HARVEY Price is best known as the eldest child of Katie Price.
The teenager was born with rare genetic condition called Prader-Willi syndrome and is now entering full-time care so that he is able to be more independent life and learn new skills.
How old is Harvey Price?
Harvey Price celebrated his 18th birthday in coronavirus lockdown.
He was born May 27, 2002 and has Prader-Willi syndrome – he is also partially blind and on the autistic spectrum.
Price has four half-siblings from his mum’s former marriages to Peter Andre and Kieran Hayler.
These include, Junior, born in 2005, and Princess, born in 2007, Jett, born in 2013, and Bunny, born in 2014.
Why is Harvey Price going into care?
On January 14, 2020 The Sun exclusively revealed that Harvey is being moved into a residential college in a move to teach him how to have a more independent life and learn new skills.
His mum Katie, 42, said about the decision: “It breaks my heart. I don’t want him to think I’m just getting rid of him.”
The pair have spent six months visiting colleges for children with autism and learning disabilities and have settled on the Northern Star long-term living accommodation in Cheltenham, Gloucs.
Katie has sent in Harvey’s application, and is expecting to hear back in March.
Mum-of-five Katie added: “This is his chance to live an independent life, learn skills and socialise with people other than me.
“I need to learn to let go but it’s tough — anyone in my position knows how hard it is.
“We have an incredible bond. I don’t know how Harvey will react or how he’ll feel when I can’t get to him. It’s too painful to think about.”
Harvey’s autism means that sudden noises can lead him to physically lash out, and at 6ft 2in and almost 29st, Katie struggles to calm or restrain him and the protective mum said that she would never want Harvey to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
She said: “You hear about people with autism being arrested and when they’re restrained they go mad and get sectioned.
“That’s why I want to find the right college for him so if there’s ever a case where he kicks off, I’m involved.”
She added: “It’s so upsetting to think I won’t see him every day but this is the best thing for Harvey and we have to think positively because I don’t want him to think I’m just getting rid of him.
“This is his chance to live an independent life, learn skills and socialise with people other than me.”
But his brave mum, 42, claims it only provides a glimpse of how challenging her eldest’s behaviour can be.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Katie said: “To give you an idea how strong he is, he smashed out a windscreen on the car that takes him to school and back.
“If the routing goes wrong he gets out and just punches the window screen. When he’s in the car, I worry that he might open the car door which is why he always has someone in the car with him when he goes to school, and sometimes he might go for the driver.”
In February 2021 Harvey was rushed to hospital after he appeared to have a reaction to his first Covid vaccine jab.
It was claimed his temperature shot up to 39.9 degrees and he started “shaking uncontrollably”.
He had X-rays in hospital where doctors are said to have confirmed his illness was down to a reaction to the vaccine.
Who is Harvey’s dad Dwight Yorke?
Former football pro Dwight Yorke is the biological father of Harvey Price.
After a brief relationship with Katie in 2001, their son was born.
Harvey was diagnosed with blindness and Prader-Willi syndrome, and he is also on the autistic spectrum.
The ex-Aston Villa and Manchester United forward initially denied Harvey was his, but the claims were proven wrong with a DNA test.
Katie has raised their son alone, and has previously publicly blasted him for not being a father figure – revealing that he hadn’t seen him for ten years.
Does Harvey have an Instagram account?
Yes, Harvey does have an Instagram – @officialmrharveyprice.
He currently has an impressive 189,000 followers.
The 18-year-old shares pictures with his mum Katie and her boyfriend Carl Woods.
When he was 16, he was hounded online after sharing a drawing of Katie on the Gatwick Express, and was the subject of cruel trolling.
His mum was landed in hot water after many felt she should have deleted the account to protect her son.
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