Prince Harry is, inarguably, a real life Prince Charming. But before he was walking in his mother's charitable footsteps, growing the world's most impressive beard, dating Meghan Markle, and being an otherwise stand-up royal, he engaged in *quite* a few cringe-worthy moments and scandals. Including dressing as a Nazi, using racial slurs, and getting in public scuffles with photographers. Brace yourselves.
For reasons best described as "WTF were you thinking?" Harry attended a circa 2005 costume wearing a Nazi uniform, and understandably experienced major backlash. The Prince ended up apologizing, saying "[I am] very sorry if I caused any offense or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume and I apologize." Meanwhile, Tony Blair's office chimed in by musing "Clearly an error was made that has been recognized by Harry, and I think it is better that this matter continues to be dealt with by [Buckingham] Palace."
At the age of 16, Harry was sent off to rehab for smoking weed and drinking. The prince reportedly visited Featherstone Lodge Rehabilitation Centre in Peckham for just one day at the request of his father. St James's Palace said "This is a serious matter which was resolved within the family, and is now in the past and closed."
Back in 2004, Prince Harry was leaving London's Pangea nightclub when he became displeased by a group of photographers taking his picture. Harry's face was injured, as was a photographer's. "Prince Harry was hit in the face by a camera as photographers crowded around him as he was getting into a car," a spokesperson said. "In pushing the camera away, it's understood that a photographer's lip was cut."
Meanwhile, the photographer said "[Harry] lashed out and then deliberately pushed my camera into my face. The base of the camera struck me and cut my bottom lip. At the same time he was repeatedly saying, 'Why are you doing this? Why don't you just leave me alone?'"
Harry had another incident with a photographer in 2007, but his rep brushed it off, simply saying "On the way out of the nightclub, he stumbled on the curb and fell on the photographer. There was no aggressive intent; they were laughing at it at the time."
We all know how much Prince Harry loves polo, but he was accused of animal cruelty in 2010 when his horse was injured by spurs during a match (note: injury-inducing spurs are not allowed in matches). St James's Palace claims Harry stopped playing as soon as the injury took place, but others claim he kept riding the animal. The Hurlingham Polo Association launched an investigation, and he was eventually cleared of wrongdoing.
Yep, vodka. Apparently this incident went down when Harry was Namibia—and the photos/video were quick to be scrubbed from the internet after being leaked.