Prince Harry in Antigua for ‘formal but fun’ Caribbean tour – BBC News

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Blazing sunshine and a red carpet lined with potted palms greeted Prince Harry as he arrived in Antigua on a Caribbean tour billed as formal but fun.

The prince will spend the next 15 days touring seven island nations as the Queen’s representative.

A Kensington Palace source said the tour would have a “formal feel” but there would be “plenty of fun”.

News of the tour has been overshadowed recently after it emerged the prince was dating US actress Meghan Markle.

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Earlier this month Prince Harry, 32, hit out at the media for subjecting Ms Markle to a “wave of abuse and harassment”, issuing a rare but strongly worded statement.

Prince Harry’s Caribbean tour

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  • The prince will visit six countries where the Queen is head of state
  • Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • He will also tour the Commonwealth nation of Guyana
  • The visit will mark the 50th anniversary of independence for Barbados and Guyana
  • In Antigua and Barbuda Prince Harry will also mark the 35th year since independence

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A Kensington Palace source said Prince Harry had been “looking forward to the tour for many months” and was “honoured” at being asked to represent the Queen.

“While this tour will necessarily have a more formal feel, he’s pleased that he’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet people from all walks of life. There should be plenty of fun along the way.”

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Image caption The prince will spend the next 15 days touring the Caribbean
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Image caption On arrival in Antigua Prince Harry inspected a guard of honour
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Image caption Headlines about the prince have been dominated by his relationship with US actress Meghan Markle

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