Why We Love Prince Harry

by Patty Anasco, Senior Manager for Customer Experience

Not only is he getting ever so close to a royal engagement (have you thought about how beautiful his and Meghan’s babies will be?), Prince Harry is also gaining a brand-new royal baby nephew or niece to spoil, and the world just got better.

How is he the perfect romance hero, you ask? Let me count the ways:

 

He’s not only a prince, he was also a captain in the British Army Air Corps.

He’s been called an “instinctive flyer” while flying Apache helicopters and was even awarded the best copilot gunner trophy among his cohort of 20.

He’s continued his mother Diana’s legacy of charity work.

When he retired from the military in 2015, he made the decision to work with veterans and kids. He’s currently the patron of the HALO Trust, a land mine removal charity once made famous by Princess Diana, the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Walking With The He also founded the Invictus Games in 2014, an international Paralympic-style week-long event for injured servicemen and ‑women around the world.

He’s been open about his struggles.

Much has been written about his wild younger years (from drinking and drugs to that infamous naked billiards incident in Las Vegas). In the last year, he’s opened up about his mental health struggles stemming from his mother’s death and, alongside William and Kate, has urged an end to the stigma surrounding mental health issues to make sure young people are encouraged to talk.

 

He loves kids.

“The most important thing for me in life is kids,” he once told the audience at a fundraising event. It’s no surprise that a number of charities that Harry supports are focused on children. He even has English Rugby Football Union coaching qualifications and is now a patron of the Rugby Football League. He is also, presumably, George and Charlotte’s favorite uncle because isn’t he really just one giant kid at heart?

 

He threw down a protective love shield for Meghan.

When the tabloids announced he was dating 35-year-old American actress Meghan Markle, she was inundated not only with intrusive press but downright sexist and racist trolling across the internet. On November 8, 2016, Prince Harry released an unprecedented and very strongly worded press release condemning the press and their actions as well as appealing to the public to allow them to have their relationship in private. Both have since been quiet about their relationship but that hasn’t stopped us from hoping for a royal wedding, and soon!

 

Just days from now, Prince Harry will be in Toronto for the Invictus Games, a mere 12 miles from Harlequin headquarters, and you better believe I’ll be there, not only to enjoy the games, but also maybe to swoon at His Royal Adorableness from afar.

In the meantime, why don’t you enjoy these imperfectly perfect princes from Harlequin Presents? They’re not Harry but I love them just as much.

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Patty Anasco is Harlequin’s Senior Manager for Customer Experience. She is a romance re-reader and a recovering fanfic writer. If you ask nicely, she’ll send you Prince Harry fanfic by text message.

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Comments ( 6 )
  1. Kate
    September 13, 2017 at 1:12 pm
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    You write fanfic about Prince Harry? That’s so sweet and completely charming.

    I remember the night Princess Diana died. It just didn’t seem real. Losing a parent is difficult at any age, but it’s almost unfathomable when such a tragedy strikes a child. My heat goes out to all those who suffer such a loss.

    • Cecelia Dowdy
      September 13, 2017 at 4:53 pm
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      Kate, I recall the night Princess Di was killed. Awful. I stayed up late watching the footage with a close friend. So sad. I also remember when she got married to Prince Charles. I got up early to watch the wedding (it was around the same day as my birthday). I was in high school and it was a BIG DEAL. It was during the summer and I recall folks talking about that wedding. So exciting (at least it was for me then).

      I also got up early to see Prince William marry Kate. My hubby could not believe I was getting up to watch the wedding, but, I did! I even celebrated with British breakfast treats spread with international, high-quality butter!

      • Kate
        September 14, 2017 at 6:10 pm
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        All weddings are special, but royal weddings do have a cachet of their own, don’t they? I like how you became an honourary Brit for the day (or early morning). It’s nice to make (and take) the time to do those special things for ourselves once in a while.

    • Patty
      September 15, 2017 at 8:59 am
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      Thanks Kate! I really only write about Harry going to the market and buying scones and groceries because of course, he’s like the rest of us, right? 🙂

      • Kate
        September 15, 2017 at 2:40 pm
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        Oh, absolutely like the rest of us – with maybe a slightly bigger house and tiny bit more of an internet presence. 😉
        I think your fanfic sounds charming.

  2. Cecelia Dowdy
    September 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm
    Reply

    I can’t recall ever seeing an inter-racial(?)(Black female/White male) couple on a Harlequin Presents before! (not to imply it has not been done, I’ve just never seen it.) Kinda hard to keep up with all of the titles and covers for several decades of wonderful romances! Kudos to Harlequin! I especially love the Maisey Yates cover! Stunning! Beautiful! I just ordered the book! Looks like some wonderful reading!

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