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Prince Charles jokes about Prince Harry and ‘budgie smugglers’ during British Museum visit

The Prince of Wales thinks Prince Harry is enjoying Australia somewhat because he’s a red-haired ranga and cheekily said his son might start wearing budgie smugglers. For those unaware, budgie smugglers is the Australian slang term for men’s tight-fitting Speedo-style swimwear.

Harry is in Perth training with the Special Air Service Regiment at Campbell Barracks in Swanbourne and will also go to Sydney before leaving for an official tour of New Zealand on 9th May.

At the British Museum to tour the ‘Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation’ exhibition on Thursday in London, Prince Charles made those gathered with his comments about his son.

“I suspect my old Harry is pretty well acclimatised by now and will probably be eating lamingtons, Vegemite sandwiches, Iced VoVos and Violet Crumble bars and may even be threatening to buy a pair of budgie smugglers,” Charles told the crowd.

“Whatever the case, I am sure he’ll be happy Down Under because of the Aussies’ fondness for rangas.”

The Prince of Wales did take a serious tone. He spoke how Harry, like himself, are struck by the deep spiritual relationship that indigenous Australians have with the land “which is part of their being in every sense”.

The British Museum exhibition, opened last week and will run until August, is the first major show in the UK to showcase a history of Indigenous Australia through objects.

The artefacts on display include a shield possibly collected in 1770 by Captain Cook or one of his men at Botany Bay,

Charles commented the exhibition examined the “immense impact” of European settlement and dealt with complicated and painful episodes in Australian history, including dispossession, social dislocation and the stolen generations.

During his visit, Charles received a eucalyptus leaf artwork as a gift. He commented that his: “great hope is that exhibitions of this kind can help build a bridge to enable indigenous and non-indigenous people to communicate with, and understand, one another more effectively.”

“If it can also inspire us to regain that sense of reverence for the natural environment, which is so much a part of the innate wisdom of all indigenous communities around the world, then perhaps it will have helped us all to learn to be better custodians of the planet,” noted Charles.

As the baby Cambridge wait continues, Charles mentioned earlier on Thursday that he is hoping for a girl. Charles noted his hope for a granddaughter during the ceremony at Windsor Castle in which The Queen presented New Colours to the Welsh Guards.

Featured Photo Credit: Army Medicine via Flickr

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