Sealed with a kiss: Harry ends his first solo tour (and a very successful one at that) with a peck on the cheek from Brazilian model after charity polo match
08:35 GMT, 12 March 2012
It is the royal tour that has been the making of him.
In the space of ten days, Prince Harry has gone from a party-loving playboy to a fully paid-up member of The Firm.
But although describing his first tour on behalf of the Queen as ‘emotional’ and ‘amazing’, he stressed that his duties as an Apache helicopter pilot – which may see him deployed to Afghanistan later this year – come first.
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In for the kill: Prince Harry kisses Brazillian model Fernand Motta at a polo event near So Paulo
The prince, 27, was speaking at a
charity polo game on the final afternoon of a ten-day solo trip to mark
his grandmother’s Diamond Jubilee, which has taken in Belize, the
Bahamas, Jamaica and, yesterday, Brazil.
Prince Harry seemed keen to make the
most of his last day, sharing a kiss with Brazilian swimwear model
Fernanda Motta and enjoying a game of polo, which his team won 6-3.
The prince also revealed that he had
gone to Buckingham Palace for a heart-to-heart with the Queen before he
left and said he hoped he had ‘done her proud’.
Something catch your eye Prince Harry tries not to get distracted
Lady in blue: Motta arrived at the Polo match on a horse and carriage
‘I had a half-hour conversation with her before we came out where she wished me luck.
‘We had a great chat, she said “enjoy it, I hope you do me proud” – it was a typical grandmother to grandson chat.’
He continued: ‘I tell you what, it’s
been an emotional trip. I’m absolutely exhausted but the warmth of the
reception that we’ve received from every single country that we’ve been
to has been amazing.
‘I personally had no idea how much
warmth there was towards the Queen – to me that’s been very humbling,
and I was actually quite choked up seeing the way that they’re
celebrating her 60 years.’
Prince Harry, celebrating the win, gives the thumbs up after kissing the beauty
No wonder he's smiling: Prince Harry looks chuffed
Stunning: Fernand Motta, pictured here modelling, was greeted by royalty as she was embraced by Prince Harry
after his polo match in So Paulo, Brazil
Typically, Harry has brought his own brand of
joie de vivre to the tour by playing beach volleyball, taking part in a
fun run wearing a mask of his brother, racing the world’s fastest man,
Usain Bolt, and dancing in the streets in blue suede shoes.
The prince revealed that he believes he gets his sense of humour from his grandfather, Prince Philip.
He said: ‘She [the Queen] is very funny but I think she gets it from my grandfather. They are very funny together.
Arriving in style: Harry in a horse-drawn carriage in Brazil this morning for a charity game
Grand entrance: Prince Harry arrives to play polo at a farm in Campinas with his entourage
‘My family is the same as any other
family when it comes to humour behind closed doors, though I’d like to
think I was funnier than my grandmother.
‘I just hope that my grandmother is
proud of what we’ve done. You can’t sit there with a stiff upper lip and
not get involved.’
He added: ‘I’ve never taken myself too seriously.
I’ve had a gas.’ The third in line to the throne was also particularly
keen to discuss the Mail’s reports about the 115 Russell and Bromley
suede desert boots he wore on the trip.
My ball: Prince Harry was in competitive spirit as he faced off against his Brazilian opposition
Triumph: Britain's Prince Harry ended up on the winning side as he rounded off his tour with a polo match
As well as the blue pair in which he danced with Bob Marley’s widow in Jamaica, he also showed off a brown pair.
Asked whether he now considered
himself something of a style ambassador, Harry jokingly referred to the
stylish Duchess of Cambridge, whom he touchingly called his ‘sister’.
‘I thought you were going to ask if she was giving me tips. She’s not giving me tips yet,’ he said.
Sporty: Prince Harry warms up before a charity polo match in Brazil as part of the Queen's jubilee celebrations
In action: Prince Harry on the polo field raising money for his charity Sentebale in Brazil
But Harry was also at pains to stress
that his ‘day job’ came first. He said: ‘I’m in a very privileged
position, so I’ll use my title to help out where I can, but at the same
time, we’ve both got our military careers, and that’s what we’ll
continue to do.
‘I will help out with my grandmother whenever she needs me. The Jubilee is the Jubilee and family comes first.’
An aide said yesterday: ‘He has been
overwhelmed by the response he has received and is touched beyond belief
about how warmly he has been greeted. It has meant an awful lot to
Giving: Prince Harry spent one day in the favela Complexo do Alemao chatting and playing cricket with the children.Rio de Janeiro
Give us a song: Britain's Prince Harry was met by Brazilian singer Diogo Nogueira during a visit to the Complexo do Alemao