The grown-up Prince Harry is making his first trip to New York later this month, but he's not coming to meet with dignitaries or celebs. He's coming for the horses.
The prince will partake in the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic, a May 30th event that raises money for children in Africa through American Friends of Sentebale -- a U.S.-based charity co-founded by Harry and Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of Lesotho in honor of their mothers. Harry will make a pit stop at Ground Zero the day before the match.
Let's hope Harry doesn't go all Joe Biden on the Big Apple in the short time he's here. The boy prince makes almost as many political and social gaffes as the vice president (although, to be fair, Harry's foot-in-the-mouth-capades have been far worse than the veep's "don't ride the subway"-you'll get swine flu-type precautions).
Last year, the 24-year-old showed up to a costume party in a Nazi uniform. A few months later, the British paper News of the World leaked a video Harry made in which he referred to a fellow officer cadet of Pakistani heritage as "our little Paki friend." Then he called a soldier wearing a cloth on his head a "raghead." Coined the "wild child" by the tabloids, Harry got caught smoking pot and drinking with his friends when he was 17. If he weren't so hot (or a prince) he might've gotten into real trouble.
It will be the prince's first visit to the United States since he was a child. It's not clear if there will be alcohol at Harry's polo event in May, but there will definitely be time for afternoon tea. The event is open to the public, but you have to have tickets to get into some areas. Take note, VIPs: Polo attire required. That means hats, ladies.
“This iconic event will help raise awareness for our organization,” Sentebale Chairman Charles Denton said in a statement. “Lesotho faces some enormous problems, and our work there could not be more vital. The numbers of orphans and vulnerable children suffering are staggering, and we are managing to make a real difference to help them.”
Harry's supposed to make a few other stops during his 48-hour New York stay. He's scheduled to visit the Harlem's Children's Zone, a nonprofit that's been around since the 1970s, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Manhattan to meet with wounded soldiers.