The lowest point in Prince Harry’s life took place several years ago while he was still fighting as a soldier in the Army.

In 2006, the Duke of Sussex was informed that he could be sent to Iraq after the Minister of Defense (MOD) announced that he would be deployed. The sudden change in their plans was due to the realization that Prince Harry is a royal and his status could bring him unwanted attention, which could risk the lives of more soldiers.

The decision reportedly shattered Prince Harry’s spirit, and he quickly realized how being a royal was getting in the way of his attempts at living a normal life. In the book “Prince Harry: The Inside Story,” royal biographer Duncan Larcombe discussed the incident.

“With this statement, Prince Harry’s dreams of serving his country in the frontline appeared to be in tatters. It didn’t matter how good he was as an officer, or how hard he trained to convince his superiors he was ready, it seemed he would never be allowed to fight because of who he was and what he represented,” he said.

Larcombe went on to say that throughout the Prince’s life, he had to cope with a slew of low moments but the U-turn on his deployment to Iraq was the worst. One of the main reasons why Prince Harry pursued a life in the Army was because being there meant no one cared about his royal status.

“This was a hammer blow for Harry. As a prince, there were few careers open to him… Life in the Army was all he had dreamed as a young boy… One of the appeals of being a soldier was that it satisfied his yearning to be ‘normal,’” Larcombe said.

Prince Harry’s disappointment with the decision was played down by Clarence House. But Prince Charles’ team said that they were very disappointed that Prince Harry would not quit the force as a consequence of the decision.

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Prince Harry is pictured attending a Commonwealth Day Youth Event on March 11, 2019 in London, England. Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images