Prince Harry has made several revelations in his memoir Spare – including that he first took cocaine aged 17.
He revealed that he was offered a Class A drug at someone’s house during a shooting trip – and also experimented with magic mushrooms.
While the revelation has shocked some royal fans, it was no secret that Harry once had a reputation for being a party animal. He also had a smoking habit, which he was reported to have given up when he met Meghan.
The Dukes of Sussex were the ultimate royal party boys, with reports of alcohol-fuelled trips and regular nights out at the Mayfair club Mahiki.
Prince Harry, pictured at the Chinawhite Club in central London, was often pictured on wine nights in his teens and 20s
The youngest son of the king was frequently thrown out of nightclubs and featured on the front pages of newspapers creating pranks.
His antics worried the royal family so much that in 2002, five years after the death of his mother, Princess Diana, 17-year-old Harry was checked into a rehab clinic in Peckham, south-east London.
Harry, pictured enjoying a drink in Belize in 2012, reportedly enjoyed alcohol-fuelled trips abroad when he was younger
It was reported at the time that King Charles was concerned after his youngest son admitted to smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol at private parties at Highgrove.
After the report emerged, a spokesman for St James’s Palace told the News of the World: ‘This is a serious matter which was resolved within the family, and is now in the past and is closed.’
Although it is believed that Harry did not spend much time at the centre, called Featherstone Lodge, it was reported that he was taken there for the day to give him a ‘short, sharp shock’.
The Mail on Sunday reported at the time that Harry was involved in a police investigation at the Rattlebone Inn in Malmesbury, Gloucestershire. It was thought that the young prince had become involved in a mock fight and allegedly also swore at a French employee.
The pub’s landlady told the newspaper Harry was ‘forbidden’ and ‘everybody knows’ – although she later told the PA news agency that any and all members of the royal family are welcome on the premises.
However, Harry’s partying habits persisted with his antics often being caught on camera over the years as he battled the limelight.
The young prince was once taken to a rehab center in South London for a day to ‘shock’ him when the Palace became concerned about his partying.
Prince Harry has been banned from the Rattlebone Inn Fair Highgrove after allegedly getting involved in a ‘mock fight’ and swearing at a member of staff.
In 2004, after leaving the Pangea nightclub near Piccadilly, he famously got into a ‘scuffle’ with the paparazzi.
At the time, a spokesman for Prince Harry said: ‘Prince Harry was hit in the face by cameras as photographers crowded around him as he got into a car. While pushing the camera away, it was understood that the lip of a photographer had been cut.
The following year, Harry found himself embroiled in further controversy when he attended a fancy dress party hosted by Olympic show jumper Richard Meade dressed as a Nazi.
The then 20-year-old made headlines around the world after the pictures appeared on the front page of The Sun newspaper.
After the party, a source told the Daily Mail: ‘If it was his idea of a joke it went down like a lead balloon.’
Harry issued a heartfelt apology shortly after the image was published.
He said: ‘I am very sorry if I have caused anyone offense or embarrassment. It was a poor choice of outfit and I apologise.
Harry reportedly partying at the Goring Hotel before being best man at Prince William’s wedding in 2011 (pictured walking past Westminster Abbey with William)
The Duke of Sussex has since gone on to address the incident, in both the Sussexes’ Netflix documentaries, Spare and Harry & Meghan.
In the documentary, he recounts his embarrassment at the error of judgment and reveals how he had met with Holocaust survivors and London’s chief rabbi in the wake of the controversy.
However, in a quote from Spare’s, he tries to pin the blame for the incident on the Prince and Princess of Wales.
page six As Harry alleges he suggested she adopt a ‘Native and Colonial’-themed outfit for the party, Kate and William ‘howled’ at the idea of her dressing in Nazi regalia.
Quiet years followed for the young prince as Harry set up his charity Sentebale and carried out projects in Botswana and Letotho (the charity’s co-founder is Prince Seeso of Lesotho).
While he still enjoyed a good night out, the Duke of Sussex has been wise enough to go under the radar – and was even reported to have gotten in and out of the Chelsea nightclub embargo via a fire escape in 2010 Was.
And he continued to party in secret — reportedly enjoying a late-night drinking session the night before he was due to play clean-cut best man at Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton.
A source told the Daily Mail that Harry was out with Chelsy Davy and Pippa Middleton until 3am on the night of William’s wedding, and left the party venue (The Goring Hotel, where Middleton was staying) with a huge jump from the top. Due to which his ankle was injured. ,
The source said: ‘People were surprised to see him there so late before one of the biggest wedding days of the decade, and were even more surprised when he jumped off the balcony – and landed with a thump.
‘He had struggled to climb over the railing to get into position, so when he leapt over the edge he did so unsteadily and landed awkwardly next to a flower bed.’
He said: ‘People were laughing and joking that from his fall he could be seen walking through Westminster Abbey the next morning with a broken leg. At one point it appeared that his ankle was twisted.
Later that year, Harry was featured for his antics on a wine-fueled trip to Hvar in Croatia the following year.
Then aged 26, he was pictured during an ‘out of control’ party at an open nightclub Veneranda with two models, Ana Simovic, 23, and Svetlana Gavrilovic, 28.
Posing with Jodie and her friend Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip, 25, he wore a T-shirt given to him by club owners saying he needed dry clothes.
The Daily Mail reported that Miss Gavrilovic described the prince as a ‘true gentleman’.
She said: ‘He saw us and came over to say “hi”. I was very surprised by how friendly he was.
Staff at Veneranda later told how the prince was enjoying a ‘wild’ night out, adding that nothing ‘stopped’ him from passing out by the pool while dancing to house music and downing £5 shots of tequila Can go’.
After years of cleaning up his image during his service in Afghanistan and through his philanthropic work, Harry arrived at the club on the Adriatic island at 2 a.m. after drinking vodka, whiskey and beer at a local bar.
It was reported that Harry continued to order drinks despite running out of money, before his security officers settled the bar tab – with staff not initially realizing they were performing a royal service.
However, Harry’s wine-soaked Croatia holiday was relatively free of controversy, despite being photographed enjoying himself on the dancefloor.
But the following year, her trip to Las Vegas made headlines again when a leaked nude photo after a game of ‘strip billiards’ began circulating online.
The game took place during a party at the Wynn’s Encore hotel in Nevada Party City, where approximately 25 people were in attendance, including 15 ‘party girls’.
Grainy photos of the prince emerged after they were published by TMZ, of him and several others getting naked during the game – which led to Harry being questioned over the incident by his father and personal security officers.
A decade after the controversy, Harry addressed it in a podcast with Hollywood actor Dax Shepherd.
Speaking on the armchair expert, he said ‘at least I wasn’t running down the strip, stripping or naked’ When Shepherd said he was having ‘a party’, he laughed off the incident.
Addressing the incident once again in his memoir, Harry reveals that when he arrived at Clarence House to face the music, his father was softer on him, and more understanding than he had expected.
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