- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 8, 2003

LONDON — Prince Harry, the third in line to the British throne, is revealed as an artistic and sporty teenager in a series of intimate photographs released yesterday to mark his departure from high school this week.

The photographs include shots of Harry, 18, relaxing in his study, posing in front of his artwork, playing sports and parading with his fellow military cadets at the exclusive Eton College at Windsor.

A snapshot of his desk shows a framed black-and-white photograph of his mother, the late Princess Diana, along with bikini-clad pinups, music posters and an Indian artwork hanging on the wall behind.

Another picture of the prince, wearing a paint-spattered apron over his school uniform of white bow tie, black tailcoat and pinstripe trousers, highlights two works of art by the teenager.

The abstract, aboriginal-style paintings featuring lizardlike creatures have already been acclaimed by some critics as better than the watercolor efforts of his father, Prince Charles.

Harry’s elder brother, Prince William, paid tribute to his sibling’s artistic talent in a recent interview to mark his 21st birthday.

“Harry can paint, but I can’t,” William said. “He has our father’s talent while I, on the other hand, am about the biggest idiot on a piece of canvas.”

Waldemar Januszczak, the Sunday Times art critic, said the paintings were “far more progressive, individualistic and interesting than his father’s watercolors. … They are good examples of an adolescent imagination looking for meaning.”

Other shots show the prince shining his military parade boots and joking around with a statue of a Gorgon, a frightening female Greek spirit like Medusa, in the gardens of the school.

The photographs, splashed over Britain’s newspapers yesterday, were released by the royal family on the eve of Harry’s departure from Eton College.

The British media came to an informal agreement with Charles’ office at St. James’s Palace after Diana’s death in 1997 that both boys would be allowed to have as normal an education as possible.

But some tabloid newspapers have threatened to use snatched paparazzi photographs of Harry and William if they are not given more access to the brothers.

Harry is expected to take a year off after completing his schooling, following the example of William, who is studying art history at Scotland’s St. Andrews University.

Press reports suggest that Harry will then follow the traditional royal route of serving time in the armed forces. He is reported to be considering joining the army and training at the prestigious Sandhurst academy.

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