On the frontlines, Prince Harry is the soldier everyone can relate to, a guy among the guys.
Now that he’s returned from his tour of duty in Afghanistan, however, Harry, 28, has come under attack for everything from being too candid about the war to comparing his skill as an Apache helicopter pilot to his skill at playing video games.
Upon returning from Afghanistan last month, “Captain Wales,” as he is known in the British army, said his time in war had made him a stranger to “normality’ and made headlines again when he suggested that he had killed insurgents while there.
“I don’t know what normal is anymore,” he said. “In the last day I was there, a 7-and-a-half-year-old girl got shot down by the insurgents. So normality is [a] very, very ambiguous thing, if you know what I mean.”
“You get asked to do things,” Harry added. “You get asked to do things you would expect to do wearing this uniform, and that is as simple as that really.”
Now that he’s back in England, attention has also returned to the young prince’s love life. While his older brother, Prince William, prepares to welcome a royal heir with wife Kate Middleton, Harry remains a bachelor.
“I don’t think you can ever be urged to settle down,” Harry said in a series of interviews with the British media. “If you find the right person and everything’s right, it takes time, for myself and my brother.”
Harry brought longtime girlfriend Chelsea Davy to Kate and William’s wedding in April 2011, but that romance fizzled after nearly seven years when Davy reportedly couldn’t stand the limelight and paparazzi pressure that came with Harry’s royal title.
In April, reports stated that Harry was “smitten” with Mollie King, 24, a member of the all-girl pop group The Saturdays, after the pair was spotted by British paparazzi singing karaoke with friends at London’s Bunga Bunga club.
Prince Harry’s latest rumored paramour was Cressida Bonas, the daughter of 1960s model Lady Mark-Gaye Georgiana Lorna Curzon. Bonas and Harry were first spotted together at the London premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” last July and reportedly partied together at the Necker Island estate of Virgin mogul Sir Richard Branson just before Harry’s infamous trip to Las Vegas in August.
Now that romance has reportedly cooled too, a split rumored to be caused by Harry’s time away in Afghanistan and Bonas tiring of the circus that surrounded him in England.
“All of the women who like him for him, don’t want to take on this huge role,” Victoria Murphy, royal reporter for the U.K.’s Daily Mirror, told ABC News.