Royal Roundup: Prince Harry Will Head to the U.S. in Early October

Prince Harry in New York in 2009. (AP/Chris Jackson)

It’s official. Prince Harry will arrive in the U.S. in early October for his Apache helicopter training at two American military bases.

A spokeswoman for the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, California said the Prince’s training would start there and then continue at the Air Force Auxiliary Air Field in Gila Bend, Arizona. Harry’s courses will include environmental training, live firing, and tactical exercises.

It’s been previously reported that the Prince will stay in the U.S. for two to three months.

Already, apparently, West Coast women are preparing for the arrival of the world’s most eligible bachelor. In San Diego, KPBS Home Post blog writer Beth Ford Roth commented, “Oddly, I’ve had several female colleagues offer to go out to the base and report on his arrival…”

In other royal related news:

• Harry’s trip to the U.S. is still a month away, and in addition to his continued UK military training, he still has his royal duties. On Wednesday in London, Harry spoke and presented awards at the annual charity for WellChild, an organization that honors young children coping with serious illness.

Hannah Jones, one of the honorees, told her hometown newspaper, The Chester Chronicle, that the Prince “was so down to earth and was interested in everyone’s story.” The 18-year-old, who suffers from a brain tumor, was recognized for raising more than £140,000 ($227,000) for brain cancer charities.

Courtesy of The Telegraph, here’s some of what Harry had to say at the dinner for the charity, of which he is a patron:

• But let’s not forget the old Prince Harry, the wild party animal we’ve all come to know and love. The Daily Mail reports that the Prince is “relaxed” about the news and photos of his plunge into a pool last weekend while he was dancing in a nightclub on a Croatian island. According to the paper, however, his friends say he’s a “wee bit embarrassed” about what he’s termed his “dad-style” dancing. We assume that by “dad-style,” Harry means in the manner of his own dad, who would happen to be the next King of England, Prince Charles. In case you haven’t seen the video of Harry’s Dalmatian antics, which the Roundup has only linked to so far, here it is, again courtesy of The Telegraph:

• Pippa Middleton got a parking ticket. She was heading into her job at a firm that tries to turn underground steam into electrical energy. But the point is that she got a parking ticket, and we’ve got a number of questions that The Telegraph didn’t answer. Was giving Pippa a ticket an oversight or a way of demonstrating that she should be treated just like everyone else? Will the traffic officer who gave her the ticket be rewarded or reprimanded? Will the fine be quickly dismissed because Pippa’s the sister of the next Queen of England? Or is the fact that she’s only the future Queen’s sister – and perhaps not enough of a royal herself – the reason she got the ticket in the first place?

• The Duchess of Cambridge has been getting fashion advice from a Queen, but it’s not Queen Elizabeth. It’s Queen Latifah, who told New York magazine that she’d probably give Kate “a pair of my skinny moto jeans and a fresh moto jacket with a cool tank, and I’d probably get her a nice pair of Ralph Lauren boots, throw her on a cool-ass motorcycle and tell her to go.” But the comedienne, who’s launching her own fashion line, says Kate’s doing just fine on her own: “I think she has a great sense of taste, and she seems just like a girl’s girl, and she knows how to have fun with the boys. I don’t think she should change anything about what she’s done and just be herself and not worry too much about what everyone thinks because that’s when you start making the wrong choices.”

As for Kate’s sister, the actress feels that people should let Pippa be Pippa: “I wouldn’t change a thing. Pippa’s still kind of up and coming to me — she should get to wear whatever she wants. It’s the time to experiment with the kinds of things she wears.”