Prince Harry is charming.
And he definitely goes all out no matter what he is doing.
And yesterday was no different for the Prince when he took part in a beach volleyball game in Rio de Janeiro.
The 27-year old was dressed in his yellow and green Brazilian shorts as he played on the sands of Copacabana beach in the heat of the day.
Despite saying it was ‘my kind of game’; Prince Harry said the game left him exhausted.
Double world champion Adriana Behar, who had given him some coaching tips, asked the Prince, ‘Will you be watching the beach volleyball at the London Olympics because it’s so near your home?’
Harry replied, ‘I’ve already bought the tickets.’
Adriana, 43, was thrilled to have met the Prince saying, ‘I’m really happy. I can’t wait to meet him again in London. He was really good and he’s clearly played before.’
The volleyball game was part of a day of sport which also included a mile-long fun run in aid of Sport Relief, which he completed in 8 min 32 sec.
Harry was handed a cardboard mask of his brother during the race and he ran for a while disguised as Prince William alongside blind athlete Alice de Oliveura Correio, 17.
Prince Harry also taught local children to play rugby on the beach.
He is keen to promote the sport in Brazil because it will be included for the first time in the Olympics during the 2016 Rio games.
After giving his lessons, Harry joked, ‘One plea to all Brazilians, though. Please, please, if we show you how to play rugby, don’t do what you’ve done with football, and leave us wishing we hadn’t!’
Today, Harry will end his official visit to Brazil with a polo match in the city of Campinas, raising money for his Sentebale African children’s charity.
Sport was a big part of Harry’s trip since it is an important part in the multi-million dollar marketing campaign designed to use the London Olympics and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to woo more tourists to Britain.
On Friday night, the Prince launched the campaign on Sugarloaf Mountain by lifting the FA Cup.
David Beckham spoke by video link, telling Prince Harry to ‘get the party started as only he can’.
Harry responded, ‘That was David Beckham. Apparently he used to play football. Thank you, David.’
The Prince has also been promoting British business in Brazil, a country he said he had a special affection for.
He said, ‘Over the years, I’ve seen and heard so much about this extraordinary place,’
‘In fact, ever since my father told me about a certain dance he once had with a beautiful girl called Pina. It just seems to have stuck in his mind, for some reason . . .’
It was a light-hearted reference to the famous image of Prince Charles dancing enthusiastically with a scantily clad samba dancer named Pina de Beija-Flora during his visit to Rio in 1978.
‘Everything about Rio makes you want to dance,’ Harry said. ‘I’m just so thankful that my brother isn’t here because he might actually do it – and that would not be cool.
‘I feel that it’s going to be a great era for our two countries, for the friendship between us – something like a marriage. Now, there’s an idea . .
Great work Harry….