The United States of America just can’t get enough of Britain’s Prince Harry. But evidently, he can’t get enough of America either.
A closer look at Prince Harry’s overseas travels reveal that he has been crossing the Atlantic to visit the U.S. for the past four consecutive years, both for public and not-so-private purposes.
Older brother Prince William, however, only has one reported recent visit, which occurred in July 2011 with new wife, Catherine.
One of Harry’s earlier and more widely reported visits to the U.S. was in 1993 when his mother, Princess Diana, took him and his brother to Disney World in Florida.
But the third-in-line to the British throne has been traveling to the U.S. solo in recent years. Here’s a look back at Harry’s previous adventures in America:
This quick two-day visit was the first time Harry carried out solo overseas engagements, according to his official website. The prince played polo at the second annual Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic at New York’s Governors Island to raise funds for Sentebale, a charity he founded in 2006 to help vulnerable children in the small African country of Lesotho. He also visited Ground Zero where he spoke to family members of 9/11 victims and examined the blueprints of the reconstruction.
“It was just very nice to see all the people who lost their loved ones here, just a small group of them,” Harry said, according to a New York Times report.
During this three-day visit, Harry participated in military drills at West Point, visited a number of military and veterans organizations, toured UNICEF’s Emergency Operation center; and once again participated in the third annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Governors Island to benefit Sentebale, according to his official website.
It was a longer stay for Captain Wales, as Harry is known in the military, as he participated in trainings at two U.S. military bases in California and Arizona. The trainings consisted of environmental training, live firing, and tactical exercises, according to a report by Today. But this is an example of one of those not-so-private visits. The Daily Mail published photographs of the adventurous prince enjoying the open road and freedom of the Arizona desert on a classic Harley-Davidson motorbike in November. Donning a red and white bandana around his neck and aviator glasses, the Prince biked his way to Las Vegas where he spent Thanksgiving. This would not be the last time he would party in Sin City.
This was a big year for Harry in America. He returned to the country where he, in previous years, worked and played hard, not once but twice within two months of each other. In May, Harry was presented with the Atlantic Council’s 2012 Award for distinguished humanitarian leadership in Washington DC, according to his official website . But Harry found himself the talk of the town (and the world) in August after TMZ revealed naked pictures of him playing strip billiards with equally unclothed ladies at a hotel in Las Vegas.
“I let myself down,” he said as he discussed the incident with reporters in an interview following the conclusion of his tour of duty in Afghanistan five months later.
It was “a classic example of me probably being too much army and not enough prince,” he added.
But in the age of smart phones and social media, it was also a classic example that what happens in Vegas no longer stays in Vegas.
Prince Harry’s love affair with America has certainly been through some bumpy roads (with the media, in particular). Putting the Vegas fiasco behind him, the soldier prince returns this year, touring five U.S. states and the District of Columbia on May 9-15, with the central theme of supporting the injured veterans of both the UK and U.S. armed forces, according to a release from his press office.
Military, charity, polo, and fun, these four words summarize Harry’s U.S. visits year after year. Now a familiar face in both sides of the Atlantic, he is fast-becoming America’s new golden boy.