Today, Prince Harry wrapped up his first official overseas tour in Brazil..and I am days behind. Although he left Jamaica on Friday, I am still catching up!
The third stop in Harry’s Caribbean tour was the most anticipated and important of them all as Jamaica has been talking of leaving Queen Elizabeth’s reign – I think it is safe to say Her Majesty knew exactly what she was doing when she sent Harry there on her behalf. From the moment he touched down to the moment he left, Prince Harry charmed the dancing shoes off the Jamaican people.
Looking dashing in a navy blue suit, Prince Harry arrived in Jamaica to a salute from the armed forces. You can watch his arrival on The Royal Channel on YouTube.
In what observers are calling one of the greatest royal moments in a long time, Prince Harry took to the track at the University of the West Indies to race the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt. This meeting has been talked about for months, and although Usain Bolt claimed he would not let Harry win, the comical prince left Bolt in the dust as he false started his way to victory. The BBC has full video of this hilarious encounter, an absolute must see.
Major credit has to be given to Chris Jackson for his outstanding photography skills, capturing the mood of the day perfectly with one incredible shot.
I will pay big money to anyone who can get me that shirt. Must. Have.
The fastest prince alive then changed into that perfect linen suit and visited Bustamante Hospital For Children where he continued to spark conversation about his striking similarities to his late mother. Harry once again proved to be a natural with children, lifting their spirits and clearly enjoying every moment of it. Diana was scheduled to visit the hospital in 1997 before her untimely passing.
The true test of Harry’s charm came later that day in a highly anticipated meeting with Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller. All eyes were on the blossoming prince as he came face to face with the woman who has made her feelings of The British Monarchy all too clear. From a photo call on the steps of the national monument Devon Hall to the state dinner at King’s House, Prince Harry blew the Prime Minister away with his dashing personality and she quickly embraced him. Something tells me Grandma was beaming from ear to ear after these photos surfaced..
At the evening’s dinner, Prince Harry made a speech where he let his love for the country be known, commenting: “I haven’t been here for long, but – wow – if I had, I’m not sure my Grandmother would get me back.” Cheeky Harry embraced his inner comedian, opening the speech with the infamous line: everything liddle ting gonna be aright! To read the prince’s full speech, visit The Prince of Wales’ official web site. You can watch it here.
Harry broke out his blue suede dancing shoes on a visit to Rise Life in an impoverished area of Kingston; the center helps local children reach their full potential through the aid of music. There, Harry met Rita Marley, wife of the late, great Bob Marley. Rita honored the prince with a touching gift – a scarf the ‘One Love’ singer had worn during his touring years. No meeting with a Marley can be complete without good old fashioned reggae dancing, and please, if you know what’s good for you, you will watch this video.
Harry visited Up Park Camp to partake in exercises with the Jamaica Defense Force, even meeting up with Sandhurst cadet Lieutenant Kayon Mills. Although scaling down his agenda due to breaking news of tragic British deaths in Afghanistan, the respectful prince still took to the firing range, scoring an almost perfect 39 out of 40. Lighting up an intense and somber mood, Harry joked with the crowd – “does anyone with a camera want to stand at the other end?”
No Jamaican trip would be complete without a visit to Sandals resort, where Harry wrapped up his adventure at the Montego Bay vacation spot. At the private dinner, Harry was gifted two bottles of rum – one for him, one for his brother.