It has been “Harrymania” in Australia for the last two days. Prince Harry avoided controversy during his visit and made no speeches. His only public comments – to journalists at Sydney airport – were to declare that he would like to spend more time in Australia on his next visit.
“I just can’t get the time off work these days,” he said. “The next time I come back you will be struggling to get rid of me I am sure.” Prince Harry is on his first official visit to Australia to take part in the week-long celebrations to mark 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy.
During the International Fleet Review, Prince Harry boarded the warship HMAS Leeuwin to carry out an inspection. He was accompanied by Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia; Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia and Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Chief of Navy.
“The Australian public has a fond regard for members of the Royal Family and His Royal Highness is sure to draw big crowds to Sydney Harbour for the biggest public event ever hosted by the Royal Australian Navy,” said Director, International Fleet Review, Captain Nick Bramwell.
“Prince Harry is a Defence Force member who has recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan and our people regard him with absolute respect.”
Harry has been heralded as “a people’s prince” during a short visit which generated a fervent response and a renewed warmth for the royal family.