Royal Family News – Prince Harry Salutes US Sailors in Surprise Pearl Harbor Visit on Veterans Day
Royal family news reveals that on Pearl Harbor Day, Prince Harry’s Archewell Foundation shared previously unseen images of the prince’s surprise visit to Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii for Veterans Day. Read on and we’ll share some of the details.
Royal Family News: Archewell Photo Drop
Royal Family news reveals that, according to PEOPLE, the five photos show the Duke of Sussex, 38, saluting Navy personnel who’ve mustered for the occasion. He posed with servicemen and their families, toured the USS Missouri memorial wall, and shook hands with Admiral John Aquilino, commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command.
On Tuesday, Pearl Harbor Day, the prince’s Archewell Foundation posted previously unseen photos from Harry’s surprise visit to Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii on Veterans Day. In the five photos, Harry, 38, saluted Navy personnel in formation, posed with servicemen and their families, toured a USS Missouri memorial wall, and shook hands with Admiral John Aquilino, commander of the U.S. Indo Pacific Command.
Prince Harry Tours USS Missouri, USS Arizona
Accompanying the images was a statement from Archewell that began, “In November, ahead of the 81st commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day, The Duke of Sussex visited Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Honolulu – a monument honoring the thousands of servicemembers, and civilians affected by the tragedy.”
The statement concluded, “As part of The Duke’s continued commitment to remembering and honoring military personnel, veterans and families, he toured the sites of the USS Missouri and the USS Arizona alongside Admiral Samuel Paparo (Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet) and Admiral John Aquilino (Commander, U.S Indo Pacific Command), paying his respects with a ceremonial laying of flowers at the reflection pool.”
Though the visit seemed very official, PEOPLE confirmed that the prince’s visit was of a personal nature. Signifying an austere moment in US history, the battleship USS Missouri was bombed by the Japanese forces in December of 1941. Over 1,100 sailors died as a result of the Pearl Harbor attack which thrust the US into the middle of World War II.
Prince Harry Interacts with Visitors to the War Memorial
Dan Conover, 23, who was touring the USS Arizona with his family for Veterans Day, revealed details of his brief interaction with the prince, saying, “He kind of approached us, adding, “I moved out of his way because he’s royalty, I figured I’d let him do his thing. He basically gave me a greeting. He was very respectful and courteous and nice. I moved out of his way, and he kind of patted me on the back and said, ‘You’re all good mate.’ It was a simple interaction, but he was very nice and courteous and respectful.”
Other eyewitnesses reportedly added that there was an assistant “who was basically explaining things to Prince Harry,” which can be seen in one of the images shared by the Archewell Foundation. We can only assume that the visit was likely meaningful to Harry who served in the British Army for 10 years completing two tours in Afghanistan.
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