Prince Harry is ready to meet his Kiwi mates! As previously announced, Kate Middleton's brother-in-law will miss the birth of his second niece or nephew (Middleton is already six days overdue) while carrying out military duties, but the so-called spare heir intends to make the most of his time away.
Currently in Australia serving on attachment with the Australian Army's North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) and 1st Brigade, the redhead, 30, will continue on to New Zealand for a weeklong tour from May 9 to 16. Invited by the New Zealand government, Harry's May excursion marks his first visit to the country.
On Tuesday, April 28, St. James's Palace confirmed Harry's cultural and social itinerary for the week, noting to Us Weekly that Harry plans to meet and greet locals on each tour stop. "He has heard so many great things about the country, not least from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after their tour last year," his spokesman said. "He has made a number of Kiwi friends over the years, especially through the course of his military duties and is delighted that he will now have so many opportunities to meet New Zealanders in every community he visits during his tour."
Harry's tour isn’t all business, however. He'll enjoy some royal R&R May 9 at the Hurricanes vs. Sharks Super 15 Rugby Game, and a FIFA U-20 World Cup match before visiting the Millennium Institute of Sport & Health.
Prince William's little brother also wants to applaud New Zelanders who are giving back to their communities, and will stop at the University of Canterbury to meet volunteers, the War Memorial Centre for a session with veterans, and will spend time at Middlemore Hospital's Spinal Rehabilitation Unit before returning home to the UK.
Though he will now not meet his brother's second-born until mid-May, Harry hopes he'll be able to break out the pink cigars. "I can’t wait to see my brother suffer more," the cheeky Prince revealed back in September when news of a second royal baby became public. "And with any luck, if it's a girl, then he'll suffer even greater. I'd love to see him try and cope with that!"
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