Before joining Australian army, Prince Harry chats up with public, tells them selfies are bad

Britain's Prince Harry joked and chatted with an enthusiastic crowd on Monday at his only scheduled public appearance during a monthlong embedment with Australia's army, declaring pride in his ginger hair and sharing advice with a self-obsessed younger generation that 'selfies are bad.'

hidden April 06, 2015 13:49:46 IST
Before joining Australian army, Prince Harry chats up with public, tells them selfies are bad

Canberra: Britain's Prince Harry joked and chatted with an enthusiastic crowd on Monday at his only scheduled public appearance during a monthlong embedment with Australia's army, declaring pride in his ginger hair and sharing advice with a self-obsessed younger generation that "selfies are bad."

The British army captain reported for duty in Australia's capital, Canberra, today to begin a four-week attachment to the Australian army that will take him to the east, west and north coasts of the vast nation.

Before joining Australian army Prince Harry chats up with public tells them selfies are bad

Prince Harry interacing with the crowd in Canberra on Monday. Reuters

But before he got down to military business, Harry ignored light rain and cool weather to shake hands and chat with hundreds of cheering well-wishers who gathered at cordons to welcome him outside the Australian War Memorial.

Perhaps because of his own history of embarrassing candid photos, he was less generous with teenagers who wanted to photograph themselves with him. He drew laughs when he urged one teen admirer to break the habit of taking "selfies."

"Seriously, you need to get out of it. I know you're young, but selfies are bad," Nine Network television recorded him saying.

Harry, fourth in line to the British throne he'll move to fifth when brother Prince William's second child is born also shook hands and gave a high-five to ginger-haired 12 year-old Ethan Toscan, who brought a banner that read "Redheads RULE!" Like in Britain, redheads are often teased in Australia, where they are known as "rangas" short for orangutans.
"He said that I was fabulous in making the sign and it's awesome to be a redhead," Ethan said later.

Young and old members of the public gathered at the memorial, as Harry laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before strolling to the museum's World War I and Afghanistan galleries.

Harry arrived at Sydney International Airport early today dressed in army fatigues, and changed into a dress uniform for the official functions at the memorial.

The 30-year-old veteran of two tours in Afghanistan later reported for duty to Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Australia's Defense Force chief, at the nearby Australian military officers' college.

Harry saluted his new boss, then delivered a letter from him his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. She wrote that it was appropriate that her second grandson visited as the two countries commemorated sacrifices made a century ago during World War I.

Captain Harry Wales, as he is known in the British army, will be embedded with a number of Australian army units and regiments in the cities of Darwin, Sydney and Perth.

Associated Press

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