At the height of his youth, Prince Harry used to be known as “quite a wild lad” but all of that changed when he met his wife, Meghan Markle, a bombshell new book has claimed.

Before meeting and falling for Meghan, Harry had spent around a decade in the military and was well known in the press for being a party prince.

Often snapped visiting nightclubs and festivals, he even enjoyed a now infamous trip to Las Vegas in 2012, where naked pictures of him sent the world into a frenzy – something the Duke himself even addressed last year.

"At least I wasn’t running down the Strip, stripping, or more naked, at least," he quipped on the Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd podcast.

But now that party-hard lifestyle appears have become a thing of the past, as Harry has settled well into his life as a devoted husband and dedicated dad to his two young children, Archie and Lilibet.

In a new book penned by royal commentator and journalist Valentine Low, entitled Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown, Valentine delves deep into the background of the young Prince as he detailed how both Harry and his older brother Prince William were appointed their own private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton before becoming full time working royals.

When it came to William, Lowther-Pinkerton had the task of helping the Prince of Wales to "steer a course through life" – but when it came to Harry, it was "more complex”, writes Valentine.

"The younger prince was a dashing figure, flying an Apache helicopter, and was heavily committed in the area of children’s health, with charities like Well Child. But he also used to be quite a wild lad."

"When Harry was young, it was easy to forgive him, his transgressions. But at what point does a wild lad become a seedy old roué? At the time, it was nothing to worry about: just something to keep an eye on.

"Eventually, of course, the problem would resolve itself, but not in a way that Lowther-Pinkerton or anyone else imagined. The wild lad died the day Harry met Meghan Markle."

The book, which was published on Thursday, came shortly after a royal expert insisted that Harry and Meghan must decide if “they want all or nothing”.

“Charles, Camilla, William and Kate are entering a new era of the institution," royal commentor, Duncan Larcombe told OK! . "It’s up to Harry and Meghan whether they want all or nothing.”

He then continued: "When William and Kate became the Prince and Princess of Wales, one of their first jobs was to reach out to Meghan and Harry, and Charles explicitly affirmed their relationship in his speech, no matter what has been said and done.

"In my opinion, it's only Meghan and Harry who can decide what they want. Do they want to forgive and forget, creating unity with the royal family?

"Or do they want a wholly separated life in California? They cannot have both."

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