Prince Harry’s Name Isn’t Actually Harry And People Are Only Just Realising

People are puzzled after finding out that Prince Harry’s first name isn’t actually Harry.
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People are only just realising that Prince Harry’s name isn’t actually Harry. 

Many members of the royal family have differing titles, and some of them go by completely different first names. 

In keeping with royal tradition, Prince Harry, 38, has a rather lengthy full name.

While he’s best known as Prince Harry, he’s more formally known as the Duke of Sussex and to others, just plain old Harry.

To his wife Meghan Markle, he’s known by the even simpler moniker of ‘H’.

However, some people are only just realising that Harry isn’t his actual name at all.

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The Duke was born Henry, and with Harry being a popular nickname for people called Henry, it caught on and he’s never shaken it since.

Incredibly, his full name is 18 words long – imagine writing that on a Christmas card.

Prince Harry’s official title is: “Prince Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton, Baron Kilkeel, formerly Prince Harry of Wales.”

The Duke himself has said he has ‘no idea why’ people call him Harry instead of Henry.

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King Charles’ youngest son told Entertainment Tonight: “My name is Henry as well.

“But everyone calls me Harry. I have no idea why.”

While the 38-year-old has been Prince Harry to the public for the vast majority of his life, official documents and ceremonies do use his real name, Henry.

For example, Clarence House announced the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a statement that read: “His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle Are Engaged to Be Married.”

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Many fans have taken to social media and said they had no idea about his real name.

One person joked on Twitter: “I was today years old when I found out that Prince Harry’s real name is Henry.”

Another said: “Did y’all know that Prince Harry’s real name is Henry? Because I literally just found out as I was reading Archie’s birth certificate (don’t ask why) and my whole life’s a lie.”

Prince Harry
Prince Harry’s real name is actually not Prince Harry at all. Credit: Alamy

“I was today years old when I learnt that Prince Harry’s real name is Henry,” added a third. “Like Harry is a nickname. How is HARRY a nickname?”

Just to throw some more names into the mix, while Prince Harry served in the military between 2012 and 2013, he was referred to as Captain Harry Wales.

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Prince Harry recently stepped down from royal duties and technically is without a title.

It’s believed that he hasn’t signed any documents with his HRH name since ‘Megxit’, instead signing off as Harry, Duke of Sussex.

But if the Duke was to use a surname, he would be allowed to use the royal family surname, Mountbatten-Windsor, which is a combination of Prince Philip’s last name and George V’s surname.

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The royal family website explains: “The Queen’s descendants, other than those with the style of Royal Highness and the title of Prince/Princess or female descendants who marry, would carry the name of Mountbatten-Windsor.”

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.