Prince Harry 'wants quick results' with work unlike 'strategic' William

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Prince Harry’s working style is in stark contrast when compared to his brother Prince William, a royal author has suggested. Royal correspondent Valentine Low, who wrote the newly-published book Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown, described the Duke of Sussex as a “man of action”, while his brother is more “strategic” when it comes to charitable work.

Mr Low told “Harry has always been someone who wants quick results, he is a man of action. And you can see that with the Invictus Games, from when he had the idea to when it actually happened in the UK it was about a year.

“That was pushed through by Harry’s dynamism and wanting to get something done.

“William is much more of a strategic person. Harry measures success by instant results – which is not a bad thing, but I don’t know if he’s got such a long-term vision.”

Prince Harry found the inspiration for the Invictus Games during his tour to the United States in 2013, when he visited athletes taking part in the Warrior Games – a multi-sport event for wounded, injured or ill service personnel and veterans organized by the US Department of Defense.

As noted by Mr Low, the following year Harry was already launching in London his own multi-sport competition, albeit open to ill, wounded and sick service personnel and veterans from across the world.

The legacy-making Games, the next edition of which will be set in Germany in September 2023, are widely considered one of Prince Harry’s most successful initiatives to date.

Mr Low also discussed William and Harry’s different approaches to their work in his book, with a source believing this was down to the princes’ “different characters”.

The insider told Mr Low: “With William, we tended to do things that were a little bit more behind the scenes, more kind of long-term.

“Harry tended to want to do things that resulted in instantaneous action. He was much more interested in getting behind charities that were able to do something there and then, that day.

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“As a result of his visit, there would be tangible input. Not that William was not interested in that, but he was much more long-term thinking, much more strategic.”

In 2020, prior to stepping down as a full-time working member of the Firm, Prince Harry was holding 16 patronages – including the Rugby Football League and WellChild.

After he and his wife Meghan Markle relinquished their roles as senior members of the Royal Family two years ago, the Duke and Duchess had to return to the late Queen all their royal and military patronages as well as their posts of President and Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

Despite his relocation to the US, Harry has shown a continued dedication to his remaining patronages and kept in touch with them either via in-person visits or video calls.


Most recently, the Sussexes travelled to Europe in September to attend a few events linked to charities close to their heart.

For Harry, these were Invictus, which held a one-year countdown to its next tournament in Germany, and the WellChild Awards, which put the spotlight on brave children who live with life-limiting or severe illnesses.

While Harry and Meghan were able to attend the former event, they had to miss the latter as it took place on the day Queen Elizabeth II’s passed away.

Nevertheless, the Duke reached out to the children who were awarded during the nights and their parents via video link to hear their stories from the event and catch up with them.

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