The prince issued a statement apologizing for his "poor choice of costume," but that didn't stop the roar of disapproval. The costume party unfortunately came just two weeks before Europe marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. A former armed forces minister, Doug Henderson, said Harry should withdraw from Sandhurst.
"I don't think this young man is suitable for Sandhurst," Henderson told reporters. "If it was anyone else the application wouldn't be considered."
Just a few months earlier, in October 2004, Harry got into a scuffle with a photographer outside a London nightclub. A week before that, a former art teacher at Eton claimed that she had helped the young prince cheat on an exam, an accusation Clarence House angrily denied.
While still a student at Eton, Harry had also made headlines for drinking and smoking pot. Prince Charles reportedly was so disturbed by this that he made Harry tour a drug treatment center as a warning.
As the spare heir, Harry has always been somewhat overshadowed by his older brother, William, and that's been true in academics, too. William is in his last year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, but Harry decided to skip the college experience and go into the military.
It's really the only career acceptable for a royal, aside from sitting on a throne. Prince Charles served in both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy after finishing his studies at Cambridge. Prince Philip, Harry's grandfather, served in the navy and saw action during World War II. Prince Andrew, Harry's uncle, was a navy helicopter pilot in the Falkland Islands War. Another uncle, Prince Edward, now Earl of Wessex, was subjected to public ridicule when he quit the marines during training.
If he completes his training, Harry can expect to join the Household Cavalry. He would spend at least six years in the army.
And while Harry will be accorded the basic courtesies at Sandhurst, it won't be a cakewalk, the sergeant major who will have charge of the young prince told The Sun last month.
"Prince Harry will call me sir. And I will call him sir," Warrant Officer 1st Class Vince Gaunt said. "But he will be the one who means it."