The dream job Prince Harry had in mind was firmly rejected by his father, King Charles, prompting him to reconsider his career choices. Despite having many career options available to him, Prince Harry seemed drawn to a simpler path, one that had a special connection to his late mother, Princess Diana.
In his memoir, ‘Spare’, the Duke of Sussex recalls a conversation with King Charles about his postgraduate plans. He expressed his desire to work at a ski resort, particularly that of Lech am Arlberg, which has fond memories of his visits with his mother.
“I had been talking seriously for several years about working at the Lech am Arlberg ski resort, where mom took us,” he revealed. His intention was to work at the town’s beloved fondue shack, a place cherished by his mother. His attachment to this idea did not please King Charles.
“I wanted to work at the fondue shack downtown, which mom loved. This fondue could change your life. (I was really crazy.) But now I’ve told dad that I’ve given up on the fantasy of the fondue, and he sighed with relief.”
Prince Harry said his father used a stern tone when discussing his career path, including when he expressed his ambition to become a ski instructor.
“I was taken by the idea of becoming a ski instructor… Not tense again,” Harry explained, noting that his father had given hints of disapproval.
“‘No way. OK. Long pause. How about…a safari guide?'” Prince Harry suggested, to which King Charles reportedly replied, “No, honey.”
However, after graduating from Eton College in 2003, Prince Harry went down a different path. He spent a year traveling and then joined the army, where he served as a captain and served two tours in Afghanistan.