Prince Harry arrived in the U.S. on May 9, starting a one week tour of the country, which is sure to leave Americans with a more positive image of the prince. On his last trip stateside, the British royal got into hot water after naked pictures surfaced of him and several women in his Las Vegas hotel room.
Of that incident, the 28-year-old prince said he had “let myself down,” and commented “it was probably a classic example of me probably being too much army, and not enough prince.”
Harry in Washington, D.C.
The spare heir began his trip in the nation’s capital, where he participated in several events, which highlighted his background in the Army Air Corps. The prince served in Afghanistan.
“Captain Wales,” as he is known, placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery and visited soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He also visited an exhibition showcasing the work of the landmine-clearing charity Halo Trust, which his mother, Princess Diana, promoted during her lifetime.
Harry Heads West
On May 10, Harry flies to Colorado. While in the Rockies, he’ll spend the day at the 2013 Warrior Games, cheering on athletes competing in this showcase for wounded military members. He’ll fit in more “gentle diplomacy” as well, watching cycling at the U.S. Air Force Academy before heading back to the east coast.
Prince Harry in New England
On the east coast, the fun-loving brother-in-law of Kate Middleton will continue to show his serious side by visiting areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. He’ll also watch a baseball training session for underprivileged youth for The Royal Foundation, which he founded with Prince William and Kate.
Harry will wrap up his trip by competing – as a team captain, no less — in a May 15 polo match benefiting his charity, Sentabale. The organization helps the poor in the African nation of Lesotho.
The prince is enjoying his visit, with its many engagements tailored to his interests. The U.S. can hope to see more of Harry in the future, given the Queen’s recent announcement that she is passing more of her long-distance travel to the younger royals.
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