Prince Harry Always Thought He’d Get Married Before His Brother: “I Wanted It So Badly”

But that's not what happened

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their wedding in 2018
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It’s been almost six years since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged vows at St. George’s Chapel, and nearly 13 since Prince William and Kate Middleton were wed. But according to the Duke of Sussex, 39, he thought the order would’ve been reversed.

In his memoir Spare, Prince Harry revealed that he always imagined he’d be married and have children before his older brother.

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Why, exactly? According to the memoir, King Charles was already 35 by the time Harry was born, but Harry wanted to be a younger and more active father to his own kids.

“I’d always assumed I’d be the first to be married, because I wanted it so badly,” he wrote, referring to the preparations required for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011.

As we know, the Duke of Sussex didn’t meet his wife, Meghan Markle, until 2016—five years after the now-Prince and Princess of Wales celebrated their wedding. Harry and Meghan dated for two years before marrying in the spring of 2018. (They had their first child, Archie, in 2019; Will and Kate had their first son, George, in 2013.)

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In the memoir, Harry also addressed the rumors that he gifted Prince William Princess Diana’s famous sapphire engagement ring when he realized the relationship between William and Kate was headed for marriage. “Absolute rubbish: None of it ever happened,” the Duke of Sussex wrote, noting that his brother had their late mother’s ring all along.

Keep the stories coming, Harry.

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