Globetrotting Prince Harry continued his 2012 Diamond Jubilee tour in Jamaica on Tuesday where he raced the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt.
Harry beat the Olympic 100m champion in a sprint down the track at the University of the West Indies stadium in Kingston. The sprinter claimed: He cheated. I said we would have a rematch in London 2012 and Harry said 'I'm busy.'
Bolt went on to praise the prince saying: He's cool, very down to earth. When you meet dignitaries you think it will be difficult but he just wanted to laugh. It was an honor and a pleasure to meet him.
I'm still the fastest man in the world, he boasted. So he has a long way to go.
On Monday, the Jamaican prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, caused a stir when she said it was time for her country to take full charge of our destiny by replacing the Queen as head of state.
Jamaica celebrates its 50th year of independence from Britain in 2012. In an interview with the BBC hours before the prince arrived, Simpson Miller said her nation had come a long way out of slavery to get where it is now.
No race should have been subjected to what our ancestors were subjected to, she said. It was wicked and brutal.
We gained our freedom through the sweat, blood and tears of our ancestors and we are now free. If Britain wishes to apologize, fine with us. No problem at all.
She said, however, that she hoped Prince Harry's visit would not be the final visit by a member of the Royal family.
Even if the Queen does not remain head of state, the Queen at any time will be welcome to visit. It's not about getting rid of the Queen - who could get rid of the Queen? She is a wonderful, beautiful lady. The decision to become a republic shouldn't be taken in the context of us wanting to get rid of the Queen.
The 27-year-old prince landed in Kingston Monday and entered into a bit of a diplomatic minefield. Nevertheless, he was welcomed by a 21-gun salute by the Jamaican Defense Force and crowds of excited onlookers.
The Island-hopping Prince Harry is in the midst of a 10-day Diamond Jubilee tour that began over the weekend in Belize and the Bahamas. The tour honors the Queen's 60th year on the throne.
With his brother Prince William off the market, Britain's most eligible bachelor proved that he's at total ease gallivanting through foreign lands and delighting his adoring fans.
The third in line to the British throne began his first official overseas trip on behalf of Queen Elizabeth in Belize Friday with a festive night out in Belmopan, the Central American nation's capital. After unveiling the newly named Queen Elizabeth II Boulevard, Harry donned a traditional Belize shirt and joined locals for a street party where he appeared more than happy to test out several flavors of locally brewed rum and beer.
Harry toured the abandoned Maya city of Xunantunich Saturday where British tabloids couldn't help but point out a certain Lion King moment on the rocks overlooking the lush forest below. To get to the site, Harry ditched his Belize government cavalcade and rode a rudimentary pontoon that was hand-winched across a river.
The 27-year-old top gun army Apache helicopter pilot then attended a festival of food, music, arts and crafts held in the ancient palace court.
Proving to be a skilled diplomat with the common touch that characterized his late mother Princess Diana, Harry favored solo interviews with the local press and spent a great deal of time with the everyday people of the former British Honduras.
The prince laid a wreath for British soldiers at Price Barracks in Belize City before departing the English-speaking Central American nation for the Bahamas.
The young royal caused a stir in Nassau Sunday when he appeared in public for the first time ever in his crisp white ceremonial uniform, also known as the No. 1 Tropical Dress of the Blues and Royals. His uniform was punctuated with the first public reveal of the Diamond Jubilee medal.
Throngs of fans lined the streets as Harry made his way to the Christ Church Cathedral to meet and greet. Though he mingled with several dignitaries, his encounter with Miss Bahamas, Anastagia Pierre, got tabloids buzzing.
I'm here to fall in love with Harry, Pierre told reporters on Sunday. He's hot! He is single now so I would marry him, yes.
Harry brushed the comments aside and addressed the people of the Bahamas to offer a message of good wishes from the Queen.
The Bahamas holds a special place in Her Majesty's heart, he said. Her love for this realm and you, the Bahamian people, stretches back over the decades, right to that first visit in 1966.? I am greatly looking forward to the next 24 hours and the chance to explore and meet more of the people of these stunning islands. I hope, for me, that this is the first of many visits.
I'll certainly be showing off about it to my brother and sister-in-law when I return home, he added.
Harry called at Government House in Nassau to pay his respects to the Governor General of the Bahamas and other members of the cabinet. The iconic pink-painted house is where his late great-great uncle the Duke of Windsor lived during the Second World War in his role as Governor General of the region.
Harry is the first of several senior royals to be dispatched across the globe to the 15 countries other than the UK where the Queen is head of state, along with some other Commonwealth nations.
Other royal tours include a visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Far East and the Pacific. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will visit Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea, while the Duke of York will travel to India and the Princess Royal will visit Mozambique and Zambia.
Harry will continue his Diamond Jubilee tour in Brazil later this week where he'll help launch a government trade mission in Rio. Interestingly, Harry is taking over many of the responsibilities that would normally have fallen to his uncle, Prince Andrew, who was forced to formally give up his journeying UK industry role last year after a series of gaffes.
Serious as Prince Harry's tour may be, the fun-loving prince has been typically enthusiastic about his engagements thus far, drinking, dancing, and winning over locals at each stop with his down-to-earth charm.