Prince Harry, who has demonstrated that the “what-happens-in-Vegas-stays-in-Vegas” thing doesn’t apply to a buck-naked heir to the British throne, is heading to New Jersey in May for a tour of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation.
No word on whether the prince, 28, will appear alongside Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who is campaigning for re-election in November as he pushes to rebuild the Jersey shore’s towns and tourist resorts. Christie’s spokesmen, Michael Drewniak and Kevin Roberts, didn’t return e-mails asking for comment.
The Oct. 29 storm caused $36.9 billion in damage to New Jersey. Christie has said he aims to make the beaches ready in time for Independence (from the British) Day, the traditional start of summer tourism, on July 4.
The prince will be stateside May 9 to 15, with a New Jersey stop described only as “an area badly affected by Hurricane Sandy,” according to a news release on the prince’s official Web-site.
Harry, an Army Air Corps pilot who has served in Afghanistan, also will visit Washington for an exhibition on landmine clearance, and to tour Arlington National Cemetery and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He also will make appearances in Colorado and New York and play polo in Greenwich, Connecticut.
During his last U.S. visit, in August, he was photographed playing strip billiards in his Wynn Las Vegas luxury suite. Photographic evidence, which we viewed on the Internet for strictly professional purposes, showed him cavorting with companions in naked glory.
In an interview with BBC News in January, referring to the incident, he said he had “let himself down; I let my family down.”
Third in line to the British throne, Harry is the younger son of Prince Charles and his late ex-wife, Princess Diana.