Prince Harry has previously visited Barbados for fun in the sun; right now, though, he’s here to raise funds for Haiti and Lesotho. If the Prince’s charm and naturally friendly nature translate into the raising of funds – and they will – this will have been a worthwhile visit for both countries.
Having been in chilly London myself all week, I can imagine the 25-year-old Prince is delighted to be out of the chilly grey clime of England and under Barbados’ brilliant blue sunny skies.
Not that the young Prince has a moment of relaxation on our sun-kissed island; this is a working trip — but without stuffy pomp and ceremony of the royalty of old. Harry takes after his mum in this regard.
Yesterday, Harry got into the music at a fund-raiser for Haiti at Farley Hill (the beautiful national park in Barbados and site of Barbados’ Jazz Festival). At one point he climbed on stage and told the audience he’d dance to the calypso beat if they’d donate $5,000Bds in 25 minutes (some terrific photos here).
Hardly out of one outfit and into another, Harry attended another fund-raising dinner at the stunning Platinum Coast mansion Cove Spring hosted by the home’s owner Ajmal Khan to raise funds for Haiti. (I don’t travel in these circles so you’ll have to look elsewhere for name-dropping or descriptions of just how grand this amazing west coast home truly is.)
Today his fund-raising attention will include a game of polo. Harry will take to the pitch at the exclusive Apes Hill Polo Club to raise money for his charity Sentebale, to help the vulnerable children of the African country of Lesotho, a country completely surrounded by South Africa and part of the British Commonwealth. The prince’s team will include Mark Tomlinson, one of Britain’s leading polo players, and play against a side from South Africa in the inaugural Sentebale Polo Cup.
Perhaps his next visit will include a bit of relaxation – but from what I am seeing, Harry is thoroughly enjoying giving of himself to the relevant and worthwhile causes afflicting our global neighbors today.