champagne from a prosthetic leg. Don't worry; the owner of the leg was very much in on it.
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The Time He Partied Into A Pool

Really, haven't we all been here? Prince Harry got a little too dance-y while out partying in Croatia, and ended up soaking wet in a pool while wearing jeans and a button-down.
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The Time He Was Too Into PDA

There's an unspoken rule that royals don't get too friendly with their loves in public. (Prince William and Kate Middleton rarely hold hands in public.) Harry threw away that rulebook when he was dating ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy, whom he smooched publicly all over the place.

While Harry and Markle may not be making out at a polo match, the prince and his soon-to-be bride are definitely more affectionate in public than Prince William and Middleton. Is it just a personal preference, or has Harry's rebellious side not died quite yet?
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