Royal Rebel! Prince Harry's Most Scandalous Moments

From controversial costumes to nude photos, celebrate Harry's birthday by looking back at his most shocking scandals

When you're the children of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, you're bound to make headlines as often as possible.

While Prince William has been on the cover of magazines and newspapers for his humanitarian work, relationship with wife Kate Middleton, and the birth of their newborn son, George Alexander Louis, Prince Harry has made headlines for, err, different reasons.

The wild child of Kensington Palace is known for his hard-partying ways, playboy lifestyle, and inability to keep his clothes on (not that we mind!). Check out the dashing prince's 10 most controversial stunts.

When Harry Went to Rehab at 17

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Don't be fooled by Harry's gorgeous ginger locks and innocent smile, the then 17-year-old was up to no good! In 2002, a staff member alerted Charles after he smelled marijuana. Charles then confronted his youngest son about his illegal drug and alcohol use. Harry confessed, and he was sent to rehab for one day to talk to recovering drug addicts.

When Harry Was Accused of Cheating 

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In 2005, Harry's former teachers at Eton College confessed that they helped the prince cheat his way though an A-level art course because he was such a "weak student." One teacher claimed to completing work that was published in newspapers around the world, while another helped the prince insert text into a project. Prince Harry and Eton denied the cheating accusations.

When Harry "Attacked" a Paparazzi

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Another day, another paparazzi scuffle for the royal family. When the 20-year-old prince was leaving a night club at 3 a.m., he was hit in the face with a camera. Harry pushed the camera away from him, only to cut the photographer's lip in the process. According to Clarence House, Harry was "defending himself." The photographer, Chris Uncle, said that he did nothing to provoke the prince, and that he just lashed out at him. 

When Harry Was a Nazi for Halloween

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Harry could have been anything for Halloween. He could have even matched his older brother, Prince William, as a lion! But instead, Harry opted for one of the most controversial costumes of all time -- a nazi. In a statement issued by Clarence House, "Prince Harry has apologised for any offence or embarrassment he has caused. He realises it was a poor choice of costume." Poor choice is right!

When Harry Used Racial Slurs

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In a self-made video, Harry was caught calling an army colleague a "Paki" and telling another that he looked like a "raghead." As expected, Harry came under fire by Muslim groups and the Pakistani public for these slurs.

When Harry Snorted Vodka

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Prince Harry knows how to party, but does he party too hard? Photos emerged of the prince snorting vodka while on vacation in Namibia. According to medical experts, snorting vodka can lead to internal damage or death. Maybe Harry should stick to drinking next time.

When Harry Was Accused of Animal Cruelty

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Prince Harry made headlines on the polo field in 2010 -- and they weren't about how sexy he looks in a polo uniform! The rough rider was accused of animal cruelty after his horse was stabbed by one of his spurs. A source claimed that Harry continued to play, despite the visible injury. However, his reps confirmed that the prince stopped playing once he spotted the injury. Animal welfare groups everywhere accused Harry of being "heartless."

When Harry Jumped in a Pool Fully Clothed

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It's getting hot in here -- so keep on all your clothes? After a night of drinking and dancing, Harry decided to take a late-night dip fully clothed while at a nightclub on Croatian Island. Harry didn't let being soaked from head to toe ruin his groove.

When Harry Partied in the Nude 

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What happens in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas! After a night of drinking and a game of strip pool, TMZ posted photos of the royal in the buff. In one photo, he is holding onto his "crown jewels," while hugging a nude woman in another.

When Prince Harry Licked and Kissed a Fellow Soldier

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Finally, a controversial stunt that didn't receive negative criticism! A video emerged of Harry kissing and licking a fellow soldier. Harry also told the soldier that he "loved him." According to human rights activist Peter Tatchell, he found the public display as "very liberal" and a "clear gesture for somebody who is heterosexual." Keep those thumbs up, Harry.

Teresa Roca is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.

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