On his second day in the Caribbean, Prince Harry was left red-faced when Prime Minister Gaston Browne told His Royal Highness, in front of 300 guests, “I believe we are expecting a new princess soon.”
He then added, “I just want to say that should you make the decision to honeymoon – then Antigua and Barbuda want to welcome you. We have been voted consistently as the best honeymoon destination in the Caribbean – and one of the best in the world – so there will be nowhere in the world as special to spend your honeymoon when that day arrives.”
According to Express reporter Richard Palmer, Harry, who has only been dating Meghan Markle for a few months, grimaced and looked at his feet while Mr Browne spoke. His Royal Highness then attempted to avoid eye contact as Prime Minister Browne continued to speak.
Before Harry was to meet beauty queens on the island, he was further embarrassed when the Prime Minister joked, “Whatever is done here, stays here. So do not worry.”
The remarks were made at a party Prime Minister Browne hosted at Barnacle Point in Antigua.
After the Prime Minister had concluded his speech, he spoke with some of the assembled reporters and told them, “I believe Meghan is a very beautiful looking girl, they make a very good looking couple. I hope that Harry and Meghan come here for some quiet time very soon.”
Prince Harry also presented Mr Browne with a photo album on behalf of The Queen, which contained pictures from Her Majesty and Prince Philip’s 1977 trip to the island.
Prince Harry only recently confirmed the relationship with Ms Markle, an American actress, through a letter released by Kensington Palace asking for privacy and the unnecessary harassment of his girlfriend to stop. In the letter released on 8 November, Kensington Palace said that Ms Markle had been subjected to a “wave of abuse and harassment.”
This abuse includes racism in comment pieces, smears on the front pages of newspapers, and online internet trolls tormenting her with racist and sexist comments.
His Royal Highness has also recently said he would personally pay for a retired Scotland Yard Protection Officer to keep her safe.
Prince Harry’s trip continues tomorrow, 22 November, when he will travel to Barbuda for a series of engagements before returning to Antigua.