Prince Harry hits Las Vegas for marathon pool parties at MGM Grand

Prince Harry goes for gold as he challenges Olympic champion Ryan Lochte to a 3am swimming race in nightclub pool
Short break for the prince at the MGM Grand on the Vegas stripRoyal spends 'rest and relaxation' jaunt surrounded by bikini-clad beauties

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14:14 GMT, 21 August 2012

It is not the first time that Prince Harry has taken on an Olympic champion at their own game – but it is the first time that he's been beaten by one.

Following on from his high profile race with Usain Bolt in Jamaica earlier this year, which the sprinter graciously allowed Harry to win, the young Royal has taken on yet another world class athlete – this time in the pool.

Harry rounded off an eventful night of partying by challenging U.S. swimming champ and double gold medal-winner Ryan Lochte to a race in the pool of Wynn hotel's XS nightclub.

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Party prince: Harry needed a rest after all that Olympic duty

Ryan Lochte has been celebrating his Olympic gold medal poolside in Vegas - and jumped at the chance to race the young prince

High jinks: Harry, right, challenged gold medal-winner Ryan Lochte to a race in the pool of Vegas nightclub XS – and unsurprisingly was beaten by the Olympic champ

Jumping into the water at 3am still
wearing his jeans, Harry joked with Lochte before the U.S. athlete
counted to three on his fingers – and the two set off for a breaststroke
battle.

Unsurprisingly, Lochte won the
contest, and raised his arms in triumph – turning to a good-natured
Harry to give the royal a celebratory hug as 5,000 revellers looked on.

Earlier that day, Harry had found
himself surrounded by a gaggle of leggy lovelies who had made a bee-line
for Las Vegas’s Encore Beach Club as news spread that the playboy
prince was in town.

The
prince had been filmed enjoying the poolside entertainment at the MGM
Grand hotel and throwing a lingering glance towards one of the stunning
bikini-clad women by a camera from television station 'Extra'.

Letting his heir down: Prince Harry relaxes poolside at the MGM Grand's Wet Republic surrounded by bikini-clad girls

Letting his heir down: Prince Harry relaxes poolside at the MGM Grand's Wet Republic surrounded by bikini-clad girls

Centre of attention: Prince Harry casts a lingering glance in the direction of the stunning blonde as he enjoys himself during a pool party in Las Vegas

Centre of attention: Prince Harry casts a lingering glance in the direction of the stunning blonde as he enjoys himself during a pool party in Las Vegas

Party prince: Harry needed a rest after all that Olympic duty

Party prince: Harry needed a rest after all that Olympic duty

In white fedora and red floral shorts,
27-year-old Harry lapped up the attention of his new fan club on the
latest leg of what has been dubbed his ‘endless summer’ before returning
to the front line as a helicopter pilot.

He also lapped up copious amounts of
his favourite Grey Goose vodka as well as some of the many cocktails on
offer in Sin City.

Days after the London Olympics, at
which he was an official ambassador for Team GB, Harry jetted out to the
US for a little ‘rest and recreation’.

This
took him to Vegas at the weekend, accompanied by two taxpayer-funded
police bodyguards and his best friend, Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip.

The
party checked into a 450-a-night suite at the five-star Wynn hotel and
casino for some ‘full-on partying’, as the prince told one fellow
guest.

Winding down: Prince Harry jetted out to Las Vegas - known as Sin City - for a little 'rest and recreation'

Winding down: Prince Harry jetted out to Las Vegas – known as Sin City – for a little 'rest and recreation'

The group were seen playing the dice game craps, to the cheering and whooping of their fellow gamblers.

The following day Harry and Co headed off to a 950-a-day poolside bungalow at another Las Vegas landmark, the MGM Grand.

The
hotel hosts raucous alcohol-fuelled parties four times a week under the
brand ‘Wet Republic’, which attract up to 1,600 revellers to its two
giant saltwater pools.

Shhh, I am a prince: Prince Harry, right, looked like he was trying to blend in shirtless in the pool

Shhh, I am a prince: Prince Harry, right, looked like he was trying to blend in shirtless in the pool

Outside Harry’s bungalow was a private Jacuzzi from which the prince and his group chatted to a group of girls who had taken the cabana next door and ordered drinks from a menu boasting 65 pitchers of ‘dragonberry’ mojitos.

Party-loving: Prince Harry was spotted at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas enjoying a short break with friends

Party-loving: Prince Harry was spotted at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas enjoying a short break with friends

Just a few bungalows down was singer
Jennifer Lopez, 43, and her dancer toyboy Casper Smart, 25, although it
is understood they did not meet the prince.

At one point Harry borrowed a red
singlet from the ‘bachelorette’ (an America term for hen party) girls
next door and jumped on a friend’s shoulders, waving his hands in the
air.

‘They had a blow-up
whale in their area and were just fooling around, having some drinks and
enjoying themselves,’ an onlooker said.

The
excited ladies couldn’t resist taking to Twitter, posting pictures of
them posing with the prince alongside giggly accounts of what a
‘gentleman’ he was.

One member of staff also admitted having ‘creepily’ kept the water bottle from which he had drunk.

The following day the group were in
the water again, this time at the 60,000 square foot Encore Beach Club
for another ‘adult pool party’, taking a bungalow with its own infinity
hot tub.

The entertainment was rounded off with
a visit to the resort’s XS nightclub where other VIP guests included US
Olympic champion swimmer Ryan Lochte.

Harry has recently re-trained as an
elite Apache attack helicopter pilot and completed a period of
pre-deployment training with hopes of returning to the front line in
Afghanistan in the near future.

A spokesman stressed that he was on a private holiday and was not entitled to any more leave than his fellow pilots.

He attended the Olympics in his own time and was not given any special dispensation by the military.

He is expected back in the UK in the
next few days but will not attend the opening of next week’s Paralympic
Games owing to his military commitments.

Viva Las Vegas: Prince Harry was joined by several friends at a private bungalow on the grounds of the MGM Grand on the Vegas strip

Viva Las Vegas: Prince Harry was joined by several friends at a private bungalow on the grounds of the MGM Grand on the Vegas strip

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