Prince Harry of Britain, attired in a navy suit and blue tie, commenced on Saturday his royal visit to Australia, charming his way into the hearts of many Aussie women, including the adult daughters of Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Being accessible to the local females was possible because the fourth-in-line heir to the British throne did not have his girlfriend Cressida Bonas by his side.
Of course, the front-seat privilege went to Bridget and Frances Abbott who were accompanied by their mum, Margie, and dad in welcoming the monarch. Part of this special privilege was posing for photo with the bachelor-prince under a Moreton bay fig and then heading for the gates of Kirribilli where the rest of the Aussies had an opportunity to shake the hand of Prince Harry and ask for autographs.
Bridget Abbott, surely now the envy of many Aussie women, even had a conversation with Captain Wales, as the prince is known in the British military, while sister Frances and dad walked behind them on the way into the PM's residence.
Conspicuously absent was 24-year-old Burberry model Cressida Bonas who was with the prince in an event in London for two nights last week. The first was the James Blunt concert at Notting Hill and the second was the staging of The Book of Mormon in West End.
One greeter even had the gall to ask the prince, "When are you getting married?' But the question appeared to fall on deaf ears, although Prince Harry managed to laugh.
The prince, after being caught in a royal scandal in 2012 when he was pictured naked while playing strip poker with Las Vegas women, is expected not to engage anymore in another round of that game for two reasons. First, he reportedly incurred the ire of his grandmum, Queen Elizabeth, for such behaviour, and Ms Bonas temporarily split from him upon learning of his naked romp with Vegas chicks.
His trip, this time, being official, appear more focused and more noble than last year, with Prince Harry meeting young Aussie volunteers who work with less fortunate people through Fighting Chance, a disability support group.
On the lawn, the prince joined the crowd of paralympians, young business people and war veterans as Mr Abbott informed the royal visitor, "Prince Harry, I regret to say not everyone in Australia is a monarchist, but today everyone feels like a monarchist," quoted The Sydney Morning Herald.
His morning was a more sober affair as Prince Harry spent the time inspecting warship. His visit is mainly to mark the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy fleet's sailing into Sydney Harbour, celebrated with a procession of boats from around the world.