He is without doubt the most eligible bachelor in England, with an all-action career, famous cheeky charm and all the exotic travel one could wish for to his name.
But his army of admirers were dealt a blow on Sunday when Prince Harry was romantically linked with an American actress.
The Prince, 32, is reported to be seeing Meghan Markle, a 35-year-old actress best known for her role in US legal drama Suits.
The pair are said to have met in Canada during his promotional tour for the Invictus Games, with one source claiming the fifth-in-line to the throne is “besotted”.
The Sunday Express said the actress has already been introduced to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and “fitted in straight away”.
Kensington Palace said they did not comment on private matters, and Ms Markle’s representatives did not return a request for comment.
A source told the newspaper the pair were “taking it a step at a time”, adding: “He’s happier than he’s been for many years.”
Bookmakers yesterday said they were suspending betting on a royal wedding for Prince Harry, having previously offered odds of 12-1 that he would announce his engagement this year, and 5-1 that he would tie the knot in 2017.
Eagle-eyed fans yesterday pointed out several photographs of Ms Markle wearing a blue beaded bracelet remarkably similar to one once sported by Prince Harry.
The Prince has previously spoken of the difficulties of meeting a partner, lamenting that any sign of him speaking to a woman leads to rumours she is “suddenly my wife”.
He has also admitted concerns over the privacy of his partners, after former girlfriends struggled under the spotlight thanks to the behaviour of fans, photographers and a perceived invasion of their private life.
In a candid interview earlier this year, he said: “Even if I talk to a girl, that person is then suddenly my wife, and people go knocking on her door.
“If or when I do find a girlfriend, I will do my utmost… to ensure that me and her can get to the point where we’re actually comfortable with each other before the massive invasion that is inevitably going to happen into her privacy.”
He added: “To be fair, I haven’t had that many opportunities to get out there and meet people. At the moment, my focus is very much on work. But if someone slips into my life then that’s absolutely fantastic.”
Ms Markle, a prolific user of social media, has previously been married to film producer Trevor Engelson, splitting two years after their 2011 wedding ceremony in Jamaica.
Founder of lifestyle website The Tig, which publishes stories on fashion, beauty, food, lifestyle and travel, she is also a global ambassador for World Vision Canada and advocate for United Nations Women, travelling around the world to undertake works for charity.
Writing on her blog in August, in celebration of her birthday, Ms Markle said: “I have to say that when I close my eyes and think of what I wish for, I come up with a blank. A big old happy blank.
“I am feeling so incredibly joyful right now, so grateful and content that all I could wish for is more of the same.”
Ms Markle has previously been spotted enjoying the tennis at Wimbledon in the royal box on June 28 and July 4, and she posted a picture of her visiting Buckingham Palace on July 5 while Prince Harry was in London.
A palace spokesman said: “We wouldn’t comment on a private matter.”
The Telegraph, London