Details of Harry's big Caribbean jaunt revealed: Prince will meet Usain Bolt and play volleyball against Brazilian beach babes
Prince Harry hopes to line up on the starting blocks next to sprinter Usain Bolt during his Diamond Jubilee tour of the Caribbean and Central America next month.
The prince plans to meet the world's fastest man at his training base when he visits the Jamaican capital of Kingston.
It is expected that Bolt, who defends his Olympic 100-metre title at London 2012 this summer, will give Harry a few pointers about starting a sprint but – luckily for the royal – not actually race him.
Going solo: Harry will get to tour Belize, the
Bahamas and Jamaica – all sovereign realms where the Queen is head of
state – from March 2nd to 8th as part of his first overseas tour
‘We’re hoping he [Bolt] will teach him [Harry] how to start,’ said his private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.
‘I don’t think they will hare off round the track together, thankfully.’
The second-in-line to the throne is said to be ‘bouncing’ in anticipation of his first solo overseas tour on behalf of the Queen to mark the monarch's 60-year reign.
And little wonder.
Harry, 27, will get to tour Belize, the Bahamas and Jamaica – all sovereign realms where the Queen is head of state – from March 2 to 8.
The prince plans to meet the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, at his training base when he visits the Jamaican capital of Kingston
He will then travel onto Brazil from March 9 to 11, on behalf of the UK Government and his own charity, Sentebale – a trip which will see him take part in a beach volleyball tournament.
Mr Lowther-Pinkerton said the countries had been ‘personally chosen’ for Prince Harry by his grandmother, who has visited each of them many times during her 60-year reign.
‘Through Prince Harry the Queen will be formally extending her good wishes to Belize, Bahamas and Jamaica on the historic occasion of her Diamond Jubilee,’ he said.
‘The tour's itinerary reflects, with its mixture of formality and informality, Prince Harry's wish to pay personal tribute to his grandmother the Queen but also to spend time wherever possible with young people in all three countries.’
In Belize Harry will name a new road – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 Boulevard – in honour of his grandmother and visit ancient Mayan ruins as well as take part in a canoe naming ceremony.
The Bahamas leg of the trip sees him give a keynote speech and take part in a military maritime exercise.
While in Jamaica he will met the country’s new prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, who last month vowed to abandon the Queen as head of state and adopt a republican form of government.
Mr Lowther-Pinkerton said the issue of
whether the nation remains one of the monarch's realms or follows a
different path is something for the country's people and government but
stressed that the Prince would be taking the ‘good wishes of the Queen
of Jamaica to the Jamaican people’.
The locals: Harry will be surrounded by Brazilian beauties on Rio's famous beaches (posed by a model)
After Jamaica he travels onto Brazil
where he will be the guest of honour at an event hosted by the British
government to launch trade and tourism initiatives on the back of both
the Jubilee and London Olympics on top of the world famous Sugarloaf
Single Harry will
also get a chance to take in the ‘sights’ of Rio’s famous beaches when
he takes part in a beach volleyball tournament – famed for the skimpy
outfits sported by female competitors.
Although the 27-year-old prince will play in a male team, the tournament itself is mixed.
‘I haven’t actually told him about that
bit yet,’ his private secretary admitted, indicating it would, however,
not be too much of a hardship.
Harry will be the guest of honour at an event hosted by the British
government on top of the world famous Sugarloaf
The cost of the trip – one of several to be undertaken on behalf of the Queen by members of the Royal Family this year – is expected to run into tens of thousands of pounds and will largely be shouldered by British taxpayers.
The prince will be taking scheduled flights in and out of Britain but will be hiring a private jet for himself and his four-strong entourage (which includes an orderly to help him with logistical arrangements and his wardrobe) when they fly around the Caribbean.
Their hospitality costs are, however, largely being met by the host nations.