Prince Harry meets pop­star Ri­hanna twice in one day

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Prince Harry has met Bar­ba­dos’s big­gest star, Ri­hanna, twice in a day at events mark­ing 50 years of in­de­pen­dence.

At an af­ter­noon event in Bridgetown, Prince Harry kept the singer wait­ing as he stopped to greet the pres­i­dent of Guyana first, be­fore turn­ing to her.

Ri­hanna, who has had eight UK num­ber ones and 29 UK top 10 hits, stood to greet the prince, who said: “Hello, it’s very nice to meet you.”

The pair later sat side-by-side on stage at a cel­e­bra­tory con­cert.

A se­nior royal aide said the prince, who wore his medals and his in­signia as a Knight Com­man­der of the Royal Vic­to­rian Or­der, had been told 20 min­utes be­fore he ar­rived at the af­ter­noon gala that Ri­hanna would be there.

“We thought he would be meet­ing her for the first time at the con­cert,” he said.

Ri­hanna wore a blue dress and opted for strik­ing yel­low fin­ger

nails - both colours are on the Bar­ba­dos flag.

Prince Harry read a mes­sage from the Queen to mark the an­niver­sary of the mo­ment - on 30 Novem­ber 1966 - that the coun­try broke away from Bri­tish rule.

Later, Prince Harry and Ri­hanna sat next to each other on stage at a con­cert at Kens­ing­ton Oval cricket ground in Bridgetown.

The 20,000-strong crowd cheered and chanted Prince Harry’s name when he was in­tro­duced, prompt­ing a smile from the royal.

But there was an even big­ger re­sponse for Bar­ba­dos-born Ri­hanna.

Prince Harry told the au­di­ence: “Your in­de­pen­dence was a dec­la­ra­tion of con­fi­dence in the fu­ture.

“And 50 years on Bar­ba­dos is a coun­try right­fully proud of its vi­brant cul­ture, its sport­ing prow­ess, and its nat­u­ral beauty that at­tracts vis­i­tors from all over the world.”

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