The Duke of Sussex is the younger son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. The Duke of Sussex lives at Kensington Palace in London. His Royal Highness carries out public duties in support of The Queen alongside a number of charitable activities and projects.
The Duke of Sussex began his military career as an Officer Cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in May 2005 and after successfully completing his training course, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals). He went on to serve with the British Armed Forces for ten years, where he undertook two operational tours of Afghanistan, the first between 2007 and 2008 as a Forward Air Controller. Shortly after returning to the UK The Duke of Sussex was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with The Household Cavalry. At the end of 2012, he undertook his second tour of duty to Afghanistan, this time as an Apache Pilot, returning at the beginning of 2013. In July 2013, he qualified as Apache Aircraft Commander.
In early 2014 The Duke of Sussex completed his attachment to the Army Air Corps and transferred to a Staff Officer role in HQ London District, where he helped organise the inaugural Invictus Games in London – an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.
In March 2015, Kensington Palace announced that after a fulfilling military career, The Duke of Sussex would leave the Armed Forces holding the rank of Captain. As he left operational service in June 2015, The Duke of Sussex said: "The experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life. For that I will always be hugely grateful."
The Duke of Sussex remains closely connected to the Armed Forces, volunteering with the Personnel Recovery Unit in London District to help improve the welfare of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.
The Duke of Sussex combines a programme of charitable activity alongside his public service in support of The Queen, undertaking official engagements in the UK and overseas.
He is Patron of a number of organisations and spends the majority of his charitable work focusing on the welfare of servicemen and women, championing developmental opportunities for hard to reach children and African conservation.
He co-founded the charity Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers (Sentebale means ‘Forget me not’) to support orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho. Alongside his brother and sister-in-law, he is also Patron of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.
In 2014, The Duke of Sussex created and helped organise the Invictus Games in London. The Games are an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. They use the power of sport to inspire recover, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country. The inaugural Invictus Games held in London saw over 400 competitors from 13 nations compete in nine adaptive sports.
The Duke of Sussex's official titles are His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.
The Duke of Sussex was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) by The Queen in June 2015.