When in Rome… Prince Harry fully immersed himself in the local culture while visiting Linton Military Camp in New Zealand on Wednesday, May 13, taking part in a traditional Maori haka (or war dance) with around 30 other soldiers.
As seen in the video above, the royal heir, 30, put on quite a performance, stomping and yelling and gesturing with the best of ’em. Like his fellow soldiers, he wore Army fatigues and boots — and a look of fierce concentration.
According to the Associated Foreign Press, the haka he performed was the New Zealand Army’s “Ngati Tumatauenga,” or “Tribe of War,” which “honors fallen comrades and past campaigns.” He reportedly had just 20 minutes to learn the dance before doing it in front of an audience.
“Given the time restraints in trying to teach him, it was a bit difficult to learn the actions and the words, so I think he did really well,” instructor Warrant Officer Brett Pene told the AFP of Prince William’s younger brother.
Pene noted that there was “a bit of frustration” at first, but that Harry was “keen, that was the main thing.” He also told the AFP it was “humbling” to have the prince take part.
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