… for his charity works, specifically with disabled servicemen and women Prince Harry has pretty much seen it and done it all.
In his younger days he must have been a nightmare to his father with reports on a daily basis about which club he had fallen out of in the wee small hours, and most won’t have forgotten his misguided fancy dress of a Nazi officer at one party. However, this is a prince of many colours.
He has recently completed his first solo tour – the Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Carribean and Brazil – representing the Royal Family and was an absolute hit with the countries he visited.
This is a prince that attends uber-formal dinners and events, dances with the women of remote villages, treks across the frozen wasteland of the Arctic with injured soldiers and still manages hard drinking nights out at London clubs with his mates.
True, it wouldn’t be done to see his older brother and second in line to the throne William doing such things but, in general terms, Harry is becoming more and more “the people’s prince!”
The 27-year-old will share a stage with the likes of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, who will also be honoured at the Washington event and the gala dinner at the US capital is likely to be a far cry from Prince Harry's usual haunts. The formal gala dinner is organised by the Atlantic Council, a respected global organisation that works to strengthen transatlantic cooperation and international security.
Each year it recognises ‘leaders who represent the pillars of the transatlantic relationship: diplomacy, military, business, humanitarian and artistic achievement’. Prince Harry will be receiving the award for 'distinguished humanitarian leadership' on behalf of himself and his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.
The 27-year-old royal is being recognised for his efforts championing Forces charities like Walking With The Wounded, ABF The Soldiers' Charity and Help For Heroes.
Through the princes' own foundation both tackle the issue of caring for disabled and wounded servicemen and women.