During his next school break, Prince Harry traveled with his father to Botswana and South Africa.The trip lifted his spirit and gave him a chance to mingle with the members of the Spice Girls pop group during a concert there.Around this time, he was reportedly informed of his parents' impending separation, which was officially announced that December. After the separation, Prince Harry and Prince William spent their school holidays dividing their time between their parents.
Back at school, Prince Harry faced some academic challenges.
It was decided that he would spend an extra year at Ludgrove before applying Eton College.
All of his extra efforts paid off, as he passed the entrance exam with flying colors. That same year, Prince Harry and Prince William demonstrated their cheeky sense of humor with a surprise 50th birthday party for their father, which featured some comedy sketches poking fun at Prince Charles.
Actors Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson were all part of the act.
Around this time, the princes also met their future stepmother Camilla Parker Bowles—the woman that their father had been involved with on and off for years.
Like some other teenagers, Prince Harry liked to party.With their mother, they engaged in a variety of activities from going on tropical holidays to visiting AIDS clinics and homeless shelters.Following Princess Diana's shocking death from a car accident on August 31, 1997, Prince Harry remained at Balmoral for several days, mourning in seclusion with his family.His mother once described Prince Harry as "very artistic and sporty." At an early age, he developed an interest in riding and hunting.While the family lived in Kensington Palace during the week, they often spent the weekends at Highgrove House, their family's estate in Gloucestershire. To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads.