Prince Harry’s here! Prince Harry’s here! (Here being, um, SoCal)

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Prince Harry has arrived in Southern California, and the military couldn’t be more excited!

OK, that’s probably an exaggeration. Did we say ‘military’ when we meant to say ‘the Ministry’? No matter -- Prince Harry fans, as well as wanna-be princesses in Southern California (and that’s certainly a significant portion of the population) are taking note as the eligible bachelor, age 27, lands in the U.S.

The helicopter pilot has arrived at El Centro’s U.S. Naval Air Facility. He’ll be in the U.S. for two months of training, which also will take him to Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in southern Arizona.

As The Times’ L.A. Now blog notes, while in Southern California, the prince will practice firing missiles, rockets and cannons from an Apache helicopter. Part of the attraction for training in the southwestern U.S. is that the harsh desert environment is similar to that of Afghanistan, where Harry may soon return.


With that to look forward to, Prince Harry may want to let off some steam, as he has been known to do at times. Those with princess aspirations may want to check out possible area nightspots. If Harry can dance to house music and leap into a pool in Croatia, he could cut a rug in El Centro.

And if El Centro isn’t quite enough for the royal wild child, it’s less than two hours’ drive west from the base to, say, the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, where the likes of Ashton Kutcher have been reported to let off some steam.

In and around his lifestyle, Harry has risen to the rank of captain in Britain’s Army Air Corps, where he’s known as Capt. Harry Wales, a name that may bring to mind Captain America. Surnames have a long and complicated history among British royalty, but the official website of the British monarchy says, in large part, princes don’t need to dilly-dally with things like surnames.

For the most part, members of the Royal Family who are entitled to the style and dignity of HRH Prince or Princess do not need a surname, but if at any time any of them do need a surname (such as upon marriage), that surname is Mountbatten-Windsor.

Wales. So much easier.


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