CNN is touting its “exclusive” report that Prince Harry has taken an apartment in Kensington Palace, moving into the same royal complex occupied by his brother and sister-in-law.
CNN said that the move, when viewed along with the high-profile success of Harry’s Diamond Jubilee Caribbean tour, “is seen as a sign that the increasingly mature 27-year-old is putting his wild past behind him.”
Harry had previously lived at Clarence House, the home of his father, Prince Charles, where he had smallish quarters with a bedroom and study.
William and Harry “wanted to be together,” a royal source told CNN.
“Prince Harry and Prince William are a double act for the rest of their lives,” the source was quoted as saying.
CNN, which is airing a documentary about Harry on Friday night, also “reveals” that the Prince’s nickname at his military academy was “Harry Potter.”
In other news about Prince Harry:
• Harry appears to have shed his playboy prince image in just a few short weeks. After wowing audiences as his grandmother’s representative in the Caribbean, he went to Brazil as an “ambassador” for UK business interests.
The Telegraph wrote that British officials felt that “his relaxed and friendly approach will provide a business spin-off despite Argentine efforts to persuade Latin American countries to back its anti-British Falklands campaign.”
The fun-loving side of Harry was in evidence in Brazil as well. He played volleyball and rugby on sundrenched beaches, and went on a run with a supermodel. But the prince also focused on his Sentebale charity, which helps at-risk children. He set up the charity with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006, and he’s using the attention to take the work of Sentebale beyond the south African country where it originated.
In an interview in Brazil, CBS News’ Seth Doane told the prince that when he began his tour, “the press was all talking about where you might party – now they’re talking about what a diplomat you are.”
Harry responded, “I’m definitely not a diplomat,” saying that he was simply representing his grandmother. And then he turned the praise back to the countries that he visited: “These are countries that don’t take themselves too seriously. They enjoy life. Everything’s fun,” he said. “You can’t just sit there with your arms crossed, and wearing a tie or whatever. You’ve got to relax, you’ve got to go with the flow.…But with them showing all the warmth that they have, you’ve got to give something back.”
Some have suggested that Harry’s natural ease and lack of pretension have their roots in his wilder days.
“The impulsiveness of Harry’s youth has turned into the fun you saw on the Usain Bolt track in Jamaica,” a royal source told CNN. “He has matured.”
And it appears that he actually enjoys traveling and meeting new people.
Max Foster, CNN’s royal correspondent, says Harry doesn’t just view his visits as pro forma responsibilities. “Harry turns every engagement into an event, and that’s what makes him unique as a royal.”
• At the same time, even before Harry left Brazil, it appeared that there were those who were trying to twist the prince’s newfound image even further. Almost immediately after discarding his old image, he was being cast as a lonely hearts case.
“Lonely prince looking for love,” the Mirror proclaimed in its headline. “Harry opens his heart on his search for a fairytale princess.”
The tabloid was referring to another part of his interview with CBS in which he said: “I mean look at me, I’m 27 years old, and not so much searching for someone to fulfill the role, but obviously, you know, finding someone that would be willing to take it on.”
• The Daily Mail is asking whether Harry might be getting back together with his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy. The two were seen talking at Princess Eugenie’s birthday party last Friday at Windsor Castle.
• If it turns out that the prince really is lonely, another tabloid suggested that an “invite to hang out with his old mate P. Diddy” might cheer him up. The two met at the memorial concert for Diana five years ago, and The Sun quoted Diddy as saying that he’s “hoping to catch up with Prince Harry” this summer in London: “He’s such a cool guy, and it’s about time we hung out.”