Prince Harry made an emotional return to Barbuda today, having last visited the island as a 12-year-old with the late Princess Diana and brother William, then 14.
The third day of his Caribbean tour saw the 32-year-old royal plant trees during the unveiling of the dedication to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy and Arbour Day Fair at Queen Victoria Park Botanical Gardens.
Prince Harry’s visit to The Caribbean marks the 35th Anniversary of Independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados and Guyana.
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Prince Harry plants a tree during the unveiling of the dedication to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy and Arbour Day Fair
He was photographed at the Queen Victoria Park Botanical Gardens on the third day of an official visit to the Caribbean
Prince Harry’s visit to The Caribbean marks the 35th Anniversary of Independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados and Guyana
Not afraid to get his hands dirty, the Prince took an active role in planting trees as part of the conservation project
Pictured above, the Prince unveils The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy dedication on the island of Barbuda
The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy has been billed as a unique network of forest conservation initiatives
Prince Harry’s visit to the Caribbean marks the 35th anniversary of independence in Antigua and Barbuda
The 32-year-old prince was seen stepping back to admire his handiwork at one point, after helping to plant saplings
The Prince had a helping hand to dig holes to plant the young sapling in the ground during his Caribbean tour
The Prince was photographed laughing and joking with some of the people involved in the project today
Prince Harry also visited Holy Trinity Primary School today as part of his official tour of the Caribbean
Prince Harry stands with the young schoolchildren during his visit to Holy Trinity Primary School
The prince was seen crouching down to speak to children on his third day of an official visit to The Caribbean
Children sit patiently in a classroom before Prince Harry arrives for a tour of Holy Trinity Primary School
The school children wear t-shirts with Prince Harry’s face on which say ‘Antigua and Barbuda Welcomes HRH Prince Henry of Wales 20th-22nd November, 2016’
Watch your back Harry! A black and red Frigate – with an impressive wing span – swoops close to the prince’s boat as he takes a tour of the Frigate Bird Sanctuary on Barbuda
Time to gather your sea legs: Wearing a light-weight white shirt and black sunglasses, the prince boarded the boat that would take him through the mangroves of Barbuda to spot the region’s wildlife
The small party head out to the mangroves, which is home to one of the largest colonies of Frigate birds in the world
Taking a closer look: Harry hovers near the front of the boat as it cuts through the mangroves
Harry’s visit to island is brief and it’s unlikely he’ll have time to visit any of the spots that he enjoyed on one of his final holidays with his mother. The birds swoop overhead as Harry watches from the boat
His day had started sedately as he took a tour of one of the largest colonies of Frigate birds in the world. Dressed in a light-weight linen shirt and navy chinos, the royal looked happy to embark on the gentle wildlife trip, which saw him boarding a small boat and heading for Barbuda’s mangroves, where he got an extensive tour of the birds’ breeding ground.
The visit came just hours after Harry was left looking uncomfortable when Antigua and Barbuda’s prime minister invited him and girlfriend Meghan Markle to spend their ‘honeymoon’ in Antigua.
During a reception at the end of the Prince’s first full day in Antigua, premier Gaston Browne made the offer to Harry in front of hundreds of guests at the VIP dinner yesterday evening.
In a speech at the event on Monday night, Mr Browne told him: ‘I understand that there may be a new addition to the Royal Family very soon.
‘I am told that there may be a princess and I just want to say that should you make the decision to honeymoon – then Antigua and Barbuda want to welcome you.’
Can he cut it? Harry is given a Masterchef-style skills test by a cook at the Sir McChesney High School in Barbuda
Armed and dangerous, Harry gets to work on the fish’s innards
Not like that! The cook offers Harry, who took off his sunglasses for the culinary trial, some lessons in correctly gutting the fish
Pretty professional: Harry guts the fish and leaves its entrails in a small pile on the tray
Something fishy going on! The prince rolls up his sleeves as he prepares to get a cookery lesson
Prince Harry island hopped on a helicopter and didn’t stay on terra firma for long; a boat was awaiting his arrival to take him on a tour of the wildlife sanctuary
Prince Harry’s visit to The Caribbean marks the 35th Anniversary of Independence in Antigua and Barbuda
The prince chatted to island dignitaries as he headed out to the mangroves on the whistle-stop tour
‘We have been voted consistently as the best honeymoon destination in the Caribbean – and one of the best in the world – so there will be nowhere in the world as special to spend your honeymoon, when that day arrives.
Following on from his boat trip, Harry paid a visit to the Holy Trinity Primary School and Nursery where he met a host of immaculately presented schoolchildren, some of whom were wearing the official Harry t-shirt that has already been a frequent sight on this trip.
He posed for photographs with the cute youngsters after listening to traditional music played out by the school’s band.
The educational facility is celebrating the 93rd anniversary of its Founders’ Day and Harry took time to listen to some of the newest learners in the school’s colourful library.
Then, Harry was left in the hands of the school’s cook, who gave him a MasterChef-style skills test by asking him to gut a fish.
Under the guidance of a professional, Harry got to work on the fish’s innards and left the entrails in a small pile next to the fish, much to the delight of those watching.
Some of the Holy Trinity Primary Schoo youngsters looked a little unsure about the media frenzy as they posed for photos with the prince
Schoolchildren from the Holy Trinity Primary School and Nursery line up for their moment with the prince…and not all of them look terribly excited
It’s that t-shirt again! Prince Harry meets a gang of reception age children after taking the mangrove boat tour – and pokes his tongue out at one of them
Harry looked flushed in the warm morning sun; Barbuda can expect highs of 29 degrees – a far cry from UK weather
Everywhere Harry has been so far, he’s been greeted by children wearing the t-shirt, adorned with his face
That’s more like it! Harry manages to evoke a few smiles from the youngsters as they pose in their neatly pressed uniform
Local schoolchildren, looking smart in their blue and cream uniform, prepare for the prince’s arrival on Barbuda today
Caribbean smiles: A group of girls offer up their biggest grins as they await their royal visitor
West Indian flavour: A steel drum band greeted the prince at the primary school; the educational facility is celebrating the 93rd anniversary of its Founders’ Day
Harry then took the time to meet some of those who’d performed, shaking hands with a trio of young girls
A visit to the school’s library saw Prince Harry perusing some of the books the children are reading in class
You read, I’ll listen! A little boy shows off his reading skills to Prince Harry
Early yesterday, the prince visited the official residence of the Governor General – the Queen’s representative in Antigua and Barbuda – for the Colours of Charity event.
Harry had chatted to young people and played with children. He also had fun blowing bubbles with youngsters in national dress, who were entertained by clowns and stilt-walkers.
Little Chance de Gannes, aged five, blew bubbles in the prince’s face; Harry joked with the youngster, making a funny face as they popped on his beard.
No offense: Harry bore the night’s humiliations with good humor, but seemed uncomfortable when Browne told him he would be meeting local beauties – and joked, ‘Whatever is done here, stays here. So do not worry’
The woman strutted their stuff in front of Prince Harry and the Prime Minister of Antigua, seen seated on the sofa behind
No chance: Prince Harry, his face red, turned down the dance despite much cajoling from Peters (left) and suggested she dance with Browne (right) instead
Scantily-clad dancers wearing embellished bikinis and feathered accessories performed on stage for the dignitaries
Prince Harry looked reluctant to show off his dance moves as Antiguan singer Claudette Peters tried to encourage him
Each charity adopted a different color for the afternoon of fun and activity, while bands including the Antigua Girls’ High School Steel Orchestra and the National Youth Choir provided a musical accompaniment.
He also laid down to give a hug to Jeanique, 21, who has spina bifida, and also kissed her on the forehead.
Mrs Carey said: ‘She wanted a hug for her birthday which was last month and he was amazing.’
Cuthbert Forbes, 21, a worker with the Halo Foundation, which organised the event, said they were not told to talk about Harry’s relationship with Markles.
He added: ‘It came up at an organising committee meeting when we were thinking about what we could talk to him about and one of the core members of the committee said we shouldn’t talk about his girlfriend because it is personal.’
Prince Harry hugged the youngster after he attended the charity event in the tropical grounds of Government House in St John’s, Antigua
The prince, 32, embraced the child at the event when he was on the second day of his tour of the Caribbean
The prince also had fun blowing bubbles with youngsters in national dress, who were entertained by clowns and stilt-walkers
A child blew bubbles in the prince’s face and Harry joked with the youngster making a funny face as they popped on his beard
Prince Harry (pictured) was visiting Antigua and was happy to talk to children who gathered for the event in the capital
Instead the charity worker joked with the prince about giving him his £65 red suede shoes which Harry admired and asked ‘Are they even legal?’
Welcoming Harry to the island, Sir Rodney, a former doctor, said: ‘Antigua and Barbuda is truly a Caribbean paradise in every sense of the word: near perfect weather conditions, pristine beaches, and a captivating culture.
‘Nonetheless, in our small corner and indeed throughout the world, there are some who are much less fortunate – with poorer health, almost no discretionary income, or no protection and comfort within their home environment.
‘It is therefore extremely important that we do everything possible to address these expressed charitable needs.’
Earlier on Monday, the prince looked happy to be showing off his sporting – and dancing – prowess on the second day of his Caribbean tour.
He was warned to anticipate some protest after the hashtag #Notmyprince began trending in the Caribbean on Twitter.
But he didn’t look unduly worried by the news as he danced ‘the dab’ – last performed by Harry in Scotland in September – and played a variety of sports with local students at Antigua’s Sir Vivian Richards stadium.
Swapping the British chill for warm sunshine, Harry, will visit seven different countries in the next two weeks as he travels on behalf of the Queen celebrating the region’s history, culture and achievements.
The prince was photographed shaking hands with the children who had attended the charity event in St John’s, Antigua
Harry ‘hits the dab’ again, performing the popular dance move with young students in Antigua at the start of his 15-day tour of the Caribbean. He last performed the popular dance with schoolchildren in Scotland in September
Howzat Harry! The prince whacks a ball out to the boundary as a fielder looks on at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium on Antigua
Don’t mess! Harry, wearing a casual blue shirt and blue chinos, looked happy to be playing cricket on the second day of his West Indies tour
Limbering up: Prince Harry looks sure to hit the ball as he bends to take a whack at it
He was presented with a signed bat and exchanged jokes with West Indies players Sir Curtly Ambrose, Sir Andrew Roberts and Sir Viv Richards.
As he greeted the sportsmen on the island of Antigua, he asked Sir Viv if he should ‘be kneeling’ at his feet before going on to tell Sir Curtly: ‘You’ve shrunk a bit’.
Sir Curtly said the Prince’s cricket skills were ‘okay’ adding after the event: ‘It seemed to me like he’s played cricket before – watching his stance and the way he hit the ball it looked to me like he’d played some sort of cricket.’
‘He (Harry) said to me that I’ve shrunk a bit since he last saw me, but he was good fun he really enjoyed himself and for me it was a real honour to meet him,’ he said.
The former bowler, whose height allowed him to make a ball bounce unusually high, has been ranked one of the world’s tallest cricketers.
The prince took the time to chat with youngsters involved with the charity showcase, listening intently as a girl whispered in his ear
He’s a big kid at heart: Prince Harry helped out a smiling child blow bubbles
All rise: Harry walks through a guard of honour during the Youth Sports Festival
A whole lotta Harry! Members of a local Antigua youth sports team greet Prince Harry wearing t-shirts adorned with his face; the royal is on the second day of his tour of the Caribbean
The fifth in line to the throne spent the morning watching seven different sports with local schoolchildren, trying his hand at several along the way.
From volleyball to basketball and golf, Harry showed he meant business, as he jumped to push the ball over the net, his blue linen shirt flying up in the wind and hit several applause worthy cricket shots.
Luckily the sun went in as the prince, who is known for his sporting skills and played cricket at Eton, jogged around the stadium.
The Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s four-year-old son, Prince, also ran up to take a picture with Harry and said he was excited to meet ‘a real prince’.
Netball player Harmony Edwards, 14, went in for a hug. Her friend Rayana Regis, 15, said: ‘It was great to meet him and he was really lovely.’
Such a poser: Prince Harry gets in position for a photograph with his new signed cricket bat
Ready to impress: The sporty royal showed off his midriff as he launched himself at the ball during a volleyball match
I call this one the starfish: Prince Harry didn’t hold back when it came to enthusiasm
After arriving on Sunday, the first stop for Harry was Antigua’s Clarence House, where the royal received a warm welcome from Governor General Sir Rodney Williams last night.
Wearing a dark grey suit with mid-blue tie, Harry seemed relaxed in the company of Sir Rodney as he presented the Antigua Governor General with a photograph of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to mark their 69th wedding anniversary.
The prince officially re-opened a renovated Clarence House, which was originally constructed for the Duke of Clarence, the future William IV, when he was governor general in the 18th century.
Harry paid tribute to his grandparents who celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary and read a message from the Queen which said: ‘Prince Philip and I send our warmest wishes to Antigua and Barbuda on the occasion of this celebration to mark 35 years of independence.
‘I have fond memories of visiting your country in 1966, 1977 during the Silver Jubilee and again in 1985.
The historic property was also where his great-aunt, Princess Margaret, spend two weeks of her honeymoon in 1960, but it had fallen into complete disrepair until a British businessman donated more than £2 million to renovate it.
‘I will never forget the warmth of your people and the incredible natural beauty of the islands. It has been a great privilege for me to watch Antigua and Barbuda develop into the confident country it is today with a strong national identity and a positive outlook.
‘I congratulate all of you for the part you have played in building this community and creating so many opportunities for the next generation.’
Harry holds aloft a photo of the Queen and Prince Philip, which he presented to Antigua Governor General Sir Rodney Williams, right, on the first stop of a 15-day Caribbean tour
Some bedtime reading: Sir Rodney Williams offers a stylish-looking book on Antigua to Prince Harry
Harry applauds the official opening of the 200-year-old former residence of the Commissioner of the Royal Navy Dockyard
Ascot Michael, the country’s tourism minister, reminded Harry that he and the Duke of Cambridge were brought to Barbuda by their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, for childhood holidays, saying: ‘We are truly pleased to welcome you back to a place of childhood memories, your home in the Caribbean.’
Meanwhile, Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle has returned to the set of US series Suits.
Miss Markle is famous for playing a flirty trainee lawyer Rachel Zane in the US series Suits and frequently appears in racy scenes along with co-star Patrick J Adams.
The glamorous American returned back to the television set yesterday in Toronto, Canada after her swift stop-off in the UK where she was said to have stayed with Harry in Kensington, London.
It is believed the Suits actress stayed with Harry at Harry’s bijou Kensington Palace home, Nottingham Cottage. She is yet to be pictured with Prince Harry.
With busy work schedules, it’s unlikely that the couple will reunite until late December, unless Markle flies south in the next fortnight.
Meghan Markle leaving her home (right) today with a coffee machine and arriving to film Suits (left) with all smiles for some friendly faces
The prince (right) , 32, met the actress (left) at a charity event and is said to have sent her messages until she agrred to meet up with him