To the delight of onlookers, Harry shows off his royal touch by making a little fan’s acquaintance while touring the town. “Jersey is always a good time,” Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi told PEOPLE when asked for suggestions on places Harry should visit. “I’m sure you’ll meet some great people during your stay.”
Can’t blame a girl for trying! With his girlfriend Cressida Bonas back in London, FOX 29 on-air personality Kacie McDonell does her best to gain the royal’s attention during his stop in Mantoloking, N.J., on Tuesday.
During his ongoing visit to the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., chats with an entrant in Sunday’s hand-cycling race, where announcer Michael Aisner playfully chided him for not wishing Queen Elizabeth a Happy Mother’s Day. “I’ll think about it,” Harry said, before jockeying for his fellow U.K. servicemen to come out the race’s first-place finishers. “If you see a Union Jack shirt coming from behind, let them through,” he joked.
That same day, the royal observes a cheerleading squad’s practice session – and looks on with uncertainty knowing his turn is right around the corner – while visiting the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.
Spectator sport? As if for Prince Harry, who puts his own game face on display Saturday while helping kick off the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., where more than 200 wounded servicemen and women from the U.S. and Britain are expected to take to the Headquarters and National Training Center of the U.S. Olympic Team.
Harry once again proves he, too, is a team player during a game of sitting volleyball. “It was like having another friend, a co-colleague, co-partner, player,” Lance Corporal Maurillia Simpson told the BBC of the worthy competitor. “Yeah, he was just like one of us.”
Harry lets his new U.S.A. tee do the talking at Saturday’s Games, where he proclaimed, “I don’t see why it wouldn’t be possible to fill a stadium with 80,000 people not to watch the Olympics, not to watch the Paralympics but to watch wounded servicemen fight it out with each other – not on the battlefield but in a stadium.”
Franklin receives a very special gift for her 18th birthday on Friday when she meets the prince – and is the recipient of a birthday serenade. “All my friends can’t believe how lucky I am to be here,” she told reporters at the Sanctuary golf club, located south of Denver, Colo. “Everyone just has so much respect for Prince Harry.”
Before jetting to Colorado, Harry visits Arlington National Cemetery, where the royal dons the ceremonial uniform of his cavalry regiment – and the sky-blue cap of the Army Air Corps – to pay his respects to fellow military members. “To my comrades-in-arms of the United States of America, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom,” reads the note he lays alongside a wreath in Section 60 of the cemetery, the area set aside for those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Going from his formal military wear to fatigues, Harry greets a solider on the mend at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, where he was given a tour of the facility and met with more men from the armed forces.
After touching down at Virginia’s Dulles International Airport Thursday, arrives in sexy style at Capitol Hill. It’s the first stop for the 28-year-old, who is on a weeklong tour of the United States, with stops in Colorado, New York and New Jersey on behalf of his charities and to highlight the sacrifice and rehabilitation of servicemen and women.
Joining Arizona senator John McCain, Harry receives a tour of a photo exhibit displaying the work of The Halo Trust, a charity that works toward landmine clearance. “He seemed to have a normal sort of sheepish reaction,” the senator said of Harry’s reception in Washington, D.C., where he was greeted by shrieking congressional staffers.
Harry also checks out a working landmine detector, and gets a glimpse of how its operators employ it. The Halo Trust was a pet project of his late mother, Princess Diana, and for its 25th anniversary, the uncle-to-be took up its patronage in March.
Later that day, Harry delights the many military families gathered in the East Room of the White House when he visits first lady and Dr. Jill Biden to help spread some cheer ahead of Mother’s Day. “He’s only got a limited amount of time with us, but when he heard about the tea party and all of you, he wanted to be part of it to personally thank you for your service,” Mrs. Obama said.