All good things must come to an end. Why that is, I’m not totally sure.. but Harry’s overseas tour coming to a close is certainly proof of that. After charming his way through the Caribbean, Prince Harry brought his talents to Brazil on the final leg of the tour. Not only did the 27-year-old grandson to Queen Elizabeth II make a lasting impression on the South American nation, but something (a kiss with a Brazilian model) tells me he quite enjoyed his time there as well. Let’s take a look!
The high energy three-day tour kicked off Friday in Rio de Janeiro; in a banner year for his country, the prince was on a mission from the British government to promote all things British – from sports to the economy. Of the trip, his private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, remarked: “The itinerary of the three-day official tour will reflect the vibrancy and diversity of Brazil, and its growing, strong relationship with the United Kingdom, especially in a year when we will hand over the Olympic baton to Rio de Janeiro.”
Upon arrival, Prince Harry stole some much needed rest after his overnight journey from Jamaica and took in a scenic helicopter ride; then it was time to samba! Did a dance school in England endorse Harry’s tour? Harry stepped out on the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain to launch the GREAT campaign; a Government initiative focused on reaching full economic potential of the 2012 Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Showcasing the best of Brtain, the red carpet affair had all the makings of a top Harry evening – dancing, music, food, drinks and models. Harry’s really had a rough time of it hasn’t he?
After a night of Britain in Brazil Harry continued his athletic journey, hitting the Copacabana for a beach volleyball match. Prior to hitting the sand, Harry took tips from Olympian Adriana Behar and shared that he’s already bought tickets to take in the matches during the London Olympics this summer. Even though he was up against some of Brazil’s top players, Harry held his own and of course, looked stylish while doing so.
Because he didn’t get enough of a work out running around the beach in 88 degree heat, Harry participated in The Sport Relief Mile, which he completed in 8 minutes and 32 seconds, further cementing his new title as the world’s fastest prince. Move over, Usain Bolt! Adding the classic Harry comedic touch to the run, he sported a cardboard mask of his brother Prince William. You’re not fooling anyone Harry! From there, his love for children was on display once again as he taught local children to play rugby on the beach. I hope he had time for a nap after this day..
You can watch video from The Sport Relief Mile on The Royal Channel.
Finally, Prince Harry returned to his roots and played in a charity polo match for his organization, Sentebale. Harry arrived in true prince charming fashion – taking the reigns of a horse-drawn carriage. After his team’s victory over Argentina, Brazilian swimwear model Fernanda Motta presented Harry and his teammates with the trophy. Let’s just say Harry was truly in his element, sealing the final tour activity with a kiss. Some models have all the luck..
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, more men should take up polo.
After the match, Harry reflected on his tour, describing it as emotional, exhausting and most of all, an amazing trip. Sky News’ Paul Harrison, @SkyNewsRoyal, delivers a wonderful final correspondence – includes interview with Prince Harry.
Well Harry, it’s been real. Check back tomorrow for my thoughts on the tour. I need some time to reflect!